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Checklist

These checklists contain most of the items that I intend to take with me, though during the planning stage and even during the trip itself I might want to discard items or add others. In other words, this list should not be seen as a rigid list of stuff to bring and do, but rather as a base for the planning stage.

Motorcycle modifications

  • Touratech pannier rack
  • Touratech Zega 41L side bags (left+right)
  • Scottoiler touring kit
  • Ermax windscreen
  • Touratech IMO 100R300 computer, replacing speedometer
  • Touratech Roadbook
  • Touratech cockpit control lights (LEDs)
  • Touratech handlebar raisers
  • Touratech tankbag
  • Acerbis hand protectors and wind deflectors
  • Hepcko-Becker engine crashbar
  • Touratech centre stand bash plate
  • Touratech rear brake fluid reservoir protector
  • BMW heated grips (came with the bike)
  • Remus exhaust without catalithic converter
  • MSR fork gaitors
  • Touratech radiator guard
  • Touratech chain guard
  • Home built headlight protector
  • Westco sealed battery
  • Touratech rear baggage rack
  • Brass oil plug with temperature sensor
  • Wunderlich oil tank cap
  • Moose handlebar crashbar
  • 2x 5L steel jerry cans for additional fuel
  • Aerostich tank panniers

Motorcycle checklist

  • Front and rear tubes
  • Head lamp bulb (H4 12V 60/55W asym)
  • Rear tail bulb (12V 21/5W Typ P25-2)
  • Set of fuses (7.5A, 15A, 20A)
  • Spark plug (2x NGK D8EA)
  • Fuel filter
  • Oil filter and o-ring set
  • Airfilter
  • 10x 24mm copper gaskets for oil drain plug
  • BMW original oil drain plug
  • Brake pads
  • Clutch cable
  • Throttle cable
  • DOT-4 brake oil
  • Small can of WD-40
  • 1L of engine oil
  • Spare keys hidden on bike
  • electrical connectors and wire
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Spare chain, sprockets and master link
  • Standard BMW toolkit under seat
  • Set of Allen keys
  • Small screwdriver for electrical wiring
  • Tube puncture repair kit and tyre levers
  • Hand airpump
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Sockets and wrenches (metric)
  • Pliers
  • Small folding saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Super glue
  • Loctite (243, 242)
  • Tie wraps
  • Rags
  • Duct tape (several metres)
  • Electrical tape
  • Talc powder in 35mm film canister
  • Spoke wrench

Document checklist

  • Portuguese passport
  • Canadian passport
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ontario health card
  • Vaccination certificate
  • International Yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • Ontario driver's license
  • International driving permit
  • Insurance certificate for Canada and US
  • Bike registration and registration sticker
  • Carnet de Passages en Douane for Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • Property title
  • Debit card
  • Valid credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, AMEX)
  • Expired credit cards
  • Travellers checks in US dollars
  • Photocopies of travel documents (sealed)
  • 10 passport photos
  • Addressbook
  • Travel guides
  • Lonely Planet eKno phonecard
  • Maps
  • BMW repair manual
  • Small plastified emergency card with important information

Health checklist

  • Diptheria and Tetanus vaccine
  • Polio vaccine
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccine combined
  • Typhoid vaccine
  • Yellow Fever vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Tuberculosis test before departure
  • Malaria pills (Cloroquine+Doxyclycline)
  • Malaria prescription
  • Asthma medication
  • Acetaminophen
  • Antihistamine
  • Cyprofloxacin
  • Imodium
  • Rehydration salts
  • Aloe vera lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Water purification tablets
  • First aid kit (bandages, band-aids, gauze, etc)
  • Tick tweezer
  • Folding scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Multivitamins (B12)
  • Iron and Calcium pills
  • Rubber gloves
  • Syringes with doctor's note
  • SAS Pocket Survival Guide

Camping, Cooking and baggage checklist

  • Touratech 89L baggage bag for clothing
  • Cascade Designs 60L drybag for tent, sleeping bag and telescope legs
  • Northface 4 season tent
  • Mosquito net impregnated with permethrin
  • Hammock
  • Northface sleeping bag rated -9C
  • Thermarest sleeping mattress
  • Mattress repair kit
  • Pillow cover
  • Primus Multi-fuel stove
  • Primus 1L fuel bottle
  • Spares for stove
  • Matches in film canister
  • Pan set with handle
  • Frying pan
  • Bowl and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Knife, spatula, etc
  • Various other kitchen utensils
  • Nalgene water bottles
  • MSR 4L and 10L water bladder
  • Drinking tube for MSR water bladder
  • Mug and measuring cup
  • Katadyn ceramic water filter
  • Spices, salt, olive oil, etc
  • Zip lock container for food storage
  • Zip lock bags
  • Campsuds and J-cloth
  • Ropes, tie-downs and climbing equipment (for bike)
  • Headlight
  • Camping shovel

Clothing checklist

  • Nolan flipup helmet
  • Aerostich Darien jacket and pants
  • Aerostich combat boots
  • Aerostich fleece jacket liner
  • Riding gloves and rubber gloves
  • Fleece for winter jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Winter jacket (doubles as wind protector)
  • River pants
  • One pair of light coloured zip-off pants
  • 3 T-shirts
  • Thermal long johns and shirt
  • 2 weeks worth of underwear and socks
  • warm wool socks
  • wool cap
  • Running shoes and sandals
  • Bandanas
  • Glove liners
  • Sunglasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Towel (advice from the Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ;)
  • Swimsuit
  • Clothes line
  • Laundry soap bar and box
  • Mesh bags
  • Hat

Technical checklist and toiletry

  • 35mm camera body
  • Various camera lenses for 35mm film
  • Electronic flash for camera
  • Digital camera
  • Konus 114mm Newtonian reflector telescope with equatorial mount
  • Several eyepieces for the telescope
  • Foam padding to enclose the telescope
  • Spare batteries (NiMH and Alkaline)
  • Rolls of 35mm slide film
  • Used laptop computer running Redhat Linux
  • Battery charger for 12V automotive plug
  • GPS unit
  • World compass with mirror
  • Paper notebook, pens and envelopes
  • Books
  • Star and Planet field guide book
  • UNO game
  • Straps and bungies
  • Wallet and neck wallet
  • Dummy wallet
  • Short wave radio
  • Swiss army knife
  • Watch
  • Sewing kit
  • Rubber bands
  • Bike lock
  • Beard trimmer
  • Soap and box
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and brush
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Toilet paper bag (double zip-lock bags)