I've just finished packing for my weekend away from the family. It's the first time I've been on a bike ride in the bush overnight for near 14 years. It seems like so much more stuff than when I used to go with my mates for a weekend ride 15 years ago...gee I feel old. I'll be riding about 200km of tar to get to a bush block on the shores of Lake Eucumbene up in the Snowy Mountains N.S.W Australia. Lots of dirt trails when I get there and plenty of fishing. For an overnight stay I have the following..... - Got the '85 DR600 carry rack loaded with a sleeping bag and tarp Backpack has the following - - wet/cold weather riding overalls [ takes up the bottom part of the hiking backpack where a tent might sit ] - towel [ in case I go swimming or get wet] - shorts, boxers, warm socks, long pants, long shirt, warm riding gloves, beanie. - tackle box: assorted lures,hooks, sinkers, cigarette lighter, swivels, knife. - 2 x cup-o-noodles, 6 muesli bars, 2 minute noodles, 2 tins tuna with flavour, packet of Twisties, tin of ham, tin of soup 440mL [ used later to cook up the water for the noodles] - digital camera + batteries [they double for the torch] - LED head torch - bug-off spray [could be really handy] - couple rolls of toilet paper [very handy] - fishing rod [ strapped to the side of the backpack ] - fork and spoon - pair of joggers so the MX boots don't get too hard on the feet. - wallet and credit card for emergencies and beer. The original toolbox was so insufficient I built my own out of checker-plate aluminium. It'll fit a 300mm shifter, tyre levers, hand pump, spanners, screwdrivers, hex keys, patch kit, spark plugs [yes, the DR takes 2], pliers and spare chain link. If I need more I'll probably need a rescue helicopter. If the exhaust isn't too loud, I'll probably take an MP3 player on the ride up into the twisty, green forests of the alps so some extra btteries will probably be in my pocket. I hope this is enough for my ride on the 24th October 2008, if not I'll let you know what I forgot eh! I'd just like to say that on some of the posts for touring I've seen, people go way overboard. Like needing a book to read while I'm camping, I can do that at home. I go bush to embrace nature, not to get away from it. I've fit all my stuff in my hiking back-pack, which weighs nothing whilst it rest on the seat of the bike. So I hope it helps someone on their venture into the wild-dirt-yonder. Happy trails and let us know how you go on your journeys?