Packing for a trip where everything needs to be carried with you is an interesting ordeal. Thank goodness it’s my lovely bicycle Dawn doing the heavy lifting & I only have to put in the pedal power… which should be a breeze… right….?! :-s

So, to pack this…..

Into these…



For those of you into the details my packing list is as follows:

Bike stuff 

Dawes Galaxy AL, better known as Dawn (Who apparently only speaks English with a Polish accent, something I found out on a long training ride) with Schwalbe Marathon Tyres. – an amazing xmas present from my mum)

2 Vaude waterproof rear panniers

1 Ortlieb handlebar bag

1 frame bag – holding 2L water bladder

2 ‘Friendly Swede’ bike cages, holding 2 750ml aluminium water bottles

Flower bell

Smart phone mount

Cat Eye Front & rear lights

Small multi-tool

Spare chain link

Lezyne Sports drive HP handpump


Small puncture kit inc. 2 plastic tyre levers

Abus D lock


Sleeping stuff

2 woman tent (which is current well packed up so I can’t note down the make) – kindly donated by the wonderful John.

Vango ultralight pro 100 sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner – donated by ‘Captain Can-Do’ or Katia to her friends

X-Lite Inflatable Sleeping pad – Captain Can Do again

OEX Compact inflatable pillow


Cooking stuff

Trangia stove with 2 pots & a saucepan (that double up as bowls & a plate), kitchen multi-tool with spoon, fork, knife, etc. – more exceedingly kind donations from John

1/2 litre fuel bottle to fill with ethanol in the states

lightweight chopping board & small wooden spoon

Mug that can take a bashing

Washing up sponge & mini micro fibre towel as a tea towel



Scrubba washbag

Laundry fluid

Rope (for hanging washing)




Flowery cap (thanks Linda!)

Flip flops

Padded cycling shorts x2

Lightweight db sided warm ski fleece x1

Reflective cycling jersey x1

Merino wool jumper x1

Endura Hummvee 3/4 length lightweight shorts x1

Berghaus Explorer Eco Cargo trousers x1

Karrimor XLite 2in1 running shorts x1

Bikini x1

Sarong x1

Lonsdale sports bra x2

Lightweight bright t-shirts x4

Underwear x4

Bamboo socks x5

Scarf / buff x1

Northwave Cycling gloves x1

Cambodge trousers x1

Craghopper Aquadry Waterproof breathable jacket x1


Electronic type stuff

Nomad Zero 7 solar panel

Sony cyber shot camera & charger

Powerbank for an extra charge

Phone & charger

Coleman head lamp

Small torches x3

Extra batteries

UK-US adapter plug




Biodegradable organic Soap from Lush (for body & dishes)

Bamboo toothbrush

‘Dirty’ tooth tabs from Lush (less messy to carry than toothpaste)



OEX Microfibre trekking body towel

She Wee

Tea tree oil

Sawyer Mini Water filteration system


For the inevitable pain

Deep heat muscle rub

Nappy rash cream (people have been loving warning me about chaffing!)



Selection of Plasters

Dioralyte (for replacing electrolytes)

Antibacterial gel



Other stuff

Explorer Swiss Army knife

Lifeventure money belt

Bandana (to clean bike)

Small notebook with important info

Notebook & pen for meanderings

Deck of cards


Paperwork (flight details, etc.) in plastic wallet


Wallet, Cards & Cash












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