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Postby doomith » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:35 pm

Hi all,
Did a bit of a look through but can't see any threads on this subject.

Totally understand that packing lists will differ depending on where you're going and for how long and the type of touring your going to do.

Just wondering if anyone has any good links or packing lists that they use as a base and then modify depending on where they are going?

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Postby RonK » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:42 pm

doomith wrote:Just wondering if anyone has any good links or packing lists that they use as a base and then modify depending on where they are going?

:)

Yes, you will find a link to my packing list in my blog.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby doomith » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:10 pm

hey, cool blog - can't see the packing list thou....
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby WestcoastPete » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:13 pm

http://bicycletraveler.bicyclingaroundt ... rent-issue

There's an Excel packing list on that link which will make sure you have pretty much everything for a comfortable tour (The magazine is cool too...)

You can delineate Equipment Lists on the CGOAB website by selecting it in the left hand menu - this will show journals with equipment lists.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby il padrone » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:24 pm

Here's my packing list (sorry to make the post so long but I don't have a blog to host it at)

Tools
6” shifting spanner
pliers
2 tyre levers
Topeak Alien multi-tool
8mm spanner
chain tool
6mm allen key
spoke key
cassette remover
screw driver (dual head)
cleaning brush
puncture repair kit
tyre boot

Spares
gear & brake cables
spokes (inside handlebar)
headlight bulb
brake pads
adhesive tape
zip ties (asstd. sizes)
baling wire
hose clamp
steel rod (5 x 110mm)
assorted nuts & bolts
2 spare tubes
grease tub
chain lube

Camping & Cooking
tent
groundsheet
extra rain fly
Thermarest mat
candle lantern
camp stool
stove & fuel
cooking set (w/pot grip, matches, lighter, dishwashing liquid)
mess kit
serrated knife
cutting board
wooden spoon
water purification tablets
‘Kitchen Sink’ collapsible basin
6L water bag
sleeping bag
silk sleeping sheet
Clothes - cycling
T-shirts x 3
cycling jersey
knicks x 2
Juggernauts shorts
lycra tights
thermal underwear
socks x 4
cycling jacket
fleece top
Showerspass rain jacket
Netti overpants
cycling shoes
cycling mitts

Clothes - casual
shirt
jeans/travel pants
sandals/street shoes
sun hat

Personal toiletries
toothbrush )
toothpaste )
shaver )
soap ) all in kit bag
shampoo )
pocket knife )
ear plugs )
bath plug )

travel towel
first-aid kit
small roll toilet paper
folding trowel


Food storage
assorted plastic food jars
snap-lock bags
insulated lunch pack




Extra items
LED head torch
digital camera
fly net
thermometer (clipped outside handlebar bag)
compass
maps & map pocket
ocky straps
pens
mp3 player
book to read
cycle bidons
bike computer
1.5L water bottle
stuff sacks
sunglasses
UV blockout
RID insect spray
spare batteries
pegless clothesline



Winter Gear
Super-roubbaix skull cap
Polarfleece jacket
thermal gloves
waterproof ski gloves
Kinetix longs
overboots
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby RonK » Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:41 pm

doomith wrote:hey, cool blog - can't see the packing list thou....

Sorry - hasty lunchtime post, and it's not easy to insert links on a smartphone.

You will find packing list on the baggage page of both my tour journals. It's an Excel spreadsheet that I've developed through years of backpacking, trekking and touring.

The idea is to choose what you want for a trip, then print it out and use it as a packing checklist.

You will find a list at the bottom of this page, and another version at the bottom of this page. Click on the link and choose File>Download.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby Meditator » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:30 pm

I love looking at packing lists, especially my own. But i love looking at posters packing lists as a question. So it would be more interesting for me to see yours and be able to give my two bobs worth on it rather than have to look at everyone else's on this thread. Though i know that's my problem since the thread is yours. So to humour me, when you've worked it out, post your list here and we can give you feedback. Also because as someone else said, you've got to pack for your trip and those other ones listed will be for different trips.

So we should know (would like to know) where you are going (in relevant detail), when and for how long.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:39 pm

I have a workbook with my bicycle touring and bushwalking gear list posted on my blog. I also have added a sheet for the Dreaming Tour. Still being refined but.

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Re: Packing Lists

Postby Meditator » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:09 am

il padrone. YOu've nothing to apologise for. Your posting is more user friendly than all those links to downloads and so on. Well from my perspective at least. Though now i'm not sure if you mention which trip this gear list is designed for.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby il padrone » Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:39 am

Thanks.

