I started my list from other lists, here are a few that I referenced to start mine.
So first thing is, I haul a Burley Nomad Trailer. A lot of discussion on other sites about which is better: panniers or a trailer. I will leave that discuss to others, trailer is just my preference
Fenders and handlebar bag are a must.
- I use a REI half Dome 2 tent. I like the large tent so that I can store my belongings inside out of the weather.
- Sleeping bag liner - it keeps the sleeping bag cleaner longer, keeps me warmer on cold nights and I can use the liner alone on hot nights.
- Flashlight to see at night outside the tent
- Battery tent lantern for light in the tent, I hang it from the top of the tent
- Seat cover - I use my helmet cover to keep the dew of the seat overnight
ClothingTake what you need for the time that you will be gone. Take into account the expected and unexpected weather. Also consider if you will be washing your clothing while touring. Washing will cut down on the amount of clothes you need to take.
ElectronicsTaking any type of electronics is all a personal choice.
- I like to take my Garmin GPS for routing and tracking.
- Ebook or tablet for reading and posting to the blog if I can find WiFi.
- Cell phone for emergencies.
- Solar Panel and extension cord so that I can keep everything powered up.
- Camera of course.
Food/CookingMost of the places you find to camp will likely not be close to where you can get something to eat. I take coffee and oatmeal for making my breakfast. I get lunch and dinner on the road, I just stop and get what I feel like at the time. Sometimes it is a restaurant, a deli sandwich, pizza or whatever is available. I use a JetBoil stove, one cup/glass, one plate and utensils is all you really need.
- Chamois cream or similar if you have a need for this.
- Personal hygiene items, cyclists all know you need to wash up after a days ride
- Sunscreen and insect repellant are two items you do not want to forget.
- Small first aid kit, just in case. If you don't take one, you will need it.
- Laundry detergent if you plan to wash in camp, or save money at the Laundromat
- Dog spray, pepper spray, knife or whatever 'weapon' will make you feel safe
- Tools and parts so that you can do your own repairs on the road. You don't want to end up walking for miles to find a bike shop.
- I take two locks. If you get to camp and decide that you need to go to the closest town to get something. You can lock up your trailer and leave it at camp and still be able to lock up your bike at the store.
- Road ID and water bottles are also on my must take list
NotesI pack my clothing, electronics and anything I want to keep dry in Sea to Summit Dry Bags. Most other items I will put into stuff sacks grouping similar items. This makes packing, unpacking and finding what you need a lot easier.