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What do you carry in your emergency travel kit?

So my wife and I are planning a trip down to Nashville in early summer. We have not traveled more than 4 hours from home so this will be our first real trip out of state on the bike. So I am wondering what I should pack from an emergency standpoint. Tire pump (manual or small electric) tire plug kit, first aid kit, etc. Any other suggestions or recommendations?
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So my wife and I are planning a trip down to Nashville in early summer. We have not traveled more than 4 hours from home so this will be our first real trip out of state on the bike. So I am wondering what I should pack from an emergency standpoint. Tire pump (manual or small electric) tire plug kit, first aid kit, etc. Any other suggestions or recommendations?
Ha, well since you asked;
Manual bicycle tire pump, really nice air gauge with push button that lets air out, zip ties, gorilla tape, headlamp, small socket set, some small wrenches, small set of plyers, reversible screw driver thing, shop rag, hand pumping gas siphon tube, first aid kit, spare bungees, Honda spray and microfiber cloth to clean visor, mini can of WD-40, fuses, Anker portable battery jumper/battery pack, I'm sure there's more.
I'm like the inspector gadget of Motorcyclist though and probably not the best minimalist example. But when I see someone stranded and they ask for tools I reply Air or electric?

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On that bike, whatever tools you would need to access the battery and fuses under the fairings would be cool
in addition to what you have mentioned. Pulling an axle to remove a wheel requires large torx bits.
Tool kit, with Cable ties, an LED flashlight or headband light, vise grips, small loop of mechanics wire.

And I've never gone anywhere without my tool kit, blanket, water & beef jerky, dried fruit & nuts, and hidden cash & spare key. LOL
I have pretty much lived on my bikes up to this point.
I didn't usually travel as far, as often as I have travelled long, but I did some overnighters.

Being a new FJR owner hoping for some longer interstate trips now, I'll be watching your other replies as well.

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Spousal unit and I have traveled for as long as two months at a time on our bikes. I have to carry tools for two different bikes and tend to over do it a bit. Most of the important items have been mentioned, but here's what I carry.

- Electric pump (a hand pump does not save space and is a pain to use)
- Air gage (checkout the Cyclepump brand)
- Tire plugs and patches (plugs don't always work)
- Bead breaker (if your riding partner has tubes in her tires)
- Four feet of clear aquarium hose to use as a siphon hose
- A one gallon coffee bag from Starbucks. The bag will fold up to the size of a wallet but is metallicized and can hold gas.
- Motorcycle jumper cables and a lithium battery pack.
- Rescue tape and duct tape.
- Fuses.
- Assortment of hand tools (I carry a bunch in hopes that someone may come along who knows how to use them)
- Zip ties.
- Assortment of fasteners.
- JB Weld.
- Head lamp and flashlight.
- Small LED red flashing light to use as an emergency marker at night.
- A good roadside assistance plan (checkout the Allstate RV plan. Nearly unlimited towing for any vehicle you are on or in)
- Some electrical wire.
- SPOT Emergency locator (or some similar device)
- Cellular Phone with charger.

It is important to note that much of our travel has been in areas where it is a long way to help. Alaska, The Yukon, Northern British Columbia, and even Montana, Idaho and other rural areas.

There is probably more that I can't remember.

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Tyre repair kit and small electric compressor, very basic hand tools, EPIRB (for medical emergency), and a roadside assistance membership for everything else If the bike breaks and I can't fix with basic hand tools on the side of the road, then its going to need a lot more than I can possibly carry.
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Smith&Wesson M&P shield 9mm and spare magazine.
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Smith&Wesson M&P shield 9mm and spare magazine.
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Tire plug kit. Cell phone and credit card.
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^^^Same here^^^

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Under seat I have minimal tools, tire plug kit and co2 inflator, flashlight, cash, and probably a couple of other things I've forgotten about. Cellphone, SPOT, SOF-T or similar tourniquet, and auto opening knife or always onboard somewhere. Nothing wrong with a gun if the bearer has the training to use it. That said, the average traveler is far more likely to need a cellphone or minor repair than a tool to deal with an unavoidable and imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.
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