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Packing List for Long Trip


I'm working on getting ready for a long trip across the USA from west to east.

I'm working through last year's packing list and looking at all the junk that got sent home and I've crossed most of it off this list. I would appreciate it if anyone has the time to look it over and tell me what I might be missing or what I might consider not taking with me. Thanks in advance! : )

Cycle Camping Packing List - 2013

__ Dry Sack, __ RidgeRest Pad, __ Tent, __ Tent Poles, __ Ground Cloth
__ Tent Stakes, __ Rainfly, __ Tarp, __ Tarp Cord, __ Tarp Stakes
__ Sleeping Bag

To Wear:
__ Cycling shorts __ Jersey __ Cycling Shoes __ Wook Ankle Socks
__ Helmet __ Glasses __ Third Eye Mirror __ Reflective Neon Vest
__ Altimeter Watch

On Bike:
__ Rain Coat, __ Rain Pants, __ Gloves __ Shoe covers, __ helmet cover
__ glove inserts, __ 1 merino wool socks __ 2 merino wool ankle socks
__ 1 Cycling shorts, __ 1 Pair light pants, __ 1 Long sleeved wool shirt
__ 1 short sleeved wool shirt, __ 1 Jersey, __ 1 long sleeved lycra shirt
__ Swim suit, __ Lycra pants, __ Stocking cap for sleeping
__ Camp shoes for bathing, __ 2 underwear, __ Warmup jacket
__ drybag for clothes

__ Vitamins, __ Top Ramen, __ Canned Salmon, __ Spaghetti noodles
__ Onions, __ Garlic, __ Canned Tomato (diced), __ Black Beans
__ Canned Corn, __ Tomato Paste, __ Avocado, __ Nuts
__ instant brown rice, __ tuna pouches, __ Peanut Butter
__ Bread, __ Peanuts, __ Raisins, __ Almonds, __ Walnuts, __ Oats
__ Sunflower seeds, __ Prunes, __ Dried Apricots, __ tea bags, __ Tortillas

Cooking Kit:
__ Stove, __ Fuel bottle(s), __ Fair Share Mug, __ Boiling Pot & lid, __ Pot Grabber
__ Non-stick fry pan, __ Tin Cup, __ Knife, Fork, Spoon, __ spatula, __ stirring spoon
__ Water Bladder (folding), __ large knife, __ 2 lightweight cutting boards

Kitchen Kit:
__ Paper towels in Ziplock bags, __ Matches, __ 2 lighters
__ Spices (olive oil, cinnamon, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, basil, garlic salt)
__ Can opener, __ MSR Water filter pump, Water purification tablets
__ Rope to hang food with, __ Dry bag for hanging food (bears)

Lighting Kit:
__ Headlamp, __ Lighter, __ Matches, __ 9 AAA batteries, __ ( )AA batteries

__ Maps in Ziplock bags, __ Printed maps, __ Whistle, __ Compass

Emergency Kit:

First Aid Kit:
__ 5 regular Band Aids, __ 5 large Band Aids, Neosporin/antibiotic cream

Drug list:
__ Anti-histamine/decongestant, __ Anti-diarrheal, __ Anti-Emetic (no pill form over-the-counter), __ Eyedrops, __ Headache-Naproxen, __ Swelling-Ibuprophen
__ Cough Drops, __ Rehydration crystals*
__ Quick Gauze Kaolin (coagulant), __ Emergency Trauma Bandage
__ Tourniquet Caf-T (Practice) – Only good for one go. Get a cheaper practice one.
__ Hand Warmers, __ Knife, __ Extra shoe laces, __ Sewing Kit
__ Water purification tablets (may also be contained in kitchen kit)
__ Extra Toilet Paper, __ Sunscreen
__ Bug Repellent (double-bagged), (may also be contained in Secondary Bathroom Kit)
__ Second pair of tweezers (first is in bathroom kit)