That list is a pretty universal list of items I would pack for expedition-style touring of 4 days to 3 weeks duration in SE Australia. Expedition meanng we would be going into the high country or other forest country areas (eg. the Otways, Sth Gippsland, NE Victoria) for multi-night bush camping. I did not have too much different packed for my recent 18 day tour of Tasmania, or our 2010 tour from Melbourne to Oodnadatta (9 weeks) including the Vic west coast and Flinders Ranges.

As an adendum to the list, I have also recorded my standard packing strategy (panniers as 'rooms') that helps me avoid the 'oh it's in the other pannier' situation. I find it very useful and have been doing this for the past 12 years or so.

Handlebar bag – The Desk

documents
travel & tourist info.
camera
mp3 player
snacks
spare gloves
pen & notebook
sunglasses



Front panniers – The Pantry

Left side – Day meals
lunch & breakfast food
fresh fruit & vegies
first aid kit
snack bars, nuts in pocket

Right side – Evening meals
dinner food
main tool kit
spare ocky straps, plastic bag, blockout, in pocket

Rear panniers – Living quarters
Left side –The Kitchen/Day-room
cycling clothes
fuel bottle/canister
cooking set
stove
mess kit
cutting board
rain jacket
tools & spare tubes in pocket

Right side – The Bedroom
street clothes
sleeping bag
silk inner sheet
head-torch & LED lantern
towel
toiletry bag
spare shoes
pegless clothes line, trowel & toilet paper in pocket

Rack bag – The Shelter

tent
groundsheet
rain fly
Exped Synmat
folding camp stool

map case strapped under ocky strap, water bag & sandals under rack bag
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby WestcoastPete » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:03 pm

Link to my latest packing list.

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Re: Packing Lists

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:54 pm

il padrone wrote:As an adendum to the list, I have also recorded my standard packing strategy (panniers as 'rooms') that helps me avoid the 'oh it's in the other pannier' situation. I find it very useful and have been doing this for the past 12 years or so.


I also do this but probably take it a step further and try and be consistent in what goes in the left pannier and the right pannier. Might update my spreadsheet to reflect this as well.

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Re: Packing Lists

Postby J Quinton » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:44 pm

Call me lazy or whatever, but I find it takes more energy to try to put everything in it's 'place' than it does to find it every time.
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Postby RonK » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:46 pm

J Quinton wrote:Call me lazy or whatever, but I find it takes more energy to try to put everything in it's 'place' than it does to find it every time.

Me too - I organise like items into small silnylon stuff sacks, which are very slippy and slide easily into roughly the same pannier each day. Once packed the panniers are not opened again until the end of the day, when they are unpacked and arranged along the wall of the tent for easy access. That is as much organization as my mind can tolerate.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby il padrone » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:16 pm

J Quinton wrote:Call me lazy or whatever, but I find it takes more energy to try to put everything in it's 'place' than it does to find it every time.

But that's where my 'rooms' strategy works for me. Very little thinking required as all the items in each bag are related. Also I've done it this way so often now it's second nature. I very rarely need to hunt fom one pannier to the next to find something, and with four panniers and handlebar bag the hunting could get disheartening.

My pannier pockets (four of them) do get a bit tricky - need to be more consistent there.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby elStado » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:39 pm

On this topic, but not a reply to OP, here's my packing list. Anyone care to critique or add comments? I put my comments and thoughts in brackets next to each item.

I leave in 3 weeks, enough time to order/obtain anything else needed.

Duration of tour: ~4.5 weeks
Approx length of tour: ~1,300km (covering around 60-80km per day on average with a couple of non-riding rest days each week).
Destination: Western Europe, exact areas unconfirmed. Possibly eastern/southern region of France, western/central Germany, Belgium and Netherlands.
Season: Late summer / early autumn.
Expected weather: Mild conditions, mostly sunny days around 20-25°C, evenings around 10-15°C. Potential for a few rainy days over the month.

Clothing:
2x Ground Effect 'Zip Tie' long sleeve cycling jerseys (super lightweight and fast drying synthetic) [ ]
1x Short and/or long sleeve thick merino wool jersey (Might not take both of these though; they are heavy, bulky and too warm if it is above 10-15 degrees) [ ]
1x Swim shorts (ultra lightweight and quick dry) [ ]
1x Cotton t-shirt (for off the bike wear) and/or 1x Lightweight long sleeve cotton t-shirt (off the bike, out on the town or cooler nights) [ ]
1x Cycling smart trousers (black; Rapha design - can be used on/off bike, a bit heavy and bulky though.. consider alternative options) [ ]
2x Civvies (dark coloured baggy shorts, can be worn off the bike as well) [ ]
2x Padded underlayers (1x merino, 1x synthetic) [ ]
2x 150gsm merino wool boxer briefs [ ]
2x Thin synthetic socks (black DeFeet Levitator) [ ]
1x Medium thickness merino socks (charcoal DeFeet Woolie Boolie 2 - 4" cuff) [ ]
1x 150gsm (charcoal) and/or 190gsm (grey marl) merino wool long sleeve base layer top (probably only need one of these) [ ]
1x Ronhill 'trackster' pants (as an extra layer on cold days) [ ]
1x Rain jacket (Showers Pass Elite 2.0) [ ]
1x Rain pants (Ground Effect Helter Skelter 3/4 pants) [ ]
1x Full finger cycling gloves [ ]
1x Buff multipurpose headband and/or 1x Cycle cap [ ]
1x Sanuk 'sidewalk surfers' (enclosed sandals) [ ]
1x Shimano MT71 SPD MTB shoes (with a waterproof GoreTex lining and a Vibram sole) [ ]
1x Mesh stuff sack for dirty clothes (3-4L capacity) [ ]

