Long Asia Tour Packing List

This is the packing list that I used for an ’07-’08 cycle expedition tour in Asia (Pakistan/India/China/Tibet/Nepal).  As I look it over now, it seems intolerably, unthinkably bloated. In my defense, I was doing a number of diverse things in addition to touring, including two stage races, one one-day race, several academic lectures, and research at Tibetan monasteries. But what on Earth did I need three pairs of underwear and two t-shirts for?

OFF-BIKE CLOTHING

Long-sleeved merino wool shirt
Presentable sweater
Long pants
Cotton polo shirt
2 merino wool t-shirts
3 pairs of merino wool underwear
2 pairs of wool socks
Walking shoes
Sandals
Wool beanie

RIDING CLOTHING

2 racing kits/Arm warmers
cycling shoes
2 pairs cycling socks
gore-tex booties
Rain shell
2 mountain bike shorts (baggies)
Leg warmers
Gloves
Cap
Helmet
Sunglasses
Softshell jacket
Softshell pants

CYCLING GEAR

Bicycle (2001 Santa Cruz Superlight)
Trailer (Extrawheel)
Hydration pack
Pump
Small tools + repair kit
Chain lube
3 tubes
Rear blinker
Race tires (to switch out with the touring tires)

TOILETRIES

Packable towel
Shampoo
Soap
Deodorant
Toothbrush + paste
Contact lenses
Lip balm
Shaving kit

GEAR

Sleep sack
Headlamp
Portable music
Camera + mini-tripod
Pocket knife
Tent
Stove
Fuel Bottle
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad, short
1 small pot/lid
Plastic bowl
Chopsticks
Coffee press/mug

MISCELLANEOUS

Mosquito repellent
Notebook
Guidebook pages
Small lock and cable
1st aid kit (tiny)
Water treatment tabs
Zipper lock
Photocopies of all documents
Ancient Psion 5 palmtop computer