Packing suggestion for multi-day self-supported cycling trip

11 October 2010   |   by Ajay Jaiman   |    cyclingadventures

After I came back from my recent self-supported Manali to Leh cycling trip many people wanted to know what I carried on the trip. So here is a list based on what we carried. There were two of us, and we figured that some of the items could easily be shared, so we did not carry two of every thing (I think there are some exceptions to this, but I guess that advice could be another post). The list has four main sections:

  1. Bike and bike related gear
  2. Clothes
  3. Camping & Cooking gear
  4. Toiletries & Miscellaneous items

I also carried a comprehensive first-aid kit, but I am not going to list the items here because I tend to carry too much – perhaps because I am trained to be a wilderness first responder.

Bicycle Items    
  On the bike  
  Water bottles 2
  Frame pump 1
  Mirror 1
  Cycle GPS 1
  Solar charger for GPS 1
  Seat bag 1
  Headlight w/batteries 1
  Tail light w/batteries 1
  Rear rack (Btwin) 1
  Rear panniers (Ortlieb) 1
  Bungee cords to hold extra stuff 2
  Front rack ( Old Man Mountain) 1
  Front panniers 1
  Helmet 1
  Sunglasses - interchangeable glasses 1
  Cycle tools  
  Cycle multi-tool  
  Swiss army knife  
  Spoke key  
  Chain breaker  
  Cleaning cloth  
  Tool pouch  
  Cable ties  
  Puncture kit:  
  Patches 20
  Sand paper 1
  Glue 1
  Lever 2
  Tyre repair patch 2
  Cycle spare kit:  
  Break Shoes 1
  Tube 2
  Brake cable 2
  Gear cable 2
  Spokes 5
  Cycling Clothes  
  Cycling shorts 2
  Cycling jersey 2
  Base layer: polyester microfiber 2
  Cycling gloves - Short fingers 1
  Cycling gloves - Full finger 1
  Other clothes  
  Underwear 4
  Polo shirt 2
  Night clothes 1
  Cycling shoes 1
  Light Sandals 1
  Socks 5
  Cold Gear:  
  Down jacket 1
  Thermal socks 1
  Acrylic sweat shirt 1
  Warm gloves 1
  Long cycling pants 2
  Skull cap/under helmet/balaclava 1
  Trouser/shell Pant 1
  Thermal inners 1
  Rain Gear:  
  Cycling Rain jacket 1
  Shell pant 1
Camping & cooking Gear:    
  Camping Gear:  
  Tent + bag 1
  Sleeping bag 1
  Waterproof stuff sack 1
  Foam pad 1
  Plastic garbage bags 5
  Toilet paper 1
  Net bag for laundry 1
  Clothes detergent 1
  Head lamp 1
  Cooking Gear:  
  MSR Stove + bottle 1
  Match box + lighter 1
  Pot + pan + common cover 1
  Plastic TV dinner plates 2
  Plastic knife/fork/spoon 2
  Rag/cleaning cloth 1
  Thin plastic glove for handling fuel 1
  Tea kit:  
  Tea bags 50
  Sugar cubes 100
  Milk powder  
  Plastic cup 1
  Food items:  
  Precooked Biryani/Pulao 5
  Oral Rehydration Solution 10
  Energy Bars 20
  Dryfruit mix: Almonds + Cashews + Raisins  
  Biscuits 4
  Chana 2
  Khankhara 1
  Maggi can be bought on the way  
Other Items    
  Toilet kit:  
  Carrying pouch 1
  Tooth brush 1
  Toothpaste 1
  Liquid soap (small dispenser) 11
  Shampoo Pouch 3
  Hand sanitizer (small dispenser) 1
  Sun screen (moved to items we should have carried) 1
  Chap stick 1
  Insect repellent 1
  Wallet/credit cards/driver’s license/Identity  
  Journal/notebook 1
  Pen 1
  Wristwatch 1
  Ziploc bags 1
  Camera + batteries 1
  Small towel 1

Items we did not take and wish we had: (will take next time)
Duck tape
Rubber bands
Chain Degreaser tool
Bicycle chain maintenance kit - old toothbrush, degreaser, large rag
Plastic clothes pins (6)
Dromedary Bag or extra water bottles
Rain cover for shoes OR Plastic bags for shoe covers

Items that are likely to be on many lists but we did not take and did not miss:
Sewing kit
Shaving kit
Book to read
Sun hat
Poncho (required only if you do not have a good cycling Rain jacket)
Windbreaker (required in you do not have a good cycling rain jacket)
Sweat shirt

Items that were on our original list but we did not carry and did not need. :
Spare Tire

Items that broke down or malfunctioned:
Solar charger malfunctioned and I could not recharge my Garmin (has a very poor battery that performs even worse in the high-altitude cold environment)
Garmin GPS clip that attaches the GPS to the handle mount
Cateye headlight (On two occasions we rode in pitch darkness. Sorely missed a good light)
One rear spoke – probably because of all the weight on the rear panniers
Heart monitor - ran out of battery