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Old 07-27-16, 03:47 PM   #1
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Emergency Camping Gear for Day Trips?

What are the thoughts on emergency camping gear for day trips?

Last Sunday I got a bit of a late start for my ride, and it started getting dark at about mile 80 of 140 miles. I had good lights, but it did give me plenty of time to think. At sunset, I was really in the middle of nowhere, and hadn't seen a car pass for quite some time, although I did start seeing a few campfires a little later. And it started getting a bit chilly, especially at the higher elevations.

A major break-down could have been bad.

Anyway, I was thinking of an old down jacket. Something to keep the upper body warm at night. Maybe an inflatable pad to sit on. Rain or lack of rain is generally predictable around here in the summer so that isn't a big concern... now.

I've got pants, not shorts so the legs are moderately protected.
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These work to keep one warm..
I have used mine Twice.

Most of them come without the girl.

https://www.moreprepared.com/emergen...oUkaAjNo8P8HAQ
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Yeah, I thought about a space blanket. They were handy after the Marathon runs a few years ago. But, I wasn't sure about using one at night. I suppose it would be better than nothing. And I could still improvise insulation if needed.
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Yeah, I thought about a space blanket. They were handy after the Marathon runs a few years ago. But, I wasn't sure about using one at night. I suppose it would be better than nothing. And I could still improvise insulation if needed.
They don't weigh much or

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...Last Sunday I got a bit of a late start for my ride, and it started getting dark at about mile 80 of 140 miles...
Emergency gear is most likely unnecessary if you leave early enough so that you complete trip in daytime.

Aluminized mylar space blankets do work if it's not too windy and are cheap, light and compact. Basically single use as they are impossible to repack to original dimensions. There are heavier duty multiple-use emergency bags (Al+PE) such as below, some larger with grommets to double as shelter:

https://www.amazon.com/SE-EB122OR-Em.../dp/B0090AAY6Q

Then there's tube tents, ponchos, tarps (silnylon, tyvek), water purification tabs, compact folding water bladders, etc. Most available at any Walmart. Between Coleman and Coghlan, pretty much anything camping is covered.
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These work to keep one warm..
I have used mine Twice.

Most of them come without the girl.

https://www.moreprepared.com/emergen...oUkaAjNo8P8HAQ
Yes, I keep one in my daypack when hiking. In a real emergency the insulation value could be increased by stuffing leaves/twigs/etc. inside - but would probably work even better if the girl accessory were included. Don't carry one on my bike rides since so few are simultaneously outside cellphone coverage, on deserted roads, and while riding solo.
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I think of that kind of gear only on winter backcountry ski trips, when a gear failure could really affect your next birthday. On any road I'd bike on, I'd never think of carrying overnight gear. I'd leave the bike and thumb a ride. Or change my plans at midday, have a preset turnaround time, and not get into a bind. But I'm older and think more like that now!
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