- GPS - powered by bike. NUVI 500*.
- Paper Maps - 1 for each state to be traveled in plus, regional maps and printed detail maps of select areas.
- Cheaters - so that I will be able to read the paper maps.
- Cell phone - with wall charger, 12v charger and 12v adapter for bike.
- Laptop - in protective case with power cord.**
- Postcard stamps - yes I buy and mail postcards during my journeys.
- Laptop - also see Communication.
- Paper and pencil - doesn't get much more analog than that. Small note book in tank-bag for taking notes during the day.
- Small camera - to be carried on person for impromptu riding photos. Must be able to fit in gear pocket, and be able to operate with gloves on. Canon G9.
- Infrared Camera - because I like to take IR photos. Canon G6 or Canon S5IS
- DSLR - for better quality photos and more control. requires at least 2 lens, 3 filters/holders and timer/remote. Canon XTi, 50mm f1.8 mkI, Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-3.5.***
- Video - GoPro HD Hero, appropriate mounting bits and pieces, extra lens covers.
- Accessories - appropriate battery's, chargers and memory cards for all recording devices. Gittos tripod, Manfrotto Magic arm with super clamp and camera mount. QR plates, cleaning cloths, Small bag or backpack for hiking.
* On previous trips I have taken a small hand held GPS (Garmin eTrex Legend Cx), It's a nice back-up to have, but is it really needed? It runs on AA battery's, so if I brought it I would need another charger and even more extra battery's, unless my IR camera is a S5IS, it also uses AA battery's. So if I bring a Canon S5IS, then I can bring the eTrex, right? I really want to bring the eTrex, as I like that the display can be set to show data fields of your choosing, for example; altitude, time of day, speed, heading etc. My new Nuvi shows only what it deems necessary.
** Laptops are HEAVY and do I really need one? Will the world stop turning if I don't have a computer with me? Will any body miss me If I don't answer emails for 2 weeks? Laptops carry a lot of personal information, that if ending up in the wrong hands can do much damage or worse it can be destroyed in an accident. I really like my laptop, it has lots of memories stored in it, so I think I will lock it up while I'm gone. But I would really like to have a computer with me to update friends and family of my journey and to back-up my so maybe I will look for a netbook, that will let me keep up with friends and family when in a hotspot and back-up images, videos and words. I doubt it will handle Photoshop or video editing, which is good as I won't spend all night trying to get the perfect cut on that crashing video...
*** Photography, I just feel that I need to bring it all, but on the bike I would have to leave all my clothes and tooth brush at home in order to do so. I have been struggling with whether I should bring my DSLR, I hope to find my self in situations that no other camera suffice to get the shot. On my last journey I used it only a couple of times over a two week period, but no other camera would have gotten the shot's. If I don't take the DSLR and I find my self in that one situation where only it will do, it will haunt me forever. So in the end the DSLR will be along for the ride. Maybe I can leave the G9 at home, but I will need to find a small camera that can be operated with gloves on and that takes great photos. The G9 and the DSLR share a battery charger/battery's so anything new will introduce another battery charger and battery's. Ideally I will find a Canon G7 or G9 to convert to IR then I will have only one battery charger for the three still cameras, Compact Flash for the DSLR and SD for the rest. Simple enough, right?
Well is that overly complex enough for you?
See you on the road, if I get my sh*t together.