Appendix: Simple Packing List

This is a basic packing list, with notes and links to product reviews.

You can vary this list to suit the destination and season. Remember that less is more.

Unless you’re planning a trip to somewhere very remote, you should be able to pick up most things en route. Most cyclists end up packing too much and then shipping a box back home to lighten their load.

cargo net

Bicycle Equipment

Tools & Spare Parts


Camping Gear


socks merino wool

  • Bandana (soak it in water to keep your head cool in hot weather)
  • Cycling shoes
  • Cycling shorts (1-2 pairs)
  • Hat with a wide brim
  • Long-sleeved shirts (one lightweight to protect from sun and one warmer for cool temperatures)
  • Long-johns (to sleep in and as an extra cycling layer on cold days)
  • Padded cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Socks (3-5 pairs)
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirts (2-3 pairs)
  • Underwear (3-5 pairs)

*We love Merino wool clothing. It’s warm, breathable and odour free. You can wear Merino wool clothing for several days in a row and it still won’t stink. In general, pick clothing that is versatile (zip-off cargo pants, for example, instead of a pair of pants and a separate pair of shorts) and lightweight.



  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, scrubber)
  • Cookware (MSR Alpine)
  • Kitchen sink (folding bowl)
  • Screw-top bottles (for oil, honey, etc.)
  • Spices (our top 3: italian seasoning, curry and cinnamon)
  • Stove
  • Thermos (ideal for quick coffee and tea stops, or to make ‘instant soup’ at lunch – especially in cooler weather)
  • Utensils (spork, cup, bowl…)


  • Basic kit (shampoo, toothbrush, sun screen…)
  • Baby wipes (an ‘ instant’ shower)
  • Laundry powder for hand washing
  • Menstruation cup
  • Toilet paper (or use water to wash yourself so there’s no dirty litter to dispose of!)
  • Travel towel

First-Aid Kit

  • Bandaids
  • Emergency blanket
  • Gauze
  • Medicines (for colds, diarrhoea, head aches, dehydration)
  • Scissors
  • Tiger balm (for mosquito bites)
  • Tweezers


  1. Karl
    7th June 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Any thoughts on a multi-tool? I have a touring bike with a front disc brake so it will be handy to have a T25 part on it. I noticed there’s a pretty decent looking multi-tool made by Park Tools the IB-3, which also has a chain breaker as well as a bunch of hex fittings and a flat screw driver. I already have a cheap multi-tool, however it only has the basic hex keys and phillips/flat screwdriver.

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