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Bicycle touring pack list

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Once, we started a world trip by bicycle without any experience. We bought second-hand bicycles, second-hand panniers, a tent and left on an indefinite journey. We soon learned to pack our bags and sent home unnecessary items. Three years later we can pack our panniers with our eyes closed. We do not lose anything, because if there is a gap, we know what is missing. Over the years we have changed a number of things, but the bikes and the bags are still the same as when we left Amsterdam. Our bicycles weigh around 16 kilograms, but including the bicycle panniers and all our gear, we have about 45 kilograms.

Every world cyclist we encountered has its own pack list with its own favourites. The packing list below works for us, but can be completely different for another cyclist. We have a lot of camera equipment with us because we love photography. Other cyclists carry a guitar, others have more repair equipment or opt for comfortable camping seats. For example, we only provide basic material to make quick repairs en route. For example, we can replace brake cables, repair tires and replace a spoke if necessary. But we do not have the right tools for problems with the bracket or the wheel bearings.
Our bicycle touring pack list is more extensive than our pack list for a hiking trip . You can take more with you on the bike and you also need more, such as spare tires and a helmet. On our world trip by bicycle we are prepared for a warm and cold climates, so we have both summer and winter clothing in our bags. In addition, we carry a laptop and a hard disk in our bicycle bags, have more camera gear, a bigger tent and we have empty backpacks on the back so that we can go hiking. If you go on a shorter cycling trip, you can better tailor the packing list to the climate.


  • Giant Trooper
  • Ortlieb bicycle panniers
  • Agu front panniers with dry bags for waterproof (Zoë's bike)
  • Agu handlebar bag
  • Deuter Air Trek 60+10 (empty)
  • Lowe Alpine Manaslu 60 (empty)
  • Decathlon B’twin helmet
  • Retulp bio bidon
  • Allen key
  • Decathlon bidon with repair gear
  • Tie-wraps, duck tape, bolts
  • Schwalbe Marathon Mondial spare tire
  • 6 x Schwalbe 28’' inner tubes
  • Patch set
  • Spare break cable and gear cables
  • Reserve braking pads
  • Chain lubricant en WD40
  • Chain tool
  • Derailleur tool
  • Spare spokes, nipples en spoke spanner


  • MSR Whisperlite fuel stove
  • BoCamp cooking gear
  • Care-Plus Water filter
  • Cooking: spatula, 2 forks, 2 spoons, 1 knife, can opener
  • Spices: peper, salt, Italian spices, broth cubes
  • Swiss knife
  • Decathlon 750 ml water bottle
  • Nalgene 1 liter water bottle
  • Foam seating pad
  • 20 meter rope (bear cable)
  • Ortlieb 4 liter water bag
  • LightMyFire fire stick
  • Lighter
  • Whipe



  • Kobo Glo HD e-reader
  • Nikon D3300 camera, charger and 3 batteries
  • 18-110mm Nikon lens
  • 50mm Nikon lens
  • YouPro camera timer
  • Aluminium camera tripod
  • XStorm 15.000 mAh power bank
  • Travel power plug
  • Garmin Instinct sport watch
  • Iphone 6
  • Fairphone 2
  • GoPro including 2 batteries
  • Mavic Air drone including controller and chargers
  • JBL Clip 2 mini speaker
  • Sigma Rox 12.0 cycling gps
  • Macbook Pro
  • WD Elements hard drive
  • Philips razor machine
  • Braun epilator
  • WakaWaka Power Plus solar charger
  • Vartra head lamp




  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Body lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Mini deo
  • Blokje alum
  • Ear plugs
  • Sun-cream
  • DEET
  • Tampons
  • Panty liners
  • Vaseline
  • Soap
  • Razor blade
  • Nail scissor
  • Sewing set
  • EHBO set
  • Rubytec Microfiber towel medium




    Your lists are incredibly helpful!!!!!
    Thank you

  2. Matthew Sugden says:

    Thank you very much. Your website is great and I appreciate the time you have put into it.
    I can’t wait to get going on my tour.

  3. Richard Gibson says:

    Hi Folks love yr packing list , n funnily iv been looking at those ” faljraven ” trousers , they look gooood ….one thing u dont mention tho in yr kit list – The Trowel ?!!!
    Happy journeys ,
    Ric n Jo….

    • WeLeaf says:

      Hi Richard! Thanks for the feedback :).The Fjallraven trousers are great. We use them four years in a row right now and they are still good :). What do you mean with the ‘trowel’?

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