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Bicycle Travel => Gear Talk => Topic started by: big blue cat on July 11, 2020, 12:21:04 pm

 
Title: A must item
Post by: big blue cat on July 11, 2020, 12:21:04 pm
What item in your bicycle touring bag that's under $10 that you
can't live without.
Title: Re: A must item
Post by: John Nettles on July 11, 2020, 12:27:03 pm
A $10 bill  ;D . That way I can hopefully buy what I need.  Realistically, there is nothing that I MUST have but a lot of things I should have. 

Tear Aid patches, sunscreen, AA batteries, etc. are all pretty essential for me and cost under $10.


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Post by: canalligators on July 11, 2020, 10:48:21 pm
Good quality tweezers.  For first aid, grooming and removing fine steel wire (from truck tire carcasses) from your tires.
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Post by: Tandem Tom on July 12, 2020, 07:21:10 am
Toilet Paper!
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Post by: BikePacker on July 12, 2020, 09:29:15 am
Bible.
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Post by: Tandem Tom on July 12, 2020, 09:48:10 am
Our's is on a Kindle.
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Post by: Pat Lamb on July 12, 2020, 10:18:42 am
Way over budget ($30): Swiss Army knife.  Opens cans and bottles (and wine bottles, apparently), cuts tough meat and tent cords or clothesline, tweezers, and scissors to trim fingernails and open recalcitrant energy bar packages.

Forgot to add, brightly colored so you have a chance to find it when you drop it in grass or leaves.
Title: Re: A must item
Post by: John Nettles on July 12, 2020, 12:05:00 pm
Our's is on a Kindle.
+1.  A kindle or even the phone if you really want to save weight is less than a book but I do prefer the feel of a real book.
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Post by: donald.stewart.92 on July 14, 2020, 11:42:02 am
Nail clippers!


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Title: Re: A must item
Post by: froze on July 26, 2020, 07:34:39 pm
What item in your bicycle touring bag that's under $10 that you
can't live without.

Gee that's tough, but I guess I would have to go with one days worth of food.
Title: Re: A must item
Post by: BikeliciousBabe on July 27, 2020, 07:28:59 am
Corkscrew.

Blood thinners.
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Post by: hikerjer on July 27, 2020, 08:54:20 pm
Ibuprofen
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Post by: John Nelson on July 28, 2020, 01:07:30 am
If you can't live without it, it doesn't matter what it costs.
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Post by: gottobike on August 09, 2020, 03:45:32 pm
Bandanna. A must for any/all outdoor activities.
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Post by: Tandem Tom on August 09, 2020, 03:53:55 pm
Timely!!! We are in the midst of packing and I hadn't thought of that!!
Thanks!!
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Post by: BikeFreak on August 15, 2020, 04:02:08 pm
A folding cup for my oat meal in the morning.
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Post by: hikerjer on August 19, 2020, 12:37:53 am
Actually, I don't know it's that important nuntil I discover I don't have it.
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Post by: rmball28 on August 24, 2020, 05:19:12 pm
Baby wipes
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Post by: wildtoad on August 28, 2020, 03:23:46 pm
If I'm touring in a dry season area, my plastic mallet for tent stakes. Maybe not truly essential but saves lots of unnecessary drama!

Cheap mesh bag to hold eating utensils/cup/plate...keeps everything together and stuff will dry in the bag after washing.

Wipes/hand sanitizer
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Post by: Nyimbo on August 30, 2020, 05:57:54 pm
Corkscrew.

Blood thinners.
Lol
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Post by: John Nettles on August 30, 2020, 08:13:32 pm
Bandanna. A must for any/all outdoor activities.
I have carried a bandana for 5+ years and think I have only used it a handful of times.  However, it is potentially so useful, I keep bringing it.  What do you actually use it for?  I think some of the uses are a "sweat rag", a sling in case you injure your arm, a place mat, a cover for a wound, a water filtration pre-filter for silty water (that is what I use it for), and a place to put small parts when working on the bike.

Tailwinds, John


Title: Re: A must item
Post by: BikePacker on August 31, 2020, 08:13:12 am
Bandanna. A must for any/all outdoor activities.
I have carried a bandana for 5+ years and think I have only used it a handful of times.  However, it is potentially so useful, I keep bringing it.  What do you actually use it for? *  I think some of the uses are a "sweat rag", a sling in case you injure your arm, a place mat, a cover for a wound, a water filtration pre-filter for silty water (that is what I use it for), and a place to put small parts when working on the bike.
Tailwinds, John
*Now a-days : (,
to get into retail locations along 'the way' that require a Mask?
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Post by: Pat Lamb on August 31, 2020, 08:28:04 am
Bandanna. A must for any/all outdoor activities.
I have carried a bandana for 5+ years and think I have only used it a handful of times.  However, it is potentially so useful, I keep bringing it.  What do you actually use it for? 

If I didn't blow my nose on it last night in the tent, I'll use it to clean my glasses when sweat drips down onto them.

Minor rant:  I HATE dripping sweat on my glasses!!
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Post by: gottobike on September 05, 2020, 12:56:31 am
Bandanna. A must for any/all outdoor activities.

Uses:
Sweat band
Hair band
Head scarf
Wash cloth
Dish towel
Sun shade
Eye shade
Lamp shade
Dust mask
Smoke mask
Sand storm mask
Insect mask
COVID-19 mask (added 2020)
Ascot
Tie down
Prefilter for water filter
Fruit/vegetable bag
Tent shelf

And my number one use for a bandana is to wet with water and wipe smog and road debris from face and forehead before it gets into my eyes.