THE KIT

You wouldn't believe how many hours have gone into putting this kit together. We’ve trawled blogs, review sites and hunted out all the top deals to find the best kit for our budget. As we’re literally carrying our home on the back of the bikes, we opted for the most affordable lightweight items… with a few little luxuries thrown in to make the ride more comfortable. We are indebted to the cycle tourists who've shared their kit lists, so below is a bit of a breakdown of the stuff we’re taking.

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The lot

This is it. This is all our worldly belongings for the next year or so packed into twelve bags:
– Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Pair (black & blue). 
– Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus Pair (black & blue)
– Ortlieb Medium Rack Pack x2 (red & yellow)
– Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Handle Bar Bag (black) 
– Ortlieb Ultimate 6 S Plus Handle Bar Bag (blue)

The different coloured panniers were an after thought. Originally, we both had black rear panniers, but after a dry-run in Scotland, often mixing up whose bag was whose, we decided to sell a set of the black ones and buy blue. It's made life so much easier in our little tiny tent. 

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THE CAMP

– MSR Hubba Tour 2 tent
– MSR Hubba Tour 2 Footprint
– Vango Ultralite 900 Sleeping Bag
– Robens Caucasus 300 Sleeping Bag
– 2x Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bags
– Thermarest NeoLite Sleeping Mat
– Women’s Thermarest NeoLite Sleeping Mat
– 2x Sea to Summit Silk Liners
– Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Inflatable Pillow
– Half-sized regular pillow
– 1x Quechua Camping Tripod Stools (luxury item)
 

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JEN's CLOTHES

– Specialized Riata MTB Cycle Shoes
– Merrell Salida Trekker Hiking Shoes
– Teva Women's Terra Fi Lite Leather Walking Sandals
– 4x Merino Socks (Icebreaker & SmartWool)
– Sportful No-Rain Leg Warmers
– Mountain Warehouse Thermal Leggings
– 2x Baggy Cycle Shorts (Sportful & Endura)
– North Face Zip-Off Trousers
– Bed Clothes
– 6x Knickers
– 3x Sports Bras
– Bikini
– Mountain Warehouse Merino Base Layer
– Pearl Izumi Cycle Jersey
– 2x Merino T-Shirts (Rapha/Icebreaker)
– Icebreaker Merino Vest Top
– 2x Royal Robbins Casual Hiking Shirts
– Rapha Merino Jumper
– Rapha Packable Cycle Rain Jacket
– Berghaus Waterproof Jacket
– Berghaus Hydro-Down Jacket
– Sealskinz Waterproof Winter Gloves
– Sealskinz Merino Glove Liners
– Rapha Fingerless Gloves
– Merino Buff
– Katmandu Wooly Hat
– Generic UV400 Sunglasses

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JEN'S WASHBAG

– Katmandu Wash Bag
– Bar of Soap in Case
– Shampoo & Conditioner
– Roll-on Deodorant
– Toothpaste
– Toothbrush in Case
– Floss
– SPF Lip Balm
– Nail Clippers
– Tweezers
– Razor
– Epilator (luxury item)
– Small Hair Brush
– Bobbles & Hair Grips
– Microfibre Towel

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The tech

– MacBook x2
– Garmin Edge 1000
– 2x Garmin Vivo Activ Sports Watches
– SPOT Gen 3 Tracker
– CatEye Velo 5 Cycle Computer
– Panasonic LUMIX LX 100
– GoPro Hero 5 + Various Mounts
– Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-Q Stabiliser
– 3x 1TB Harddrives
– 2x Kindle Paperwhites
– 2x Headphones, plus Splitter
– JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Speaker
– 2x Anker PowerCore 26800 Battery Packs
– 2x Black Diamond Headtorches






 

 

THE TOOLS (no pic)

– Puncture Repair Kit
– Instant Stick Patches
– 2x Tyre Levers
– Lezyne Micro Floor Pump with Gage
– Regular Pump
– Topeak Alien II Multi Tool
– 10mm Allen Key
– NBT2 (cassette remover)
– Cone Spanners
– Chain Wear Tool
– Bike Oil
– Bike Grease
– Reusable Cable Ties
– Electrical Tape
– Superglue
– Brooks Proofide

 

THE BIKE BITS (no pic)

