I get the feeling that I'm doing this strange. Like there is a different way to pack the bike. When I look at the way I packed my panniers, I had all the clothing in one big pannier on the rear, with the bad weather in the opposite pannier. In the front I was loading the tools and pump and cook set. Just because I felt it should be that way. But in loosing a front panniers and a rear pannier I'm wondering if I am going about this all wrong. I know that's why we practice and work on loading and unloading until we get the right combination. I now wonder if I wouldn't have better success loading the panniers with the clothing etc up front, this would keep the panniers from making a lot of noise, and take some of the weight off them, and I'd have the emergency stuff up front, handy. The large panniers in the rear could have all the cooking and repair stuff in them along with the lesser used items of clothing.
How do you guys manage this stuff?