On Bicycle
__ Water Bottles (2), __ Tube repair kit, __ Extra spokes, __ Tire Levers
__ Front light for night riding, __ Rear light, __ Lock, __ Spare keys for lock*
__ tire pump, __ Extra Compression Straps, __ Cargo Net

Bathroom Kit:
__ Deodorant, __ Razor, __ Shampoo, __ Toothbrush, __ toothpaste
__ dental picks, __ dental floss, __ Toilet Paper __ Baby Wipes
__ Paper Towels (in Ziplock bags), __ Comb, __ Towel, __ Fingernail clippers
__ Tweezers, __ small scissors, __ Ethanol, __ Lotion

Secondary Bathroom Kit:
__ Sunscreen (if not in emergency kit), __ zinc oxide cream* (for very strong sun)
__ Lens cleaner for glasses, __ Bug repellent, __ Foot powder, __ Foot Cream
__ Chapstick

Entertainment Kit:
__ Paperback book in Ziploc bag, __ Playing cards in Ziploc bag

Personal Items:
__ Wallet, __ keys, __ watch, __ alarm clock __ charge card, __ cash
__ Sunglasses, __ calendar, __ passports, __ pictures of family
__ Notepad/book, __ Pen, __ Journal & small pen in Ziploc bag
__ Business/calling cards*, __ Interview forms, __ Interview questions

__ Phone Charger, __ Phone, __ Spare Phone, __ MP3 player (in Ziploc snack bag)
__ MP3 charger/cord, __ Digital Camera, __ Netbook PC in Ziplock bag
__ Charger for Netbook, __ USB Thumb Drives

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RE: Packing List for Long Trip

Hi Scott

What a great way to organise your kit into catergories like this!

I would also pack a tent repair kit in case of damage to your tent, and the same for your sleeping mat if you use the self inflating type such as 'Thermarest'.

I also like to take a collapsible bowl which is very useful if stealth camping and will double as a drinks cooler in hot weather, a few clothes pegs and an elasticated washing line.

Have a great time!


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Hi Mary,

Thanks for the idea of the tent repair kit. I've included that in my gear now.

I use carabiners and my tarp straps to hang my clothes. I can even dry clothes in the rain below my tarp. I would not camp in my home state without a tarp. Our weather is probably a lot like it is where you live.

Thanks again for your ideas.

Best Wishes,


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Hi Scott
Just had a look at your list - I live in the UK so used to soggy weather, and did a 4 month tour of NZ when it mostly rained :( Am planning to go there this year to, so interested to see what you had down

I think I took a lot less than you have on your list!

You have quite a few doubled up items putting them in two places. I'd just take one of the duplicates and just ensure you decide where it lives and then you know where to access it. I packed my panniers with exactly the same kit in exactly the same place every day so I could lay my hands on things easily

This is what potentially I'd leave.

I am not sure why you'd be taking a ground cloth and rainfly as well as a tent (unless is this is the tent). I've never bothered with extras such as tarps and line. If it's chucking it clothes don't air dry, so I just wear them until I can get to somewhere like a town/campsite with a laundrette, or indoor drying area. Otherwise I hang them on the tent, small items on guylines, on the bike, on tree branches. The bike can handle the rain, as long as you lube it, if this was why you had a tarp as well (noticed lube's not on your list - I would take a bottle of good quality lube and then buy more as needed).

I would definately invest in a lightweight thermarest, rather then a bulky sleep mat (and a puncture kit, although other than when monkeys attacked it and punctured it, I have never had a puncture). They are much more compact, so you can get them in a pannier and the comfort factor - oh bliss! Once used you can never go back to using roll mats!! They may seem expensive, but they are worth every penny for the comfort, especially if you will be camping a lot

i'd say that with the type of food you intend to eat you will get the vitamins you need, so would leave them. I'd also not take canned food - I would leave that until I was stopping near a town where I could pick it up when I will eat it, so as not to carry the weight. The same with fresh stuff. unless I know I will not get any for a few days due to my route, but also may just opt for dehydrated stuff short term. Plenty of nice options in supermarkets now. As you are riding the USA, I'd guess most times you'd be near or passing a town. I'd have a back up sachet or two of sports drink, for times when you really hit the knock and run out of steam. If you take electrolyte one, it would work too instead of rehydration stuff as it's the electrolytes you need to get back into you along with liquid, so that covers both bases

I'd leave some of the kitchen stuff, and use other items to fulfil multiple uses. I'd use a spork (lightweight all in one knife spoon, fork) and use this as my cooking spoon. I'd only take either a mug or a cup not both. I'd cut any veg on the pot lid and not take the boards.

