Well, short story first, I guess.
I got hit with the idea of touring many months ago, but didn't have the money for a bike. After several months I finally ended up getting a bike with rear and front rack mounts, 'cause I thought that's what I would need to carry "all that I needed."
After getting the bike, I decided that I would rather not carry as much as other people do, and that using a backpack and the rear rack alone would suffice.
This would be nice because I'd have a lighter bike, which would let me travel a bit faster and easier, and would be less of a hassle to control. Just seems a bit more convienient, for me, anyway.
For my rear rack, I plan to carry...
blanket/sleeping bag/tent - clothes - ???
For my backpack, I'd carry...
bike related items: lock - allen wrenches - pump - patchkit - spare tube
food, etc (to be restocked every couple days): 4 bottles of water (all full when possible) - couple days worth of bananas/oranges at a time - packaged food items (bars, chips, etc). - premade cooked foods (any suggestions? vegan please).
random: money - phone - id - sketchpad/pencil - ???
Anyone here experienced with light load, non-credit card touring who could give me some idea of their loads/setup.
Any suggestions on what I should add (necessities only) would be nice.