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most important thing, as many squirt water bottles as u can bring to rinse a clogged up radiator.d.
I started carrying a little bilge pump this year.(Have used it 3 times so far)
added a 90 degree reducer to the 1/2" hose and it works well.Just find water,,a puddle works .
 

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I always keep a couple of road flares with me for starting a fire when everything is wet. A folding boat anchor can also be very useful if you get stuck with no trees nearby. Sometimes I bring a gortex bivy sack and a sleeping bag. I can compress them to about the size of a basketball. Some other things that I bring, but didn't see mentioned include parachute cord, hand and toe warmers, a life straw, and a waterproof boonie hat.
 

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I agree with the "road flare"! It will start a campfire even with wet tinder. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where hypothermia and rain can be a really concern many months out of the year. I now live in Southwest Montana where snow, frostbite and hypothermia is a real concern more often than not. Tools are great if you know what to do with them. Tire repairs, lashing down broken parts and survival are first priorities to fill up an emergency kit where limited space/weight is a concern. In my opinion!
 

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I pack most of my tools in the front storage compartment in separate bags.

Bag 1
Tire pump

Bag 2
Plugs
Patches for the friends with bikes
Tire valve tool
Valve stems
Tool to change valve stem without breaking tire bead

Bag 3
Small tool kit with assorted sockets, wrenches, hex keys, torx, and screwdrivers.

Bag4
Electrical stuff..homemade jumper cables. A couple fuses. A few feet of wire. Electrical tape. Wire ties.

A cheapo parka and rain pants.

In the rear storage compartment I have a tow strap and a clevis.

The rear rack bag is mainly food and drinks.

I found some cheap little waterproof cases that fit a smartphone perfectly. I have one for my phone and 1 for some cash, and paperwork.



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Sockets, ratchet, spark plug wrench, torx bits, spare gas, oil, coolant, rain gear, winter jacket. Going to add a boost pack next.
 

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Pack-rat

Ive been wanting to post this for a while but needed pictures to help prove its not hard at all if you know how to pack =) I ride alone and some 30 miles from my truck so I go riding prepared. That, and I am that person that will stop to help just about anyone out if they are in trouble.

when all items are typed out it sounds like a ton of stuff, so I thought a picture would help =)
 

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One thing is to carry orange ribbon. If your GPS craps out, use it to mark the trail back out. I have had friends who swore they knew where they left their machine and we spent hours trying to find it.
 

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I ride way out in the boonies a lot. Rocky mountains on tough trails.

If I could take only one tool it would be an electric air pump that plugs into the 12v outlet. I have a tire repair kit but have never used it.

In rough terrain, it takes only an unlucky bump to knock the tire bead loose from the rim. One second will do it. Good news - easy to repair. Just pump it back up.
 

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Hello, I have read all the posts. I am the Mature Adventurer with lots of YouTube videos. Everyone has posted the correct stuff. Yes you would need a small trailer and a lot more gas to do serious back country rides. Yes a chainsaw is a must or simply go to an area that is maintained by an ATV group/club or go home. You will spend all your energy and water hacking threw dead fall trees. Then there is water run off and sink holes. Be careful where you tread at night. If you plan on cutting trail, I would not do this alone as it is exhausting and yes you will more then likely puncture your tires. I always pack bear spray for any type of animal. Forestry person told me to pack 2-3 as one will not be enough if the animals are in a pack. Also an air horn will do amazing things to wild life as well. Riding with a loaded gun to use at a moments notice is personal choice. Good to have if you need to hunt for your dinner. Also packing a small baggy of fishing line, a bobbin, dried fish bait and hooks is easy and can help pass the time if you wanted to camp some place.

If you live close to your area then you can work at opening your trails as my husband and I have started to do. Once you feel you’ve gone a far enough distance then get packed and go for a longer stay out in the wilderness.

I always pack my portable heater and 5 pound propane tank. It’s easy to get sick in the wilderness, so keeping yourself warm and dry is paramount! It may be crazy hot in the day but can be cold at night and if the rain comes as you may know can make you much colder.