Knife wise, I have been able to happily manage with just a swiss army knife (or some people use leathermans). I have cut everything with this. It enables you to leave all the other knives you mention.

With a swiss army knife you can get rid of other things. It has a can opener - if it feels unfamiliar just practice, so that can go. It has scissors, so both pairs you mention can go. You can use these to cut nails, and it has a nail file, and a pair of tweezers. Other things include screwdriver, punch type thing (presumably for making holes in leather etc) and a load of other things I can't recall without digging it out

I'd work out a way to double up the headlamp and the front bike light and take one - you could make a strapping of some kind for the bike light, or probably easier is to put your headtorch onto your bike helmet if you do need to ride at night

i'd not bother with paper towels - just use toilet roll, so you stick to one source. If cleaning pans, I sometimes have a scouring pad, but it is also possible to get perfectly clean pans with various combinations of water and gritty mud, moss, depending on what you have cooked.

Assuming you have a ceramic water filter, you would not need water purification tablets, as every possible nasty would be taken out by the filter.

Bug repellant - only have it in one place, but here's a tip on that front. I found that the best bug repellant ever is pure citronella oil. I used it in Peru - just dabbed very small amount on face neck hands, and never gotten bitten at all while using it. Then we had a disaster and broke the bottle and had to rely on strong commercial stuff - we then got bitten lots!! Often can get at pharmacy or health food shops. The lotions that advertise having it in are a waste of time - it needs to be the pure oil.

First aid is personal thing, but I don't take any meds lotions creams etc - just plasters wound dressing and triangular bandage and compression bandage (for sprains). Not sure what you have in mind with the torniquet, but here they don't recommend there use as people don't realise they have to ensure they release it every now and then to ensure blood does get to the rest of the relevant limb.

You haven't mentioned tools for the bike. I'd take a decent multi tool - I have a topeak Alien and it's great. I also take a set of allen keys with ball ends, a adjustable spanner, chain link remover and a few spare links, spoke key, a short length of tyre that you can put in to the tyre protect your tube temporarily if your tyre splits.

Bathroom kit I take just the toothbrush, paste, and just shower/wash with water only. I would take a wash cloth to double up as a sort of towel - If going to wash my clothes I use those to dry myself with before washing them. I kind of generally accept a bit of damp. If you don't wash your hair for several weeks it starts to self clean, needing only water, so you can leave the shampoo behind, and I'd not take deodorant personally - you are either going to be sweating while riding and it won't make any difference, or you will have had a wash/shower, so would be clean anyway.

Could you use your netbook to double up for some things? - eg put books to read on it, write your journal on it, use the calendar on it, instead of all the extras and would your watch not have an alarm on it so you don't need a separate clock, or maybe your phone has an alarm?

Not sure exactly what your clothes are in terms of if purpose specific, but as I am on a mega tight luggage allowance to get to NZ with the bikes as well, I weighed all my clothes. After having initially put out what I thought I would take, I switched a lot of items and lost several kilos by doing that.

I just figure if I am going to have to pedal it, I'll take as little as I can get away with it and make do and compromise on some stuff!

Hope you have a good trip whatever you take!

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Thank you for a well considered reply and for looking over my packing list so thoroughly.

I'm going to look into the citronella oil because bug repellent is such nasty stuff.

I'll be going through my gear again today to decide what stays and what goes...

Thanks again.