Personal Items & Toiletries (front bar bag for valuables; rear 20L pannier bag for everything else)
Passports, credit cards, ID etc (packed in small zip-lock bag) [ ]
Info package in plastic sleeve (explanation letter in French and German, maps/route plans, travel insurance certificate etc) [ ]
Sunglasses (plus soft & hard case) [ ]
Spectacles (plus soft & hard case) [ ]
LifeVenture trek microfiber towel (large) [ ]
Basic medikit (in medium zip-lock bag) [ ]
Toiletries bag or medium zip-lock bag [ ]
Toothpaste (smaller tube) [ ]
Toothbrush + floss [ ]
Contact lens fluid (120ml size) & contact lenses with cases (new and spare pair) [ ]
Aloe skin moisturiser/repair cream (put in a small 120ml container) [ ]
Chamois cream (put in a small 50ml container) [ ]
SPF30+ sun cream (120ml) [ ]
Papaw ointment & SPF 30+ lip balm [ ]
Tropical strength insect repellent (135ml) [ ]
Muscle heat gel (put in a 50ml container) [ ]

Camp Gear (to be stored in other 20L rear pannier bag, cooking gear in front 12.5L pannier bag, & tent on the rack top):
Tent (3-season, 2 person Tarptent Scarp 2 with cross poles and tyvek ground sheet cut to size of footprint) [ ]
Montbell Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 sleeping bag (plus water resistant stuff sack) [ ]
Silk sleeping bag liner [ ]
Exped UL Synmat 7 air mattress [ ]
Exped Air pillow [ ]
Trangia 27-8 UL/HA stove/cookwear set (plus 500-1000ml of methylated spirits and a lighter/matches; to be purchased over there) [ ]
Insulated travel mug [ ]
Titanium spork [ ]
Concentrated dish washing detergent (put in a smaller 15-50ml container) [ ]
Wool/delicates clothes detergent (put in a small-medium 50-120ml container) [ ]
25L Exped 'Cloudburst' backpack/dry bag [ ]
Ortlieb 5L folding bucket (for carrying & hand washing clothes, dishes, gathering water, washing vegetables etc) [ ]
Tubus 3-way elastic rack strap (to fasten tent bag to rear rack) [ ]

Electronics:
Olympus u1050SW waterproof camera (+ 1200mA spare battery, pouch & charger)
Compact multi-country power adapter/converter (in pouch) [ ]
Micro USB phone charger (with removeable cable) [ ]

Tools & Misc (categorised in zip-lock bags and stored in a front 12.5L pannier bag):
4-5m of light weight nylon string (for washing line etc; buy over there as needed) [ ]
Repair guides for essential tasks in plastic sleeve (e.g. spoke repair/replacement, wheel truing, front/rear derailleur adjustment)
Various sized cable-ties [ ]
Small roll of electrical tape (10m) [ ]
2x 10cm gaffa tape patches stuck on frame down tube for emergency use/patches [ ]
Green Oil 'ecological chain lube' (put into 15ml eye-drop container) [ ]
2x 15x15cm clean rags for cleaning and oiling chain [ ]
Basic tyre/tube repair kit (levers, patches, glue etc) [ ]
Spare tube (Presta valve with schrader>presta rim adapter) [ ]
Tent patch kit (one piece of each material is enough, store in a small zip lock bag) [ ]
Multi-tool (Topeak Mini 20 Pro; comes with variety of tools inc. chain tool and spoke wrenches; 151g) [ ]
2x Spare spokes (taped to spoke mount on non-drive side of chainstay) [ ]
Park Tool SW-40 3.2mm spoke wrench (maybe just use the multi tool instead) [ ]
Small adjustable spanner (or get specific size/s - check what you need) [ ]
Topeak Mountain Morph medi floor pump (250g) [ ]
Kryptonite Evolution Mini 7 U-lock (1000g) w/ KrytoFlex 4ft cable (300g) [ ]

I've got this list in Evernote, so I have been reviewing and updating it every few days as I do test packs and test/assess my gear.

