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    Packing list for a long tour...

    It seems like a lot, but I think with careful packing I could condense most of this stuff together pretty well. All of the cooking utensils can go in the small bucket that I listed. The bucket will have many purposes... doing dishes... laundry... storage... The clothes will all go into a backpack along with the hygene stuff. I would rig this to a bob trailer. Then bungee cord a larger gym bag over the top of the trailer which will probably contain the more flimsy stuff like the sleeping back and tent.

    What do you all think? What would you eliminate if you were me?



    Packing List

    Tent
    Sleeping Bag
    Sheet
    Pillow


    Clothes:

    Rain Gear
    Three T-Shirts
    Three Bibs
    Six Pairs of Socks
    Six Pairs of boxer Shorts
    Two Pairs regular shorts
    Pair of Khaki Shorts
    Pair of Adidas Pants
    Hooded Sweatshirt
    Bathing Suit
    Shoes
    Sandals
    Two Towels


    Hygene:

    Toothbrush
    Razors
    Shaving Cream
    Mirror
    Deoderant
    Soap
    Shampoo
    Toothpaste
    Toilet Paper
    Trash Bags
    Empty Sack for dirty laundry
    Small bottle of laundry detergent


    Cooking:

    Stove
    Gas
    Spatula
    Wooden Spoon
    Fork
    Spoon
    Knife
    Pot
    Pan
    Bowl
    Two small plastic gladware containers
    Two water bottles (for the bike)
    Small Bucket
    Dish Liquid


    Miscellaneous:

    Laptop
    Cellphone and Charger
    Watch
    Rope
    Clothes Pins
    Tarp
    Bungee Cords
    Tools for bike repair
    Bike Pump

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    Packing lists are a personal thing. My comments that follow are my take on it. I am presenting them only as food for thought. A few of your items seem like overkill and there are things missing. You probably want to look at some lists to fill in the blanks on things that are missing. For example you probably want some kind of blinkie light and a flashlight.

    Tent
    Sleeping Bag
    Sheet
    Pillow
    - I wouldn't dream of going without a sleeping pad. The sheet is optional as is the pillow. I don't usually carry a sheet but we did use a piece of one on the Trans America when it was 100F for days on end. We split a queen size sheet into three pieces to share between the three of us.

    I carry a small "real", but small (maybe 11x17"). Some get by with a stuff sack with some clothes in it.

    Rain Gear - I carry some really lightweight nothing fancy stuff from Sierra Designs. It packs smaller than a water bottle for the pants and also for the jacket.

    Three T-Shirts - I carry two short sleeved jerseys for on bike and one Under Armor Heat Gear shirt for off bike.

    Three Bibs - Not a fan of bibs, I carry two pairs of bike shorts.

    Six Pairs of Socks - Three pairs of tech socks are plenty for me.

    Six Pairs of boxer Shorts
    Two Pairs regular shorts
    Pair of Khaki Shorts
    Pair of Adidas Pants
    Bathing Suit - 1 pair of running shorts and a pair of light weight zip off leg pants with a built in brief replace all of that for me.

    Hooded Sweatshirt - a thin synthetic kayaking sweater and a real thin cap replace the sweatshirt at about half the bulk and weight. BTW, if by sweatshirt you mean a cotton or cotton blend one, I'd recommend you leave anything cotton home.

    Shoes
    Sandals - Cleated bike shoes for on bike. Crocs or flip flops for a break when off bike.

    Two Towels - one small-ish (about 1/4 the size of a regular bath towel) synthetic camp towel is adequate.

    Toothbrush yep

    Razors - I don't usually shave when on tour, but if after a couple months I decide to shave I can always buy a disposable razor.

    Mirror - I don't bother with one.

    Deoderant
    Toilet Paper
    Trash Bags - yep

    Empty Sack for dirty laundry - 1 Gallon ziploc is usually enough, but if you wind up with a lot of dirty clothes a plastic bag from when you buy groceries will suffice. Usually I keep clothes divided in ziplocs by clean, worn but OK, and dirty.

    Soap
    Shaving Cream
    Shampoo
    Toothpaste
    Dish Liquid
    Small bottle of laundry detergent
    - All of this could conceivably be replaces with a bottle of Dr Bronners. You might carry more than one of these items, but can probably make due with way less than less six all of them.

    Stove
    Gas
    Spatula
    Wooden Spoon
    Fork
    Spoon
    Knife
    Pot
    Pan
    Bowl
    Two small plastic gladware containers
    Two water bottles (for the bike)
    Small Bucket
    - no comments on these

    Laptop - Too much weight to suit me. Consider leaving it home and using an email enabled phone. You can even update an on line journal via email.

    Cellphone and Charger - Batteries die very fast when there is no signal. Consider turning it off when not in use.

    Watch
    Rope
    Clothes Pins
    - yep

    Tarp - I don't bother with one.

    Bungee Cords - two straps to attach tent to rack are enough. I like them better than bungees.

    Tools for bike repair
    Bike Pump
    - yep. Also remember some spare tubes, a few spare parts, and a patch kit.

