Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's in your bag?

Over the years we've gone from not bringing anything along with us on a ride, to bringing a snack and a drink to carrying tools and supplies just in case. Part of the reason for this change is how long we go riding but also the ATV itself and it's ability to carry more items.

How you carry your items is for another article, see our upcoming ATV Bags & Boxes review coming soon. For today we will talk about whats in it.

Here is a list of things that I find I like to have with me on the trail:

  • BRP tool kit - This is the tool kit that came with the ATV when I bought it. It includes all of the basics you need including secondary clutch spreading tool
  • Knife - I mostly use mine to trim branches to make roasting sticks
  • Saw - This is a small compact, portable saw but it give me the ability to cut down small trees that may be laying across the trail
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Vice grip
  • Sockets - Make sure you know if your ATV requires standard or metric
  • Hay wire - One of the best ways to connect two pieces together and stronger than cable ties
  • Electrical tape
  • First aid kit - If you don't carry one with you, you should
  • Complete change of clothes - Shirt, pants, underwear & socks in case you get wet when its cold
  • Cable ties
  • Water - one of the most essential parts of your kit, not only for drinking but also cleaning and topping off low coolant in a pinch
  • Extra CVT belt - You should carry a spare if you ride an ATV with a CVT
  • Tree saver - Wrap this around the tree and connect your winch to it so you don't damage the tree
  • Tow strap - In case you need to tow your buddy or be towed yourself
  • Snatch block - If you don't know what it is and you use your winch regularly you need to research this
  • Shackles - Best way to safely connect two ropes\straps to each other
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  • Tire repair kit
  • Air compressor or air supply
  • ATV Booster cables

A couple things I have remembered that are not as necessary but nice to have are 
  • rags
  • toilet paper or baby wipes
  • lighter

Over kill? Maybe. You can't be prepared for everything. Some people I know go even further and carry full tool kits with them including a battery operated impact wrench. What's right for you is what you need to bring but hopefully this list will help give you some ideas.

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