Kit List

Here is what I’m taking with me, I’ve only included the items that I think are relevant.  I put a little bit of research into the products that I have chosen, getting advice from my local bike shops, blogs and various websites.  If you would like any information on any of the equipment I have mentioned then please leave a comment or send me a message.  I don’t think it will be very fair for me to review the the products as I have chosen them because I believe they are good.

Bicycle

Cinelli Hobo Bootleg
Brooks B15 saddle

Bags

Ortlieb front roller plus x2
Ortlieb back roller plus x2
Ortlieb handlebar bag
Ortlieb Saddle Bag

Camping

Therma-a-Rest Prolite Mattress
Mammut Ajungilak Air Pillow
Sea to Summit Thermolite sleeping bag liner
Lamina 35 sleeping bag
Force 10 Helium 2 tent
MSR WhisperLite stove
Saucepan
Camping Mug
Spork and Knife

Health

Basic medicine
Basic first aid kit
Sun cream
Butt Shield
Rehydration salts

Clothing

Two sets for cycling
Some stuff for evening
Thermals for keeping warm
Tweed Hat
Xero Shoes

Electronics

Motorola G
Nokia brick (best battery life)
SPOT tracker
Kindle Paperwhite
Fujifilm XF1 with Braun table tripod flex
Cateye Padrone

Maps and Navigation

Compass and maps for Europe

Maps.Me app

6 thoughts on “Kit List”

  1. Shayl, as I start to bring together kit for my journey, any thoughts on what you wished you had taken?. Also interested in nav equipment. I was going to invest in a Garmin, looks like you have gone maps all the way?. Any feedback most welcome Mark

    1. Hi Mark, the only thing I would definitely change is to have a free standing tent, mine is light, but needs to be anchored to the ground for structure, which was frustrating only thing I would definitely change is to have a free standing tent, mine is light, but needs to be anchored to the ground for structure, which was frustrating in places with very hard ground or very soft ground. I would also have taken a tarp, very useful in many situations. I don’t have much technology with me, but a dynamo hub, or solar charger can be useful if you’re planning on lots of chargeable things. Navigation in most countries is quite easy using maps.me, a free offline map app. But I love having an overall picture with a paper map. I haven’t met many tourers using a Garmin (met around 250, one had a Garmin that I can remember). Initially I was trying to save weight, but comfort is more important on long tours in my opinion, a good sleeping mat, sleeping bag make a huge difference. Also merino is really amazing at reducing smells and great despite being expensive. trating in places with very hard ground or very soft ground. I would also have taken a tarp, very useful in many situations. I don’t have much technology with me, but a dynamo hub, or solar charger can be useful if you’re planning on lots of chargeable things. Navigation in most countries is quite easy using maps.me, a free offline map app. But I love having an overall picture with a paper map. I haven’t met many tourers using a Garmin (met around 250, one had a Garmin that I can remember). Initially I was trying to save weight, but comfort is more important on long tours in my opinion, a good sleeping mat, sleeping bag make a huge difference. Also merino is really amazing at reducing smells and great despite being expensive. Where are you cycling, that can also change what I would advise.

      1. Hi Shayl, that’s great feedback, thanks. I will be reading your blogs with interest. Any thoughts on the Spot, worthwhile ? Stay safe and peddle strong Mark

        1. I think the spot is great, I’ve been in places where there was no phone network or electricity and wanted to just let people know I’m okay. I have also linked it to Facebook and Twitter with a message for people to see where I am and to let them know that I’m raising money for ageuk and how they can donate. I don’t think it’s really a necessary item and perhaps a little over the top for safety, unless you’re planning to travel solo to some very remote places. It’s also pretty expensive. I went for it because my parents wanted me to.

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