The Kit

It is day 4 into my 3-month European bike ride and I thought you might all be wondering what on earth I’ve crammed into my 5 bike bags..so here goes.

Bikepacking – the advice

I was planning for something I’d never done before, so before I even got my kit together I asked some advice of those who’ve been there and done it!

For the most part, the advice was to pack as light as possible. Sounds simple right? But when you’re thinking of what clothes to take what does that actually mean? A wiser bikepacker than me put it simply – if you take lots of spare clothes you just ride around with dirty clothes. Got it, minimal clothing!

A lot of people also told me to veto the tent and go for a bivvy bag to sleep in. Now this seems terrifying but I trusted the advice and went with it. There’s also a bunch of equipment that any cyclist must take in order to feel a bit ‘safer’ so to speak, inner tubes, chain oil, small bike lock and so forth.

So what about toiletries? Well how much could I get away with(out)? A friend at work said why don’t I take a face oil instead of cream – bingo! Now the toothbrush and toothpaste IS obligatory, but that’s about it I guess!

The Kit List Lowdown

After writing the entire list down, it seemed just too much and that there wasn’t any chance it would fit in my bike bags, but alas, believe it or not it did! Phew! So here it all is…

Clothes & Shoes etc.

1 pair of bike shorts

1 pair of casual shorts

2 pairs of socks

2 pairs of pants

1 sports bra

1 vest

1 t shirt

Bikini

1 long sleeved top

1 waterproof jacket

1 pair of bike shoes

1 pair of flip flops

1 pair of cycling gloves

Glasses

Sunglasses

1 book

Spare foldable backpack

Water purification tablets

Toiletries

3 small soaps

1 small shampoo

Hair brush

Toilet roll

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Deodorant

Face oil

Sun tan lotion

Bug repellent

2 x razors

Hand sanitizer

90 PAIRS OF CONTACT LENSES 🤦🏽‍♀️

Tech

1 phone cable

1 adapter

1 power pack

1 Garmin

1 Beeline

Old Nokia phone (to play snake)

Nokia phone charger

Phone holder

Alarm

2 bike lights

1 tent light

Plug

Whistle (low tech!)

Camping stuff

Tent pegs

Rope

Sleeping mat

Sleeping bag

Bivvy bag

Tarpaulin

1 towel

Washing line

Plastic knife and fork

Bike shiz!

Spare cleats

Gaffa tape (for when shit gets real)

2 inner tubes

Puncture repair kit

Multi tool

Pump

Helmet

Maps

Compass

The bags

1 Alpkit Koala bag

1 Alpkit fuel pod cell

1 Apidura handle bar bag

1 Alpkit frame bag small

1 Quecha clip on bag small

Wow..I’m honestly exhausted typing this all out, and worst of all, almost half of it are ‘just in cases!’ I honestly don’t know how it fits into my bike bags, but it does and it’s probably as lean as I can be. But as my contact lenses stash dwindles, perhaps I can treat myself to a new pair of pants 🤣 gross I know, but that’s the life of a bikepacker I guess!

I’ll be updating as I go about how the bike packing malarkey is going, including pretty much sleeping outside! Watch this space!

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