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The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

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May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Australia
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

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Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle touring lights

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping


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The Equipment and Packing List

 Below is a packing list from in my second book about traveling through South America.  I have reviewed the list a few hundred times. I'm sure I've left something out but I'm not sure what.

I realize it is a long list. I'm on a multi-year tour  so there are a few extras to make life more comfortable.  A lot of the electronic gear is necessary to create the website, write and publish books, and mix video on the road.  It is a bit of a load to travel with but not much when considering it is practically everything I own.

I have been on the road for many years and have traveled through different climates, over various terrain and in both the developed and developing world.  I don't always carry everything on the list at the same time and try to note these distinctions where they apply. I hope this packing list provides you with ideas for your next bicycle tour.


BICYCLE - Custom made touring bike with 26-inch wheels, front and rear racks, bike computer, water bottles and cages, tail lights, kickstand, touring specific saddle and clipless pedals.


Tim and his loaded bike (packed light for Southeast Asia).


PANNIERS (bike saddlebags) My bike has front and rear waterproof panniers, seat bag, handlebar bag, and pannier repair kit. I use adjustable bungee cords to hold the tent, sleeping bags, and pads on top of the rear rack. After South America, I added a clip-on shoulder strap attachment to convert a pannier into daypack for off-bike hikes and shopping.


CAMPING
- tent, stakes, ground cloth and repair kit
- light-weight tarp (used in wet climates to cover the bikes when camping)
- sleeping bag and waterproof dry bag stuff sacks
- sleeping pad (also folds into camp chair attachment)


camping with the kangaroos


WATER PURIFICATION AND STORAGE
- 10-liter (2.6 gallon) water storage bag that converts to a solar shower with shower head attachment. see Collapsible Water Bags here
-3 bicycle water bottles (extra disposable 1.5 liter water bottles for long dry stretches)
- 0.25 micron ceramic water filter and repair kit
- iodine tablets see Potable Aqua Iodine Tablets here


water filter and hand pump


KITCHEN
- 3 cooking pots and 1 coffee cups .
- utensils: two sporks
- pot scrubber
- liquid dish soap


all the pans pack into the biggest one


STOVE
- gasoline burning camp stove
- wind screen
- lighter
- repair kit
- fuel bottle (size changes depending on the frequency of gas stations and how much I use the stove).

 
stove and small fuel bottle

(Items below are also carried for frequent camping/cooking)

- small knife
- thin plastic flexible cutting board
- can opener, army style
- spices – salt, pepper, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, and more
- olive oil – kept in a sealed plastic container
- re-sealable bags
- dish drying cloth


FOOD - I always have at least two meals with me. In remote areas, I carry up to two weeks' supply of food staples.
- coffee
- sweetener
- powdered milk
- peanut butter (when I can find it)
- bread or tortillas
- oatmeal
- pasta and sauce
- rice
- vegetables from the market or dried vegetables
- instant noodles
- canned meat
- powdered soup


ELECTRONICS
- laptop computer and power cord
- network cable and coupler
- USB thumb drive (I use my mp3 player)
- MP3 player
- external amplified speakers
- headphones
- shortwave radio (phased out for an MP3 player with music and podcasts


MP3 player strapped to the amplified speakers in handlebar bag.


CAMERA
- video/still camera
- additional high capacity battery
- connector cables
- power cord for charging
- lens cleaning kit
- zoom  lens, wide angle lens, polarized lens
- UV filter
- mini-tripod
- flash memory stick


POWER AND ELECTRICITY
- AA rechargeable batteries (number depends on the availability of electricity)
- AA battery charger and cord
- extension cord with three way splitter (US plugs)
- international plug adaptors
- light socket adaptor (T)


The "T"  light socket adaptor makes an electrical outlet from a light bulb.


OTHER ELECTRONICS
- flashlight/headlamp
- altimeter/compass watch (someday I will change to a GPS.


HEALTH
- lip balm
- sunscreen
- insect repellant and mosquito coils
- multivitamins
- earplugs
- eye mask (blindfold) for sleeping


 FIRST AID KIT
- international health and first aid manual
- adhesive bandages, various sizes
- elastic-wrap bandage
- gauge, pads and roll,
- antiseptic wipe
- safety pins
- medical tape
- scissors
- tweezers
- antibacterial cream
- burn/first aid cream
- antifungal cream
- eye drop antibiotic
- aspirin/ibuprofen (which ever is available)
- antihistamine
- Moleskin
- antacid tablets
- Doxycycline (Malaria)
- Antibiotic Metronidazole (Amoebiasis and Giardiasis)
- Antibiotic Ciprofloxacin (bacillary dysentery, shigellosis)
- Antibiotic Amoxycillin (broad spectrum for general use such as infected cuts)
- Mebendazole (worming)
- Thermometer


 TOILETRY/SHOWER BAG
- toilet paper
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- quick drying towel
- brush/comb
- shampoo and conditioner
- bar soap
- razor
- fingernail clippers
- small mirror
- wet wipes


 CYCLING CLOTHING
- 2 pairs cycling shorts
- 1 – 2 short sleeve jerseys
- 1 wool long sleeve jerseys with rear pockets (for cold climates)
- 1 pair cycling tights
- 1 pair cycling gloves
- helmet
- sunglasses
- bandana


 OFF BIKE CLOTHING
- 2 short sleeve shirts
- 2 pairs convertible shorts/pants
- 4 pairs lightweight wool socks
- swimsuit
- sun hat
- underwear
- laundry bags used to separate clothing in panniers


 COLD WEATHER GEAR
- fleece jacket
- long underwear top
- long underwear bottom
- mid-layer/wool long-sleeved top
- cold weather hat
- long fingered gloves


 RAIN GEAR
- wind/rain jacket
- waterproof socks
- waterproof  helmet cover


 SHOES
- bike shoes
- walking shoes
- sandals


 DOCUMENTS and MONEY
- money belt
- credit card
- ATM debit card
- travelers checks – I don’t use these as often anymore and am phasing them out.
- local currency
- maps
- travel/guide books
- passport
- tourist visas and travel permits when applicable
- copies of important documents (stashed in a separate area)
- vaccination records (can be important at some borders)
- driver’s license
- small notepad and pens


 SECURITY
- combination padlock for hostel lockers
- combination cable locks for bikes
- emergency stash of US currency


 TOOLS
- patch kit
- tire levers
- tire pump
- tire pressure gauge
- chain tool
- allen key set
- cassette cracker (remover)
- chain ring bolt wrench
- cone wrench if not using sealed cartridge hubs
- chain lube/rag
- spoke wrench
- 8 and 10 mm wrenches
- pedal - 32 mm headset wrench if not using threadless system
- crank puller/bottom bracket tool
- multi tool/knife - (blade, pliers, screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, file, etc.)


more than the bare minimum tool set


SPARE PARTS AND REPAIR KITS
- one folding spare tire Shop for Schwalbe Tires Here
- spare tubes, (number depends on the continent)
- shift/brake cables and housing
- spare brake pads
- spare spokes
- bike grease
- frame bolts
- short chain replacement section with extra joining links
- electrical. tape
- zip ties


small folding emergency tire


 OTHER
- laundry cord and detergent
- mini binoculars
- recreational reading books
- English/local language dictionary
- sewing repair kit
- Guide book
- reading glasses


Spotting black swans with mini binoculars

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Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship Here)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours
Bicycle Touring Saddles
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts
Helmet
Bike Shoes

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle Touring Lighting Systems
Solar Power for Camp

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping


Bicycle Touring
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