    My latest stab at a packing list is at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/StaehlingPackingList

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    You might want to include some a light, both for around the camp in the evenings and possibly for riding at night. I would recommend a Princeton Tec EOS headlamp - the bicycling model. I would also suggest at least a modest first aid kit, set up commensurate with your training and knowledge.


    You could simplify your cook kit. For one person, one cook pot (with lid) is plenty, together with a cup and spoon. A windscreen is a good idea to save on fuel consumption and cooking time. Be sure your stove and your cooking pot work well together. Depending upon the weather where you are touring, two water bottles might not be enough.

    Try out your stuff on an overnight before your take off on tour, or at least set up camp in your backyard and cook a couple of meals.

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    You might consider using a "camping soap" that can be used for many uses. I used this stuff while doing some self-supported backpacking and it works well and is super versatile. By using this stuff you will need fewer little bottles/containers. Just a thought.

    We used it as; dish soap, body soap, shampoo, brushing teeth..... I'm sure you could use it to clean your clothes too.

    http://www.rei.com/product/407232

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    Tent
    Sleeping Bag
    Sheet
    Pillow - I second the sleeping pad. Get a core pad and be happy.


    Clothes:

    Rain Gear
    Three T-Shirts - take two tech shirts because they wash and dry very easily.
    Three Bibs - two pair of short will suffice unless you have heavy gas
    Six Pairs of Socks - no more than three pair of tech socks should work.
    Six Pairs of boxer Shorts - three pair. Wear and wash everyday that you have access to a shower.
    Two Pairs regular shorts
    Pair of Khaki Shorts
    Pair of Adidas Pants- For the shorts and pants, why not buy a pair of convertible pants/shorts and be done with one pair only.
    Hooded Sweatshirt - a light weight convertible fleece jacket/vest may work. It is not so bulky and easy to wash and dry.
    Bathing Suit- see note about pants and shorts. Why not use your cycling shorts as swim pants?
    Shoes- a thin pair walking shoes
    Sandals- if on tour during warm days, travel with a pair of cycling sandals that can be used at the beach.
    Two Towels


    Hygene:

    Toothbrush
    Razors
    Shaving Cream
    Mirror
    Deoderant
    Soap - Use a multi-purpose biodegradable detergent for body, hair, cleaning and laundry.
    Shampoo
    Toothpaste
    Toilet Paper - Just grab some from McDonalds or Starbucks.
    Trash Bags - Use the bag given at the supermarket or ask for one at Starbucks.
    Empty Sack for dirty laundry- see above
    Small bottle of laundry detergent- see above regarding soap


    Cooking:

    Stove
    Gas
    Spatula
    Wooden Spoon
    Fork
    Spoon
    Knife
    Pot
    Pan
    Bowl
    Two small plastic gladware containers- reuse the container you may get from a deli. If large enough, you can use one to soak your shorts in during the day.
    Two water bottles (for the bike)
    Small Bucket
    Dish Liquid- see above regarding soap


    Miscellaneous:

    Laptop
    Cellphone and Charger
    Watch
    Rope
    Clothes Pins
    Tarp
    Bungee Cords
    Tools for bike repair
    Bike Pump
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    Hmm. You obviously rate hygiene higher than I do. Or maybe you hate washing. But three bibs, six boxers, three pairs of other shorts, *and* bathers? My mind boggles. Same goes for the shaving cream and mirror.

    Re: sheet, I recommend silk sleeping bag liners. I bought one years ago, quite cheap, it weighs nothing and compresses down tiny. You can use it for extra warmth in a sleeping bag, or by itself if very hot.

    Also, I second the queries about not using a sleeping mat. I gather some people manage this, but I guess you need a lot of faith in the softness of your grass...

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    Much has been said already but I'd consider also pairing down the kitchen; ofcourse I have no idea if you're riding with others and are splitting the duties/carrying etc.


    Spatula
    Wooden Spoon .....Are both of these needed? what will you be cooking? A good long spoon that won't melt could replace both of these depending on whats cookin'.


    Fork
    Spoon ....Often forks are not as useful as spoons. And they can scratch delicate cookware. Chopsticks can be very useful if you have the skill.


    Knife ... You probably have a knife in a multi tool but I wouldn't suggest using it to do kitchen duty unless in a pinch. However a survival lock knife would be quite versatile in this role.


    Pot
    Pan ....It really depends on what kind of cooking you plan on doing and how many you're cooking for. Some sort of lid is essential. I have 2 pots, a taller one and a shorter, the later serves as the lid.


    Bowl... again, what kind of food will you be eating? a cup might be as useful as a bowl and could also serve for drinks. There are also some fold-able bowls that can do double duty as a cutting board.

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    I have started planning for a tour next spring, and have read extensively on whiteblaze.com. People who will have access to none of the conveniences of civilization for several days use quite a bit less than the packing lists I've seen here. Granted there is the mechanical advantage and weight bearing capacity of the bike; and the care and feeding of the bike, but I have trimmed my list substantially after considering the hikers' lists. No specific recommendations other than to mention the hikers' sites.

