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    All, Here is a list of things I thought of, please feel free to comment/add to this list:

    - a few t-shirts
    - a long sleeve lightweight sun shirt (aka: ex-offico)
    - one or two long sleeve t-shirts
    - a polo or two for dining out.

    - probably a bathing suit
    - a pair of shorts to wear outside of the car. The car can be
    pretty warm, but in shorts your legs can be exposed to heat
    of the engine more. With the exhaust on the passenger side
    you are also much more likely to burn your leg if you are
    wearing shorts!

    Long pants
    - dark colors hide the dirt better - the car is open and you
    do get quite grimy!
    - I like to bring two pairs of jeans and a pair of quick dry
    zip-off hiking pants. These can also be used in place of a pair
    of shorts.

    - a baseball type hat with a bill is very handy
    - I also like to wear a bandanna on my head sometimes - this is
    handy to keep your hair from blowing around so much.
    - a warm hat for the cold days

    Neck gaiter
    - a turtle fur or a buff is nice to have and does not take up a
    lot of room.

    - I have a pair of lambskin driving gloves.
    - I also travel with a pair of warm ski gloves.

    - something with little or no heel is important because the
    footwells are really small. I have a pair of puma boxing/driving
    shoes that work out well.
    - I also pack a pair of flipflops or teva's

    Socks - thin socks
    - thick warm socks

    - whatever you are comfortable in

    - a thin fleece
    - a thick fleece
    (if you are really cold you can layer them both)
    - a goretex (or similar) shell

    - not so great in the car as they allow lots of wind
    to pass your eyes and I find they dry my eyes out
    - goggles are much better. Tinted lenses for daytime and
    clear/yellow for night driving.

    Other things:
    - sunscreen
    - lip balm
    - a small camelback is great for staying hydrated. Just
    strap it to the rollbar behind your seat
    - whatever toiletries you need.

    (note, the car does not have a cigarette lighter so all
    charging has to be done at the hotel)
    - camera/camcorder, film or memory, extra batteries & wall
    charger, cables
    - cellphone and wall charger
    - FRS/GMRS radio and charger
    - an MP3 player is only practical if you have an intercom
    or a set of noise isolating headphones.
    - a GPS. Gert has planned the route using a Garmin GPS.
    You can probably find a used one on Craigslist or Ebay.
    They are not needed for the majority of the time, but you
    will find it a handy tool to have when it is late at night,
    cold, dark and raining and you are trying to locate your hotel!

    Other tips
    - bring your tonneau if you have one. Using the tonneau is
    much quicker to secure the car than trying to put the hood
    - Get an intercom if you have a passenger, even the cheap
    chatterbox intercoms will make the trip more enjoyable.
    If you want something more serious, look at the motorcycle
    intercoms - like Autocom or Starcom1.
    - Bring any special tools and spare parts that are specific
    to your car.
    Tom "ELV15" Jones

  • #2
    Good list and recommendations!

    A few comments from my side (but obviously everybody has own preferences):

    I agree with not wearing shorts in the car (always wear jeans) but for that matter Rosie does not. But maybe my preference dates back to the day when a Yellowsac Spider fell out of the dash while driving and bit me in the leg. Pretty painful that.....

    As for the hat, I learned to appreciate the "foreign legion" style hats, that means a baseball cap with a long bill and a loose shroud for the neck plus a string with clip to not fly away.

    Otherwise I doubt that we will need a lot of the cold weather gear that you mention. Much earlier than the USA2005 tour and not at 11,000 ft altitude like in the Rocky Mountains back then.

    On the other hand I am pretty sure we will get wet. So some wet weather gear or hood is recommended.

    For the underwear we will use some special material stuff from a traveler's store than can be washed by hand in the evening and dries within an hour or two (I think they advertised like "2 weeks, 8 countries, 1 set of underwear"). Worked very well for USA2005.

    I do drive with sunglasses (large fisherman's style), but I have big wind deflectors.

    We are going to have a good tool and supply selection on the support truck but for spare parts I am only going to bring a Raceline sump (I know, nothing for Duratec or Honda engines).



    • #3
      Gert, I suspect you are right about the wet weather gear, but I hope you are wrong! ;)

      I live by the coast now and find it to be pretty cool, especially in the early mornings. I'm going to be bringing plenty of warm layers. You SoCal folks need to remember that other parts of the country have weather! ;p

      Do you have any recommendations on tools to bring? I recall seeing some lists from the USA2005 tour...perhaps we can post that info here too?
      Tom "ELV15" Jones


      • #4
        Everybody should bring essential spares and tools to be self-sufficient as far as space allows. Beyond that the following is planned to have on the support vehicle:

        Raceline spare sump (loan from Doug Liedblad, only for Zetecs...)
        Floor Jacks (2)
        Engine oil sixpack
        Jack Stands (4)
        Hand drill 120V and bits
        Battery drill
        Bolts and nuts assorted
        Small compressor
        Battery charger
        Carb/Brake cleaner
        Spray grease
        LED shop light
        Jumper cables
        JB-weld, gasket maker, sealant
        Compression tester
        Soldering Stuff
        Spare Battery
        Tie-down straps
        Tow strap
        5 gal fuel can
        Oil Drain Pan
        Impact wrench
        Grease gun

        Dion Davis will bring a battery operated welder


        • #5
          Packing For The Trip

          For those of you without installed (halon) fire suppression systems or mounted (bracketed) fire extinguishers, may I suggest a possible alternative? Two I have in my hands are a NAPA Halon Class 2BC Model LDH #770-7031 and a S.A.F.E. Flame Fighter Halon Model SUL-2. Both are 2" in diameter, 8" tall and weigh a tad over a pound. Halon is a liquified gas that discharges at a high rate and is designed (for our specific automotive application) to extinguish B (liquids & grease) and C (electrical) type fires. These little handhelds can be easily stashed in the cockpit area and are simple to use.
          Don't be fooled by their small size as they're amazingly efficient.
          Hope this info helps and hope to connect with the convoy as you pass through Oregon. Sure wish I could participate!
          With Best Regards,
          Jim F.