CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE
First, check with the local snowmobile clubs that groom the trails to ensure the area you want to ride in has open trails with good snow conditions. Next, fuel stops. In some remote areas, fuel stops are few and far between. Ensuring every sled in the group is sufficiently fueled to make the next leg of the journey is essential. With the BRP GO! app, you can see where fuel stops are and plan according to your travel group’s needs. The LinQ Fuel Caddy is also a great little piece of “fuel insurance” that can save a trip.
After ensuring everyone will have enough fuel to make the trip, look for any unique areas of interest along the route. Waterfalls and lookout areas along the trail are always a great stop for a photo op. These stops not only are great for the scenic views, but also give riders a chance to stop and stretch.
Lastly, where to spend the night. Whether it’s a hotel, motel or resort, look for spots that support the local trail systems. Supporting the businesses is absolutely necessary to ensure the trail system will be there for years to come.
Today’s riding gear is more advanced than ever. Dress in moisture-wicking layers and pack an additional layer in your tunnel bag. Start with an ultralight base layer, such as a merino base layer, followed by a moisture-wicking flexible layer like a fleece. Your exterior layer should repel the elements — acting like a shell — yet still promote the movement of moisture away from your body. Staying warm, protected and dry is key for long days on the snow.
A packable jacket in your tunnel bag doesn’t take up much room and is an additional layer of warmth for those extreme cold days.
The input you give to your sled begins with your hands, so having a different comfortable glove options is critical. Carrying multiple pairs of gloves lets you keep your ideal comfort level as conditions change along the way. A heavy pair is great for subzero days. Take a mid-weight glove that works well for you in most conditions. Additionally, a lightweight glove with good dexterity is useful for short stops or helping a fellow rider on the trail.
Having a pair of gloves just for trailside repair is vital to keep your riding gloves clean and dry.
TOOLS & EXTRA PARTS
For multi-day trips, it’s nice to have a few extra items for quick adjustments or repairs. Assembling a small kit of commonly used tools for small trailside repairs is a great idea. Depending on which sled you ride, carrying a quart of XPS oil and extra parts is something you’ll want to consider in the event you’re unable to reach a trailside dealer or fuel station.
Like other items mentioned above, a first-aid kit should be on your sled every time you ride.
You may also want to consider carrying a satellite GPS tracking device. In remote areas without cell reception, this device provides a way to communicate in the event of an emergency. At the very least, always make sure a family member or friend at home knows your route and has scheduled check-in times.
Carry a small spray bottle of non-freeze windshield cleaner and a microfiber towel to keep your field of vision clear after each day’s ride."
Storage space is clearly at a premium for trips like this. To carry everything listed above, LinQ storage accessories are the perfect way to find the cargo solution that best meets your specific needs. And if you still need extra storage, a backpack can always be used, but make sure to keep it light so you don’t get fatigued while riding.
Even though most LinQ bags are waterproof, putting extra clothes in a three-gallon resealable bag to ensure a wet pair of gloves doesn’t soak into other layers or clothing is a great idea.
Planning a multi-day ride is extremely rewarding, giving opportunities to see places and areas you can’t normally visit. With just a little prep, you can make your trip a huge success. Plan for the worst and hope for the best! See you on the trails.