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    i second the silk sleeping bag/sheet. the bonus is that bugs can't get through it either. lasts forever. a sarong is an alternative cause it's so versatile. cover/sheet/towel/etc and it dries so quickly. i stuff one of those travel pillow cases with clothes. any way you could get an iphone? could be your phone, music, mini computer, clock, alarm, you could also upload an eguide (not sure where you're going and for how long, sorry if this is irrelevant). don't forget the lighter and most importantly the headlamp. i never leave without one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by teobesta View Post
    i second the silk sleeping bag/sheet. the bonus is that bugs can't get through it either. lasts forever.
    That may be reason enough for me to finally spring for one. I have found that bugs can bite through a sheet. Can others confirm that a silk liner is "bite-proof".

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    If you wanted to travel light, these are the unnecessary items in my opinion:

    Quote Originally Posted by undisputed83 View Post
    What do you all think? What would you eliminate if you were me?


    Packing List

    Tent
    Sleeping Bag
    Sheet
    Pillow


    Clothes:

    Rain Gear
    Three T-Shirts
    Three Bibs
    Six Pairs of Socks
    Six Pairs of boxer Shorts
    Two Pairs regular shorts
    Pair of Khaki Shorts
    Pair of Adidas Pants
    Hooded Sweatshirt
    Bathing Suit
    Shoes
    Sandals
    Two Towels


    Hygene:

    Toothbrush
    Razors
    Shaving Cream
    Mirror
    Deoderant
    Soap
    Shampoo
    Toothpaste
    Toilet Paper (assuming North Ameria/Western Europe)
    Trash Bags
    Empty Sack for dirty laundry
    Small bottle of laundry detergent (use one soap for everything aka Dr. Bronner's)


    Cooking:

    Stove
    Gas
    Spatula
    Wooden Spoon

    Fork
    Spoon
    Knife
    Pot
    Pan
    Bowl
    Two small plastic gladware containers
    Two water bottles (for the bike)
    Small Bucket
    Dish Liquid


    Miscellaneous:

    Laptop
    Cellphone and Charger
    Watch
    Rope
    Clothes Pins
    Tarp
    Bungee Cords
    Tools for bike repair
    Bike Pump

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    got bitten a lot in and heard about the silk sheets from other travellers. have i been lucky since or the sheets are helping? don't know but the idea is that since silk is tighter wowen, it's supposed to be more difficult for them to penetrate and also to get traction but you still need to air them in the sun regularly and it doesn't mean they can't find their way around the sac either. no guarantees but still comfy (-:

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    Tent
    Sleeping Bag- get a sleeping pad too.
    Sheet
    Pillow


    Clothes:

    Rain Gear
    Three T-Shirts- are these in place of jerseys, as in you'll wear them on the bike? then sure that sounds fine. If you are taking them in addition to jerseys, maybe two, but I'd lean towards one.
    Three Bibs- I'd probably only go with two, one on me and one in the bag.
    Six Pairs of Socks- 3, one on me, two in the bag. All wool.
    Six Pairs of boxer Shorts- 1, unless you are the type that wears them under your cycling shorts, then two, one to wear, one in the bag.
    Two Pairs regular shorts- I'd only take one pair of shorts, possibly some convertible pants instead.
    Pair of Khaki Shorts- see above
    Pair of Adidas Pants- see above
    Hooded Sweatshirt-I'm not a hoodie person, so I'd get a good wool jersey.
    Bathing Suit- sure
    Shoes-I wouldn't
    Sandals- yes.
    Two Towels- one small, one large. Packtowel or similar.


    Hygene:

    Toothbrush
    Razors
    Shaving Cream- soap.
    Mirror
    Deoderant
    Soap- Yup, Dr. Bronners.
    Shampoo- Soap
    Toothpaste- I've heard you can use Dr. Bronners for this, but I'd take toothpaste.
    Toilet Paper-cheaper than a cycling glove and less likely to cause allergic reactions than leaves. I'd carry it.
    Trash Bags- bags from the grocery/drugstore/fastfood...
    Empty Sack for dirty laundry- see above, though if you keep up with your clothes, you shouldn't need it. Wash what you wear at the end of each day, and if the clothes are well chosen they'll be mostly or completely dry by morning.
    Small bottle of laundry detergent- Soap. Though if you must, Magellens sells Woolite in foil pouches


    Cooking:

    Stove- Trangia
    Gas- Alcohol
    Spatula-
    Wooden Spoon- Spork
    Fork-Spork
    Spoon- See above
    Knife-
    Pot- Trangia
    Pan- Trangia
    Bowl- Trangia
    Two small plastic gladware containers
    Two water bottles (for the bike)
    Small Bucket. collapsible basin
    Dish Liquid- soap


    Miscellaneous:

    Laptop- I wouldn't consider a very small Netbook out of the question, but most everything I would want to do on the road can be done with a Smartphone.
    Cellphone and Charger
    Watch- Cycling computer/Cellphone
    Rope
    Clothes Pins- I use Magellens Flexo-Line.
    Tarp
    Bungee Cords
    Tools for bike repair- also spare brake and shift cables, chain master link.
    Bike Pump

    I'd add a camera to the list.
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