I wanted to get a J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lock as I am a bit concerned about breaking a spoke on the rear wheel, but it's been difficult to get hold of. I figured that since I am in a highly developed area of the world with many cyclists any repairs that might need to be done beyond my tool/skill set shouldn't be too difficult to arrange. Hence why I am not quite as loaded up as other tourers heading off to far more remote and desolate regions (e.g. Aushiker's 'Dreaming tour').

I've been looking at getting a Kindle or other eBook reader as I like to take time to relax and read a book while travelling. Not sure if I'll bother as one book will probably last me the month anyway. I am still trying to figure out my options for keeping my phone and other USB powered devices charged on the road. My phone only lasts a day with normal use, half that with Google maps and GPS navigation active. Nothing on the market seems to do the job properly though, it's all bulky, heavy and expensive.

This is also on the general list, but it is more of a 'to do' list than my pack list. The Tardis will be probably be left behind in Germany (I'll pick it up on my way home).

Bike Gear:
Vivente World Randonneur touring bicycle [ ]
- Clean and oil chain, inspect frame etc before leaving [ ]
- Proofide saddle before leaving (leave proofide at home) [ ]
- Detach and pack Mirrycle mirror and racks before packing [ ]
Ground Effect 'Tardis' bike bag [ ]* (or use a cardboard bike box)
Front and rear Tubus racks (Cosmo on rear and Nova low-rider on front) [ ]
- Test attachments; possibly remove for packing [ ]
- Ensure all bolts and suitable tools are packed, add spare 25mm bolts and washers [ ]
Ortlieb Back Roller Plus pannier bags (pair; 20L capacity each) [ ]
Ortlieb Front Roller Plus pannier bags (pair; 12.5L capacity each) [ ]
Ortlieb Ultimate 5 Plus large bar bag (plus Ortlieb map case accessory; 8.5L capacity) [ ]
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby doomith » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:30 am

4.5 weeks and no padded bike shorts ?
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:57 am

doomith wrote:4.5 weeks and no padded bike shorts ?


2x Padded underlayers (1x merino, 1x synthetic) [ ] ?

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Re: Packing Lists

Postby doomith » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:27 am

Aushiker wrote:
doomith wrote:4.5 weeks and no padded bike shorts ?


2x Padded underlayers (1x merino, 1x synthetic) [ ] ?

Andrew


I'd class an underlayer as a thermal ? Anyway - I'm going away for 30ish days and taking 4 sets of lycra
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:33 am

doomith wrote:
Aushiker wrote:
doomith wrote:4.5 weeks and no padded bike shorts ?


2x Padded underlayers (1x merino, 1x synthetic) [ ] ?

Andrew


I'd class an underlayer as a thermal ? Anyway - I'm going away for 30ish days and taking 4 sets of lycra


I have never worn padded thermals so cannot comment on that aspect but assumed from the reference to padded that they are something like the Ground Effect Underdogs. ... BTW I am going for three months and have two sets of riding gear. More than enough even with up to 20 days between laundry spots :)

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Re: Packing Lists

Postby doomith » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:25 pm

Wearing dirty knicks is my least favourite and I try to avoid it at all costs - hence more pairs. I'd even take 4x bibs and 2x jerseys if I was _THAT_ pushed for room.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby elStado » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:52 pm

Aushiker wrote:I have never worn padded thermals so cannot comment on that aspect but assumed from the reference to padded that they are something like the Ground Effect Underdogs. ... BTW I am going for three months and have two sets of riding gear. More than enough even with up to 20 days between laundry spots :)

Andrew


They aren't themals. They are just like bike shorts, except smaller and with a slightly thinner pad to be worn underneath baggies (just like the GE Underdogs). Rapha padded merino boxers are very breathable and comfortable, stay fresh for a while and are easy to wash/dry quickly. I might get another pair though for backup. I'll be hand washing my underwear and socks each day, allowing them to dry overnight and the next day ready for use again the day after.
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Re: Packing Lists

Postby il padrone » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:21 pm

Damned anglo-australian mania for washing :P

Riding the Oodnadattta Track we went for about 5-6 days between reliable clothes washing. I carried two pairs of knicks and one pair of GE Juggernauts (but rarely wore these in the coolish conditions). You do the maths - I was wearing each of those knicks for at least a couple of days at a stretch between washes. Water was too scarce to go wasting it on clothes washing.

It was on this trip that I discovered the real value of a merino thermal - wear it for 4-5 days and no 'pong' at all :D
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