You can imagine that deciding what to pack for an extended bicycle tour is critical to its success. I had lots of assistance from the net and from Adventure Cycling.
After I started on my trip, I came up with 2 basic rules of packing, both of which I broke.
I saved a few packing lists from people on the net:
- First, get some reasonable-sized panniers. If you can't fit everything in your panniers, it does NOT mean your panniers are too small. You have too much stuff.
- Second, look at everything you want to take, and ask yourself "How could I do without this?" If you have an answer, leave it behind.