In accordance with an age-old custom followed by all bike tourists, here is a list of all the things I’ve brought, sorted by where on the bike it is. Each of us has a different set of things they’ve brought; this is just what I’ve got.
Front left pannier: Miscellany pannier.
- Bike repairs: adjustable crescent wrench, patch kit with 100 patches, two spare tubes, two kevlar replacement spokes, super glue, bike grease, and chain lube.
- Personal care: deodorant, chamois butt’r, contacts and solution, spare glasses, drugs (malaria and diarrhea pills, vanquish and advil).
- MSR miniworks water filter.
- Food odds and ends (whatever leftovers we’ve got – mustard, garlic, onion, scrounged mayonnaise packets, etc.)
Front right pannier: Cooking pannier.
- 3-qt. stove
- MSR whisperlite international stove
- 1-liter fuel bottle
- Aluminum mess kit
- 6″ by 12″ cutting board
- Spoon and fork
- Crank-powered radio
- Salt, pepper, and cavenders
Rear left pannier: Clothing pannier. I never have all these clothes in at once, obviously, but here are all the clothes I’ve brought.
- 3 pairs of wool socks
- 1 pair of athletic shorts
- 1 pair of bicycle short liners
- 1 pair of long johns (never used, soon to be ditched)
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 1 pair of wool boxers
- 2 polyester short-sleeve shirts
- 1 button-up shirt
- 1 wool sweater
- 1 hooded sweatshirt
- 1 long sleeved cotton shirt
- 1 wool cap
- 1 pair of rain pants
- 1 rain jacket
- I also usually keep my u-lock and 8′ cable in this pannier.
Rear right pannier: Sleeping pannier.
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag liner
- Electronics box (spare batteries and charger, kindle cable, backup memory card for the camera)
- Alarm clock
- Passport and important documents. I also keep a spare credit card here, which has come in handy already.
- Changing stream of a couple books
Rear rack: My tent and my helmet if I’m not wearing it.
- All my gloves (two cotton pairs, one waterproof pair, two neoprene pairs, my riding gloves)
- Toothbrush and floss
- 1-liter waterbottle
- Candy stash
- Playing cards
- Keys and compass
I also have a 10-liter (2.5 gallons) MSR dromedary bag hung from a taut-line between my handlebar stem and my seat post. I hang it from two carabiners, then secure the bottom with two more. I am very indebted to Joe Heili for his help getting the taut-line set up. It’s good to be friends with a boy scout.