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Was My Packing Over The Top? (4-Day Camping Solo)

Did I "overdue it?"


Seems like I packed waaaaay to much (although I did eat and drink everything I brought, etc.)


Sure, sure I packed some extra clothes that were never actually worn (in the Catskill Mountains in early June - ya' never know...) -- and it was just "me" hauling everything (tent, sleeping bag, food, "necessities," etc.).


I'm open to suggestions from "real" travelers/ campers... Ha!


P.S. It was awesome - can't wait to try again...


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Not at all :-) Here is mine for a 2-day camping trip. However, the packing for 2 days or 10 days are pretty much the same :-)

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Here is mine loaded for a 5 night trip. The kitchen sink is in the bottom bag.
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Here is mine loaded for a 5 night trip. The kitchen sink is in the bottom bag.
Now that IS ridiculous. I spent a week touring BC and packed nothing more than would fit in the saddle bags and a V47 trunk.
We were staying in hotels though.

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I don't think anybody's packing for however long is "ridiculous" or "over the top", especially when traveling solo. You pack what you like. There's no one else to worry or care about. I say do what feels right and makes you feel stress free on your trip and the h3ll with what anyone else thinks or says. Sure, you learn as you go along, "I could have done without this" or "I could have left that home" but you know what? Who cares? Take it along, who's gonna b!tch at you? I understand for some it's a grand [imaginary] contest of who can get by with the least or some "Man vs Wild" thing but I choose not to play. I can easily pack for 4 or 5 days and sometimes I still have a big nearly-empty bag sitting on the rear seat whilst traveling. Yes, empty. All the better to bring stuff home for the wife, coworkers and me dogs .

IMHO traveling on the bike should be as stress free as possible. If taking along extra stuff does that for you then yer a winner! And OP, IMHO if what you took served your purposes then you are a "real" camper so just keep doing what you're doing, it works fine!
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Here's mine in Nova Scotia last year. I loaded for three weeks.

The bag on the passenger saddle has two weeks' of clothes, and the right bag has one week's. The Givi had computer, camera, toiletries, and other stuff deemed necessary for the trip. The left bag always has tools, air compressor, etc. that always lives there.

I too camp in hotels I can therefore do one week easily without the large bag on the seat. I decided this year, on a NW trip that I'm going to go with one week's clothes next time and just wash along the way. It's kind of a pain in the rear to remove and replace that bag every day. Whether I'll stick to that plan or not remains to be seen

FWIW, the bike handles quite well that way. I've never experienced a wiggle or wobble, but I do ride it like a touring bike when loaded.


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Here's my bike all packed for my 29 day, 48 state ride. Camped about one-third of the time. No problems, just a tad bit more careful when negotiating gravel roads.
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I don't think anybody's packing for however long is "ridiculous" or "over the top", especially when traveling solo. You pack what you like. There's no one else to worry or care about. I say do what feels right and makes you feel stress free on your trip and the h3ll with what anyone else thinks or says. Sure, you learn as you go along, "I could have done without this" or "I could have left that home" but you know what? Who cares? Take it along, who's gonna b!tch at you? I understand for some it's a grand [imaginary] contest of who can get by with the least or some "Man vs Wild" thing but I choose not to play. I can easily pack for 4 or 5 days and sometimes I still have a big nearly-empty bag sitting on the rear seat whilst traveling. Yes, empty. All the better to bring stuff home for the wife, coworkers and me dogs .

IMHO traveling on the bike should be as stress free as possible. If taking along extra stuff does that for you then yer a winner! And OP, IMHO if what you took served your purposes then you are a "real" camper so just keep doing what you're doing, it works fine!
Thanks for the insight (actually, that's EXACTLY how I feel about packing vs. "overpacking"). If I need something - I've got it. If I didn't need it - perhaps NEXT time I can do without, etc? I woke up the second day, packed up my steed (lightly) and took a 2-1/2 hour road trip to Cooperstown, NY (Baseball Hall of Fame)! Cute town, saw the sights, spent the day mucking about and returned to my "home away from home." It was awesome to see my tent, camp chair, pile of wood at the ready all set up and waiting for my return. I spent that night staring up at the Full Moon, sipping on some Single Malt Scotch and puffing on a (few) cigars! Well worth the "extra" packing, etc.

Can't wait till next time...!
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You think YOU overpack. LOL
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I pack what I want. Heck, I can't even make myself leave the top case at home when I'm commuting. I spent years where every other weekend I was distance hiking or canoe or kayak camping. Every ounce represented something you had to exert effort to bring along. Now, if I can manage, I ride hard and sleep Hilton.
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