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water bottles

I would bring 3 to 4 bottles and use last two when your not sure of a water source on that days route Just tuck into your bags empty or full when needed
Tools I try to take a tool that will fix anything on the bike. Perhaps forget BB, headset tools if riding from town to town
also you can have packed ready to ship at home to you via fed Ex next day extra food etc. than if you need it just contact home and say send package 1 or 2 or 3
rope I always take some nylon light rope to hang clothes tie down tent better etc
underware I take 3 wearing one, one drying in outside mesh pocket and one clean
plactic bags I put all items I don't want getting wet from rain in clear plastic bags to keep them dry clear so I can see what is in them

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Travel light

I have pared down my baggage to about 25 pounds after many tours with much more. Cooking gear and food is weighty. For myself, I have breakfast and the evening meal in a restuarant (about $15); during the day it is sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. The cost might be an extra $5 a day compare to buying groceries, carrying ten extra pounds, and having to find a place to cook and clean up. Think light and good luck!

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to avoid cost of eating out I look for a place to buy it near end of trip each country has a supermarket chain those work great I buy get to place I am staying clean up than eat dinner

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depends where you are riding if you want to eat and not carry stove etc

ok if you know you will be somewhere you can do that, but some more remote places you will need to carry food (and by extension if you want hot food and drink, a stove etc). even in places like NZ there are ride where you may be a couple of days between places you can buy food.

And also would need to be in a country where eating out is cheap. In the UK you'd rack up a huge bill doing that!

I just get into a different mode when cycle camping - accept that it is about the travel not the speed and just get into a rhythm and cruise along. Somehow it doesn't seem like you are pushing a load after a while and the more you do it the stronger you get, so the faster you do go.

Also carrying the kit and some food means I can stop anywhere I like, even if it is in the middle of nowhere, and I can choose to pitch up and wild camp whenever

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carrying cooking kit

Oh yes, use local knowledge, as although any places will have food stores in general, check as I already know that there will be places I can't pick food up on my next trip in a few places, and I will not be able to manage the mileage to get to the next place. I gleaned this from a NZ cyclist who gave full descriptions of his routes, stating clearly no shop in certain places.

If happy to eat cold food between stops then you could just load up with food at the last point and check where the next point is so you can ensure you have enough to get you there.

I nearly got caught out in Lombok as assumed the villages on route would have basic shops with food. All we found was two minute dried noodle packs. It is also hard to check at times in some non English speaking countries particularly out of the main towns, as communication can get confused. Not only that some cultures can't not help, so will tell you yes yet not be correct (quite a few extra miles resulted from that and being directed the wrong way!).

Personally I'd have a minimum of 24hrs worth of food with me in case of getting caught out. It could even be a pure case of being exhausted and having to camp where you are (have had to crawl into the buses and cap off the road where I just ran out of steam before now!

But you could if you fancied liquid diet take some carbohydrate sports drink and use those in an emergency if you don't want to carry any food other than what you need for lunch that day

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Many options

There are many ways to tour and I won't pretend my way is better. Since you have toured before, you might want to ask yourself what did you not use on your last trip and exclude those items. Traveling light - with just mid-sized rear panniers - allows you to cover greater distance with less effort. In 30-some tours, I have seldom ended my day in a place without access to food, even in New Zealand. I always carry bread, peanut butter, and cookies for the day, but this would not be satisfying for an evening meal - but would get me through.

With carrying cooking gear, option, you would save a bit of money and be able to eat well. But there is the added time of finding a grocery store, then finding a place to cook, and hope you have easy access to water for clean-up. Camping - or cooking - in the middle of nowhere is not as easy as it might sound, be it private land, a dense woodsy area, or a tree-less tundra.

I like the idea of traveling light and doing a shorter or longer day to be in a town with a restaurant. Then sit down in a comfortable chair, have someone serve you, and chat with the wait person about a place to camp. The next morning, after stealth camping, cycling a short distance for that first cup of coffee in a local establishment. Then, repeat, for that ideal tour.

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