– 2x Son 28 Dynamos
– 2x Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Racks
– 2x Tubus Logo Evo Rear Racks
– CatEye Volt 1200 Front Light
– CatEye Volt 800 Front Light
– 2x Bontrager Flare R Rear Lights
– 2x 750ml CamelBak Big Chill Bottles
– 2x 700ml Nalgene Bottles
– 2x Generic 500ml Bottles

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THE KITCHEN

– Primus Omni-Fuel I Stove
– Primus 1L Fuel Bottle
– Primus Omni-Fuel I Maintenance Kit
– Primus ETA Pans (1L, 1.8L, 3L) + bowls
– MSR chopping board, grater & knife
– Generic spatula & tin opener
– 2x plates, mugs & Lifeventure basic cutlery sets
– 3x Tupperware boxes (1 for butter, 2 for overnight oats)
– IKEA food clips
– Food bags
– Lighters
 

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DAN'S CLOTHES

– Giro Rumble VR MTB Cycle Shoes
– North Face Hedgehog Fastpack Walking Shoes
– Columbia Men's Walking Sandals
– 4x Merino Socks (Rapha/Ice Breaker)
– Sportful No-Rain Leg Warmers
– 2x Rapha Cycle Shorts
– North Face Paramount 3.0 Zip-Off Trousers
– Bed Clothes
– 5x Boxers
– Swimming Shorts
– Helly Hansen Base Layer
– Rapha Long Sleeved Cycle Jersey
– 3x Icebreaker Merino T-Shirts
– 2x Generic Vest Tops
– Rapha Merino Jumper
– Rapha Packable Cycle Rain Jacket
– Berghaus Waterproof Jacket
– Rab Hydro-Down Jacket
– Rapha Waterproof Deep Winter Gloves
– Icebreaker Merino Glove Liners
– Specialized Grail Fingerless Gloves
– Rapha Merino Buff
– Wooly Hat
– Prescription Sunglasses


 

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DAN'S WASHBAG

– Osprey Roll Wash Bag
– Bar of Soap in Case
– Roll-On Deodorant
– Toothpaste
– Toothbrush in Case
– Suncream
– Beard comb
– Microfibre Towel






 

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miscellaneous

– LifeSystems Traveller First Aid Kit
– Various Medicines (Paracetamol etc)
– 2x Jungle Formula Deet Roll-On
– 2x 10 Litre Ortlieb Water Pouches
– Compass
– Maps
– Penknife
– Trowel
– Gold Standard Locks (to validate insurance)
– 2x Padlocks
– Fake Wallet
– Magic Letter
– Passsport Copies
– Plenty of Passport Photos
– 2x Osprey Talon 33 Rucksacks (luxury items, for hiking)
– Notebook & Pens
– Playing Cards
– Small Sewing Kit
– Various Bungee Cords
– Various Sized Amazon Basic Packing Cubes
– Various Sized Dry Bags (Vango/Alpkit)

 

THE SPARES (no pic)

– 3x Inner Tubes
– Handful of Spokes & Nipples
– Chain Quick Link
– 2x Spare Chains
– 4x Brake Cables
– 4x Gear Cables
– 6x Brake Pads
– Various Sized M5/M6 Nuts, Bolts and Washers
– Steel Hose Clamps
– Cable Caps Ends





 

 

KIT WE'VE SENT HOME OR BINNED (NO PIC)

– MSR Deluxe Kitchen Set (sent most of it home)
– Jen's Birkenstock Classic Milano (sent home)
– Jen's 3x Padded Cycle Shorts (Rapha/FWE) (sent home)
– Jen's Ayacucho Zip-Off Trousers (broke)
– Dan's Leather Sandals (broke)
– Dan's Rapha Padded Bib-shorts (sent home)
– 2x Sealskinz Overshoes (broke)
– 2x Lifeventure All-Purpose Soap (used up)
– Lush Shampoo Bar (used up)
– 50ml Pure Organ Oil (binned)
– Exfoliating Glove (binned)
– Jen's Makeup (sent home)
– Dan's Beard Oil (used up)
– Juggling Balls (broke)
– Chain Whip & Cassette Lock Ring (binned)
– 1x Quechua Camping Tripod Stool (broke)
– MSR Tea Towel (broke)
– MSR Corkscrew (broke)
– 2L Vango Dry Bag (broke)