Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bend, Oregon, USA
Something I just discovered last year is the Bodum Travel Press. Basically an insulated plastic french press that doubles as a coffee mug. Put in a scoop of fresh ground gourmet coffee, fill with boiling water, screw on top, wait 5 minutes, press the rod down, pop the drinking plug open, enjoy. It's rugged, makes a BIG cup of excellent coffee, and only costs $10 at Target.
Another thing I always take is a little cheap Palm PDA loaded with several e books. Much more compact than paper books and can be read in the dark without a flashlight. Makes enough light to find the flashlight after dark. Also does all the regular Palm stuff.
Speaking of flashlights I carry a AA Maglite with LED conversion. Made an aimable holder for it from one of those large spring steel paper clips with a 1/4" nut attached that allows it to be screwed onto the little tripod I carry for the camera.
For charging the flashlight, PDA, camera, netbook, etc., I have 140 watt inverter mounted under the faux tank side panel with a 110 V outlet on the fairing.