Bike Tour 2022 – Packing List

Based on my 2017 tour, I pulled together a packing list. Items in italics are likely to be dropped. Most of this stuff is small. I can’t help but laugh that the medication list keeps growing.


  • Iphone
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Power pack
  • Chargers/cables for all lights, camera and phone


  • Sandals
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Rain boots
  • Shirts (2 synthetic, 2 cotton) 
  • Bike shorts (2) and shell
  • Off-bike shorts and belt
  • Synthetic underpants (2)
  • Sunsleeves
  • Swim trunks
  • Bike shoes
  • Floppy hat
  • Headsweat
  • Buff
  • Bandana (2)
  • Socks (3 pair)

Personal Items

  • Unnscented castille soap
  • Bath towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Backup prescription glasses
  • Folding cane or trekking pole


  • Maps
  • Plastic utensils
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Metal kitchen knife
  • Duct tape
  • Zip ties (2)
  • Bungies (2)
  • Cord for hanging this
  • Cargo net
  • Clothes pins (2)
  • Chain break
  • Spare link
  • Wire for holding chain
  • Multitool
  • Fiber Fix spokes (2)
  • Spare tubes (3)
  • Patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Pump
  • $1 bills for tire boot
  • Spare tire
  • Lube
  • Chain cleaner
  • Rag
  • Lock (Ottolock)
  • Water bladder

Camping Gear

  • Ultralight tent
  • Ground sheet
  • Lightweight sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Inflatable camp pillow
  • Sleeping pad
  • Dry bag
  • Water filter


  • Brio
  • Latanoprost
  • Ibuprofen (and PM)
  • Gabapentin
  • Albuterol
  • 24-hour antihistamine
  • 81mg aspirin
  • Beano

It all has to fit into four panniers (two small in front, two large in back), a handlebar bag, and in a drybag on top of the rear rack. Heavy stuff goes up front. Things I need to access while riding go up front and in my handlebar bag. Clothes, camping gear, anything not needed for the day’s ride go in back.

Some of these things are consumables. Speaking of consumables, I’ll be bringing food along the way. Peanut butter (or refried beans) on tortillas is compact and light. I also eat a lot of apples, partly because motel breakfast bars have them. I’ll bring a couple of energy bars for emergencies.

I think I have all these things except for the Swiss Army knife and the power pack. I’ve used a very small power pack in the past but I can get one with near 5 times the capacity for less than $30. Might as well.

4 thoughts on “Bike Tour 2022 – Packing List

  1. Wow! Please share a photo when you get it all on your bike. Will you be blogging along the way? Are you staying in motels some nights and camping others?

    1. I’ll be blogging as usual, cell connections permitting. Eventually, I’ll convert the blog posts to a journal on

      The plan is to camp and motel. Maybe a few stays at Warmshowers hosts.

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