Road Trips & Gear - My Experience
About a year ago my wife and I took an extended road trip across the country. We left Nashville and headed north and west through Kansas and Missouri, across Nebraska, and up through Wyoming and Montana. We ultimately crossed over into Canada then came back down through the Pacific Northwest before we cut back across and headed home via Idaho, Utah, Colorado, etc. As a gear nerd this sort of trip presents a unique and exciting challenge: WHAT DO I TAKE?!
I decided on wearing my SRP777 Turtle, I had either a Muyshondt Aeon MklII or Maus in my pocket, a couple of custom knives to choose from while we were gone, and a Muyshondt Flieger tucked in my backpack. I learned one big lesson on this trip, restricting your gear down to a couple of choices for an extended point of time really forces your to appreciate the choices you do make.
I submit that the SRP line from Seiko might be the quintessential adventure watch. It's water proof to (much) deeper than you'd ever need to take it on a non-diving trip. Seiko lume is perfect if you wake up in the middle of the night outside Steamboat Rock State Park and wanna know what time it is. The timing bezel is perfect for making camping French presses. The hacking movement was perfect for making timing adjustments as we moved across time zones. All of this for +/- $200.
All of the Muyshondt lights fit their roles perfectly. The Aeon and Maus as pocket carry EDC pieces, and the Flieger as a larger higher output piece. The Aeon got a lot of use on trails around campsites at night, looking for things in the car after dark, and those sort of things. The Maus was perfect for casual quick grab use, if you drop something under a table, etc. The Flieger was awesome for lighting up an entire campsite while we were setting up the tent.
Knives, I took all custom knives on this particular trip. I took a JG Custom’s Scout, a Morrishmade Daedlus, and a custom slipjoint by Gene Wiseman. Custom knives are hard to really review as each are unique to themselves, and they aren’t readily available, but they all did serve their purposes as they should. I probably used and carried the Scout the most, I’ve since sold that knife, and I miss it.
When I got home I realized that the rapid and sometimes frantic Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) that some of us suffer from has little to do with actually finding the best tool, as it does just trying to experience more things. Had I not limited my selection of gear down, I would not have been able to really get a sense of what I wanted, and what I didn’t like in my gear sets.
So! What have been your roadtrip gear experiences? Do you ever try and limit yourself on what you’re going to carry? Do you feel that you’re mostly a collector, or a user of your gear? Answer in the comments below!