Rock'n the Road, the guide to your next adventure.


EQUIPMENT
The Lists

The following lists are summaries of suggested equipment, most of which is detailed elsewhere in this manual. Don't overpack! In fact, underpack, then spend the first few weeks learning what you really do need, and just buy it on the road, because in this great country, there are Wal-marts everywhere.
  • Clothing - Carry enough for 1 week. Needs vary by climate and activity. Here is a minimum (for men):
    • 4-6 shirts
    • 7 pr. underwear
    • 7 pr. socks (fewer with sandals)
    • 1 pr. shorts
    • 1 pr. swim trunks
    • 1 belt
    • 1 long sleeve, warm shirt
    • 1 light jacket

  • Clothes for bikers - When bikers go on road trips, they usually load up on the heavy gear. But on an extended trip, keep in mind that you will have to either wear or pack all this junk, all the time. Chaps look fancy, and do protect your legs somewhat, but do you really want to wear them 18 hours a day? A heavy rainsuit looks neat, but where to you store it? On an extended trip, you have more freedom, and when it looks like rain, you can pull over, work on your web site and let it pass. Good boots are a must, as is a helmet (a good helmet, not just a novelty "skid-lid".)

    • 1 Lightweight, leather jacket
    • 1 lightweight rainsuit
    • 1 pr. riding boots
    • 1 Helmet
    • 1 pr. gloves

  • Promotional Materials -
    • 500 Calling cards
    • 20 Media kits, including a: Press release; Copy of web site main page; Copy of one article from site; Photograph (one color and one B/w, if possible; Calling Cards; Copy of article written about you.
    • 50 Thank you notes
    • 100 Trinkets (key chain, fridge magnets, small stickers - anything with your web site name on them. I didn't use these, but I like the idea.
    • 1 original for each of these, so when you run low, you can just stop into a copy shop and reload.

  • Supplies -
    • Office: Paper clips, Post-it Notes, tape, pencils, pens
    • Highlighters for coloring maps
    • Flashlight
    • Radio
    • 25ft. Extension Cord
    • 6ft. Extension Cord with 3-way outlet
    • Zip-loc bags, quart-size, to put things in. Get the heavy, freezer bags with the plastic handle things - spoil yourself.
    • Sleeping bag
    • "sleep sack" a sheet sewn into a bag which serves as a liner for the sleeping bag.
    • Small pillow
    • Hat
    • Raincoat
    • Backpack
    • Bug repellant
    • Snake bite kit
    • Toiletries (use travel sizes, use soap for shaving cream, or an electric razor, small mirror, and put it all in a zip-loc bag.)
    • Medication: Put all aspirin, pain reliever and vitamins in a small tackle box, the size of a deck of cards.
    • 12volt to 110 volt power inverter

  • Camera -
    • Batteries, several
    • Charger
    • Storage media
    • Lens cleaning cloths
    • Tripod
    • Data transfer cable or card adapter

  • Computer -
    • CD-ROM Drive
    • Storage (Zip, Super or CD recorder)
    • Spare battery
    • Charger
    • Printer (not necessary, but getting one of those slim, laptop ones would be nice.)
    • Telephone extension cable (12')
    • Telephone multitap adapter, to plug two lines into one.
    • Telephone line tester, for covertly "surfing" libraries, truck stops and other places for a live line.

  • Tools - These are all of the tools I carried with me. They include ones for working on the motorcycle as well as on the camper trailer.

    • Wrenches, Combination: 1/2", 7/16", 3/8", 11/32", 5/16", 1/4"
    • Wrench, Adjustable: 1 1/4"
    • Pliers, Channel Lock: 1", 1 1/2"
    • Pliers, Needlenose
    • Pliers, Vise Grip: 1"
    • Breaker Bar: 3/8"
    • Sockets: Full set of SAE, Spark Plug
    • Screwdriver, racheting
    • Screwdriver bits: Phillips #1, #2, Standard #1, #2
    • Allen Head wrenches: Full set of SAE
    • Star Head bits: T10, T15, T25, T30, T40
    • Oil Filter Wrench: 3/8" socket mount
    • Screwdriver: 4-way, with 2 sockets
    • Screwdriver: 4-head, jewelers
    • Tire Pressure Gauges: 0-100 lbs & 0-20 lbs
    • Awl: 4"
    • Soldering Iron: 30 watt
    • Multimeter, digital, pocket size
    • Razor Knife: 3/8"
    • Scissors: 4"
    • Sewing Kit
    • Loctite, Medium Strength: .03 oz.
    • Pencil, wrapped with 24" each: Duct, Electrical and Metal Tapes
    • Masking Tape: 1/2"
    • Cord: 1/8" X 48"
    • Heat Shrink Tubing: Assorted, 1 dozen
    • Cable Ties: Assorted, 2 dozen 5", 1 dozen 12"
    • Wood Saw, cable type
    • Super Glue - twin pack
    • Test Light, 12 Volt
    • Electrical Connectors, assorted
    • Spare Fuses, blade: 15 Amp standard and mini
    • All kept in small, canvas tool bag from Sears
    • Shop Manual

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