Clothing in compression bag:One change of clothes, 1 extra underwear one pair extra
socks, fleece top and bottom
24 hr supply of fresh food, freeze dried entrees, stove, pots, cutlery, plate, selection
of dips, condiments and treats in single serve packets, alcohol wipes,
5 litres of water (2 on the frame, 3 on top of front rack), stove fuel, toilet spade,
All valuables including cash, cards, camera, passport, cell phone. On top in waterproof
transparent cover are maps of the region and translation tips if required. Snacks,
When my partner saw the small pannier she had for her bicycle tour she flipped. “I
can’t put all my things in that, they won’t fit!”
Bike touring isn’t really like cruising. You don’t require a suit to sit at the captain’s
table. You will be spending most of your day doing moderate exercise. You can only
wear one set of clothes at a time and each set can be washed and dried overnight.
If you think bike touring is part of your fashion statement, don’t tour with me.
I have the clothes I am wearing on the day and a change. Each one can be washed at
night and is dry by the morning. More clothes than you need means extra weight, extra
space and a heavier load on your bike.
Possessions enslave us, travelling light makes us free.
Here’s what I do. I wake up in the morning and break camp. That usually takes between
30-45 minutes. I wear my recently dried clothes that I washed the night before. I
bike for an hour or so and find a nice place to make breakfast.
After breakfast and coffee, I clean up and bike for another hour or so until I find
a town and a food shop. I buy the food I will need for the next 24 hours. I don’t
have refrigeration, but most items kept cool will last that long. If buying raw meat,
I only buy enough for immediate use.
I bike for another hour or two before I make lunch. Lunch is my big meal. If I’ve
bought meat, I cook it all then. Any leftovers I can have with supper. After lunch
I bike for another hour or two and about 5 or 6 p.m. I start to look for a good spot
to camp for the night. I’m very fussy, so if I don’t find a spot I like, I just keep
going. If in my travels I find a sink, I will wash any dirty clothes I have and lay
them out on the panniers to dry