Category: Packing lists

Gathering Gear

Picturing the destination, half remembered images seen or interpolated from descriptions in books read while comfortable on a couch long before ever imagining I’d visit there. Reading a few other people’s packing lists and past […]

Lightweight touring packing list

The LBS recently put me in contact with someone who has done a few bike tours but who “wants to travel light without being pathological about it.” The person was hoping for my comments more than just a gear list, and was also curious about the specific items for reference. It sounded like a reasonable goal to me, so I put together a list of the things I bring on a tour when I’m not trying to be ultrathisorthat. There are a thousand of excellent ones of these on-line, and I don’t imagine that mine is particularly innovative or special. Something like this inventory has served me well, though, for tours lasting from mere days to months and months. It usually comes in under 25 lbs., counting panniers but not including the minimal kit worn while actually pedaling.

Gear for Alaska summer touring

(1) Tent  (2) Tent poles  (3) Riding/hiking shoes  (4) Patagonia Nano puff pullover  (5) Patagonia shell  (6) Gore-tex shorts  (7) OR rain hat  (8) Rain booties  (9) Sleeping bag  (10) Utility cord  (11) Stainless steel bottle  (12) Howie’s merino ss shirt  (13) Icebreaker merino ls shirt  (14) Smartwool cycling shorts  (15) Nzo Dobies cycling shorts (16) Two pairs merino underwear  (17) Prana travel pants  (18) Sandals  (19) Pump/duct tape/spare spokes  (20) Pot  (21) MSR Superfly stove  (22) Coffee filter  (23) Soap  (24) Plastic mug  (25) Knife  (26) Mosquito head net  (27) Headlamp  (28) Camera battery charger  (29) Panasonic Lumix camera  (30) Earbuds/recharge cord  (31) iPhone  (32) Leg warmers  (33) Wool cycling cap  (34) Gloves  (35) Sunglasses  (36) Watch  (37) First aid kit  (38) Mini deck of cards  (39) Spare tube  (40) Compass  (41) Water purification tabs  (42) Spork  (43) Steripen  (44) Big Agnes Clear View air pad  (45) Waterproof matches  (46) Pen and paper  (47) Book  (48) Photocopied maps  (49) Garmin 705 GPS  (50) Two pairs Smartwool socks  (51) Travel towel  (52) Toiletries  (53) Blinkie  (54) Cable lock  (55) Tools.

In Anchorage add: bear spray, DEET, fuel cartridge, food.

24lbs./10.9kg, including rear panniers.