If you have considered joining an ATV group or looked on line for resort cabin places that already have a trail network in place or find a group that does 3 night or more cross country adventures; I would seriously start there. The clubs spend a lot of time ensuring the trails are clear and can go for 100s of Miles. This helps to lighten your load that you would need to carry on your own, they also would have connections in the areas you travel if there is a breakdown on your machine.
I am looking forward to an event like this, but in the mean time, myself and you can enjoy my short excursions on YouTube. And the baby steps We are doing to get to the big back county. Here are some pictures of our trail clearing efforts, and a bit on how I express my respect for the forest.

 

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love this thread

I've read through these posts awesome information here u guys are smart. A couple points I'll make I carry an e-tool military shovel and mounted on the top of my front rack a Kershaw camp 18" machete I use the machete alot here cutting trails in Kentucky.
 

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I just built a quick day kit for my quad....for here in the sub-Arctic. Hope the info is useful. No trees or cell service 2 kms from town. The kit is in a small tool bag so it doesn't take up any room. Easy to grab when going out the door.

Extra gloves, socks, woolen hat
Tools, wrenches etc
Spare plug, removal wrench, electrical tape
12 volt air pump, gauge, stem remover
Hunting knife, lighter, extra tow rope
Winch (installed)
Nutrition bars -3 or 4
2 folded plastic bags
First aid kit...mainly band aids
Flashlight

Longer trips:
Emergency beacon, blankets, sleeping bag
Canned beans and opener.
Quart of oil
Extra gas.
 

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I am going to add a portable battery. I bought one for my truck. In addition to my winch, I also carry a comealong.

I think about changing my belt as a matter of mileage than breaking. Hopefully I do it before it breaks. I also think about adding a tire.

Chainsaws are nice too. So you don't have to turn around. I don't always carry one though. I have a bow saw, but not the same.



Big jug of water may be one of the most important things.
 

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I just built a quick day kit for my quad....for here in the sub-Arctic. Hope the info is useful. No trees or cell service 2 kms from town. The kit is in a small tool bag so it doesn't take up any room. Easy to grab when going out the door.

Extra gloves, socks, woolen hat
Tools, wrenches etc
Spare plug, removal wrench, electrical tape
12 volt air pump, gauge, stem remover
Hunting knife, lighter, extra tow rope
Winch (installed)
Nutrition bars -3 or 4
2 folded plastic bags
First aid kit...mainly band aids
Flashlight

Longer trips:
Emergency beacon, blankets, sleeping bag
Canned beans and opener.
Quart of oil
Extra gas.
Listing this down now. This helps a lot. Thanks!
 

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I am telling everyone. Buy a bag of tie wraps of different sizes. You’ll be amazed how useful they are in a pintch
 

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Here's what I carry:

small tool set, 3/8 drive
small screwdriver set with multiple bits
pliers
side cutters
tire plug and patch kit
air compressor
small survival kit with large spool of dental floss
tire irons
bottle of slime
high protein snacks
zip lock bags
zip ties
insulated underwear
heavy sweater (my old military woolly fully)
rain suit
3-4 different knives, all with their own purpose
small hatchet
my medic kit
water container, full
camera in hard case
4 gallon fuel pack
small flashlight and headlamp, very high output
Tire tubes for front and rear tires
topo map of area and surrounding area if needed
lensatic compass

There's some other stuff I know I'm missing but I'd have to go look to see. All of it fits inside the cargo box or on the front rack with room to spare. Basically I treat every ride like a survival situation and live by the motto: What could happen if?? I stick to established trails and such, but when I do ride sometimes it's just me out there and I need to be prepared....I'm set up to do just about anything I need to do if something happens to either get home or survive, and I'm well trained to do so. That's a big part I think a lot of people overlook, and that's training in survival and field repairs of their stuff. They get the gear, but have no idea how to use it, or have limited skills or abilities, especially in a survival situation. Training is more important than any gear you bring....just my two cents
 
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