I got back from a little mini tour a couple of weeks ago; just a ride from the Boston area to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. It struck me during and at the end of tour, I felt (at least for my needs and the kind of touring I do) that the equipment I have is.... well..... just about perfect. Everything worked flawlessly, and I just couldn't think of anything I felt I had to change.... I had zero doubts about my equipment!
From the bike, the clothes, the tent, the panniers, the sleeping gear, the stove -even down to my little home made helmet mirror and the colour of my bike and tent -nothing was niggly. Everything was just right for me. However, aside from the tent, sleeping bag and coffee mug, I realized that over my touring career, everything else has been changed or added (biggest item I suppose is my bike -this is my 3rd touring bike).
What are the big changes you've made to reach your point of absolute comfort for your touring? Or are you still refining?
Next up: reaching for the touring stars -canned bread, a large knife and a hammock.