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Packing 202 - revised list

  1. :smug: GeorgeOGeorgeO , (& Fr33dmFr33dm ) you asked what items I would change/add/delete after riding for long trips....

    After 10,000kms, 3 large trips and 6 weeks living only from the stuff my 3 bike bags can carry, this is what I've come up with (traveling for a cold/er climate):

    * SWAP: I would swap the x2 long sleeve shirts for plain colored/sporty thermals. Good quality, nice designed thermals are a bit more expensive BUT can be used as everyday long sleeve shirts or extra pajama layers in really cold places or if the accom you're at doesn't have heating or enough bedding!!(y)

    * ADD:
    I would add x1-2 more socks to the list. Simply because Tshirts, pants etc can get away with wearing 2-3 days. But socks and underwear for that long just feels...crusty :hungover::censored: Bonus points for getting the quick dry material for undies.

    * DELETE:
    take only 1 set of pocket knife Multi tool. I ended up finding I packet 2. Why? Beats me!

    *DELETE: leave the hairdryer behind. Some trips I wish I had it; others I didn't end up needing it. (I don't think you'd particularly have a problem with this item)! Lol

    • SWAP:
    sunscreen- I'm lucky- I don't burn. So I would leave it behind and take only those travel sunscreen sachets just in case or swap it for good moisturizer. ... Windburn and dry skin prob from dehydration is more prevalent than sunburnt nose.

    * ADD: pre-portioned/pre-pack portions of powdered washing powder for a small load (low suds & enviro friendly) in zip lock bags.
    This saves you having to buy a large box of it along the trip or pay premium $ for a tiny portion of crappy quality powder at the laundromat. I'm cheap but also want my clothes softness! Lol :sneaky: if you're desperate - body wash has done the job ok...

    *DELETE: I would leave the head torch behind -
    You have one generally on your phone, so unless you are planing camping or caving... Less weight.

    *ADD: kitchen gloves (or if you don't like the bright colors, go into a cop shop and ask nicely if they'll give you a set of their sampling gloves). Why? When it's raining that hard, that even if your waterproof gloves don't work, I slipped these gloves on and it worked :) The reason why I like the police gloves is that they don't look like you're going to wash dishes, they're dark in color, are thin enough to feel through but much tougher than latex :hungry::whistle:

    •ADD - dental floss. Nuff said.

    * REPLACE - I would replace a water bottle with a flip top with a screw top. After dropping the bottle the flip top broke - a screw top will be harder to kill.

    Of course my 2 golden
    rules when packing were and has now have been reinforced:

    You will always:
    1) forget something
    2) remember to bring stuff you didn't need to bring.

    Hope it helps! :pompous::LOL:

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