We decided that, upon our next trip, this is our comprehensive packing list:
for a longer trip, we propose to have a bike that could support a 1. front rack 2. fenders 3. tires with more traction
tools:leatherman multi-toolbike multi-tool
extra brake and gear cablesextra spokesbike grease (in film canister)2 co2 cartridge (for flats)2 tire levers + patch kit2 bike tubesmini-bike pump (hard to find a good one!)2 carrabiners5 short bungeesnet bungeezip tiesziploc bags, small and large2 insulated (cool) water bottles
bike lightsheadlampfluorescent vestmaphelmet bike lock and keyextra compression sac2 extra tires
*extra bike nuts/bolts kit
sleep:tent- REI halfdomesleeping bag in compression sacksleeping pad
small ground tarp
little notebookipod + headphonesphonechargers
sewing kit first-aid kit whistle hair ties ear plugs
pillow case (to stuff clothes into to make a pillow)
*map holder for front of bike?
food-related:stove2 extra gas canisters
cooking potbowlcupall-in-one knife, spoon, forkcutting knifesponge and dr. bronner’sdehydrated soups, oatmeal, couscous, energy bars, emergen-c and electrolyte mixes, starbucks instant coffee, tea bags, hot cocoa!
1 scarf 1 beanie hat
clothes:2 bike shorts2 bike shirts1 bike gloves1 bike cleats1 regular shoes/sandals2 quick-dry socks1 wool socks1 fleece jacket2 sports bras4 underwear1 spandex pants/shirt1 tank top1 rain jacket1 bathing suit2 sweat rags2 sweat headbands
toiletries:travel towel*baby wipes
toothbrushtoothpasteflossshampoosoapsunscreen*ibuprofentoilet paperkeeperchapstick SPF 30
Zoe and I heard this piece on NPR as we drove to Natchez way back when. I appreciated Robert Penn’s historical outlining of cycling [in America] and it influence on women’s liberation. Ride on!
Last night I read this passage from the prologue in John steinbeck’s book, “Travels with Charley.”
Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us."