Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Burlington, North Carolina
Lots of good suggestions here! I am guilty of not bringing enough on my trail rides...mostly because the only saddlebags I have are HUGE and I prefer not to use them unless absolutely necessary. But there are a couple of things I always bring.
- Water (even if you don't drink it will come in handy should you ever need to clean a cut/wound etc)
- Baling Twine (At least 3-4 "strings")
- Extra lead rope
- Pocket knife (I make sure it is heavy duty and has a serrated blade as well. This comes in handy if you ever need to saw through something thick (I have used it to cut through brambles and saw off overhanging branches before)
- Cell Phone (for obvious reasons)
- Camera (This might not seem like a necessity but I always carry one now after an incident that occurred last summer. I was riding with my neighbor when another neighbor came racing down the road after us in his van. We were riding alongside a busy road, with a wide shoulder that bordered his land. We weren't 2 ft off the pavement but he called us every name under the sun, threatening to call the cops, then threatening to take the law into his own hands, etc etc. I have carried a camera ever since....and if I should ever again have another such encounter I fully intend to film the whole thing so I have PROOF of what was said, etc. And if you don't want the other person to see you have a camera you can also turn it on and it can record the audio from your pocket. A camera can also come in handy for getting a photo of a license plate etc if the need ever arises.)
- I also always overdress, especially in winter (even though ours are fairly mild). I'd rather be too hot than too cold! Even in summer I always bring a lightweight/waterproof jacket. I also won't ride in boots that aren't waterproof.