Living 10hrs (at best) from the mountains, we spend a fair bit of time on the highway and as such we also bring quite a bit of gear too. My latest trip to Revelstoke really put this into perspective for me once again, as I went solo. Wow does my man do a lot!
I’m a super organizer, so it began with a list. Two columns typed on an 8.5x11…Yikes
Sled supplies, truck supplies, riding gear, food, clothing, tools, To Do before leaving. It was almost like the list wouldn’t end. I’m fairly confident but know I’m not totally mechanically competent, so I began in the garage.
Duct tape, zip ties – that’s a given, but what else? You need to be prepared, without loading your (or your mans) entire toolbox. A 250+ piece socket set with wrenches, allens, torx & screwdrivers inside. Vice grips, side cutters, electrical tape. Basic, handy and all effective. (Insert prayer here I’m not required to actually use this stuff! Haha) And so it continued; jerry cans, tie downs, superclamps, locks, fluids, covers etc. In 20 min I had my truck box loaded and ready to go. Check the list... still 2/3 left to do :/
Half the list is sort of deemed a woman’s ‘usual duties’ if you will; food, clothing and most riding gear. So that needs no explaining. But truck supplies & the to do list before leaving, that’s usually shared and mostly my man’s job. Truck prep is important, it’s what’s keeping you on the road and out of the ditch, or the shoulder of the highway (and I know, I’ve been in both). Tire pressures, wheel key, 4wd, winterfront, washer fluid, breaker bar, block for the jack, lighting, spare keys, lock de-icer, fluid levels, booster cables, flashlight. All very important to check, carry and know how to use.
Lastly ensure you get plenty of rest the night before, have fluids and snacks packed. Keep boots and a jacket in the truck with you at all times. Gloves, sunglasses and hands-free devices are also good things to keep near. When you hit the road it’s not a race, you need to be focused and enjoy the drive to paradise…
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