Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
First Major Trip
Plan your first few days for lower mileage, don't try to make 600-800 miles in the saddle the first days of your trip. Maybe set 400-500 at the most for the first couple of days. Stop after every couple of hours, fuel the bike, fuel yourself ie eat something, drink water, pee. This is important, staying hydrated helps you keep alert.
I carry either beef jerky pieces and/or m&ms in my pocket to snack on while riding. The salt and the sugar will make you thirsty so drink water, best to have a cup holder or bottle holder within reach. This activity keeps you alert.
Pack light, 4 shirts (at least 1 long sleeve), 4 underwear, 4 pair socks, lightweight hoodie and a layered riding jacket system. invest in good quality rain gear, boots and gaitors. Pack your heavy items low in the saddlebags and low in the tourpak.
Have your pharmacist blister pack your meds like they do for folks in the seniors home, helps you track what you've taken, what day your took it on and eliminated bulky pill bottles. They can put the labels on the inside cover.
Even the cheapest motels have shampoo and soap and a hair dryer. I highly recommend taking your own tooth brush, toothpaste, shaving equipment and deodorant or anti-perspirant.
I take birkenstocks for wearing on my feet after the days riding, some folks like sneakers. The sandals pack flatter.
Put everything you think you will need and want on the bed before the trip and then pack only what you need.
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