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Discussion in 'General Gear Discussion' started by Matt Derrick, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Matt Derrick

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    Like the train hopping thread, we'll be compiling a guide here on what to pack when traveling. Please post your suggestions and they'll be added to this guide. Thanks!

    UPDATE, Nov 22nd 2008: Thank you everyone for your suggestions! You've made this the most posted thread on StP! In a few months I'll be compiling this into an article that should cover all the bases of any possible planned adventure!
     
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    SOMETHING WARM...even if its hot out during the day. A train ride at night gets cold specially if your in an open car. I learned the hard way with that on my first ride.
     
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    crush gave a full list in the messageboard "my moms kicking me out" under "squatting" everything he says i imagein useful, he also explains every little thing, very heplful. <3
     
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    at least 1 quart of water per day. get a plastic canteen container (i dont want to use the brand name) or get a 69 cent gallon of water from somewhere.

    Small portable multi-tools are nice to open cans and use as utensils not to mention the myriad of other uses.

    sleeping bag (thickness depends on where you are going)

    someone who has done it at least a dozen times.
     
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    water purifier, god damn i dont know how many times its saved my ass!
     
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    pack just a few items when youre hopping so you can save room for water and food, what i bring are,
    pipe
    weed
    sleeping bag
    squat key
    multi tool (letherman)
    socks
    spoon fork and knife
    soap
    pot
    pan
    extra pair of pants
    rail spike (for putting in the boxcar door and works as a good hammer if you don't have a squat key)
    pen
    plastic garbage bag (to cover my pack when if it rains)
    tarp
    extra lighter
    needle
    dental floss
    toilet paper
    hand rag
    gloves
    flashlight and extra batteries
    hoodie
    blanket
    rollies (ciggarettes)
    notebook or sketch book
    and one book to read
    besides lots of water and some food, thats all i pack when travelling, except for my tent but you don't allways have one of them. but don't forget a hat, skank, boots, and a leather jacket.
    and by far, don't forget your road dogs
     
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    earplugs
     
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    tin o tobbaco
    a shit load of water
    i bring a two litter of soda
    some snack food as well as tin food
    a good book
    flashlight/ candles
    intoxicating substances(dont get to fuckup ya still have to get off)

    music
    MUST HAVE RAIL SPIKE FOR DOOR.
     
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    1/2 Gallon to Gallon of water (Depending on how far I'm going) - The cranberry juice jugs with the white handles are tough as hell especially when wrapped in duct tape. Clorox bottles too.
    Sleeping pad cut to half length
    Wool Blanket in summer
    0 Degree Bag in winter, fall, early spring
    Fleece Jacket for night riding (even gets cold in the summer)
    Camp Stove
    Matches
    Lighter
    Rail Maps and Atlas
    Road Atlas
    Scanner freqs.
    Train Symbols
    Scanner
    Batteries
    Pocket Knife (always on my side)
    Ear Plugs
    Small Pot
    Utensils
    Camera
    Journal for yard notes and passing the time
    Pen
    Grease Pen
    Sharpie
    Reading Material (a few zines and a book)
    Crew Pack for first aid, toilet paper and cleaning up
    Extra Pair or Two of Boxers
    Extra Shirt
    Extra Coveralls or Pants
    One or Two pairs of socks
    Some Canned Food (Smoked Oysters, Sardines, Tuna, whatever)
    p-38
    Dry Food (Instant Soup, Noodles, dehydrated Refried Beans - cheap at health food stores) A lot of the dry foods are salty and use up water so keep that in mind when deciding on how much mater to bring.
    Bottle of Wine
    Beer

    I can usually keep it under 30lbs not including water and drink. A lot of the stuff is negligible depending on how far I'm going.

    Post edited by: TBone, at: 2007/07/24 07:36
     
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    lots of these are way to big. i think these lists are just good suggestions, but some of this stuff would be impossible to travel with. to much
     
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    Earplugs are really important, unless you're already deaf.
    A GPS unit is handy, not really necessary or available for most.
    Camo mesh fabric is good for hiding and keeping the mosquitos at bay, plus other miscellaneous uses.
    A fixed blade knife on the belt, since folding blades will get gunked up (assisted opening knives are even worse).
     
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    norplain wrote:


    A lot of that stuff on my list is really small like a piece of paper or a pack of matches. I can fit it all in a medium alice pack minus my bedroll which is lashed to the outside.

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    I ALWAYS make sure if traveling with junkies, to bring Nalaxone just in case of an overdose. Also I like to bring a smily and sign making materials. But I have a large size swedish rucksack with an internal frame so I can fit everything in my pack. I dont know how big yours is
     
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    I don't bring much besides my sleeping bag, tarp, warm clothes, water and tobacco to pass the time. I can go without eating for 2 or 3 days no problem.
     
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    why would you intentionally travel with junkies?
     
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    sleeping bag
    knife
    probably food
    waters a good idea..
    plastic poly which once used to wrap a refrigerator which no one wanted no more
    sewing stuff

    auto flail backpack (backpack with lose straps so you lose shit while running for the train to make things interesting the last couple of days riding)

    datura and or peyote ;)
    ( for spiritual purposes only of course, to aid speaking with the steel of the train.. its good have a nice conversation with the steel's feelings about life and world economics etc )

    shoes.
     
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    If you were a junkie you'd probably travel with other junkies.
     
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    Just don't travel with junkies and you don't have to carry Nalaxone.
    Why save them from thier stupidity?
    I avoid junkies - they will drag you down to their level.
     
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    skunkpit wrote:
    Hahaha. Daymn. Don't let kids here think they should hop with datura, sheww. Thats cool you can contain yourself enough to not fall off the train. *props*
     
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    Ey' ma I told you in SF to go home your mommy is dissapointed you ran away.
     
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