Here’s a list of everything we took for 19 months on the road:


– tent: Terra Nova tunnel tent first (good length inside & lightweight) then North Face Rock 32 (extra headroom & freestanding ability, but heavier)
– stove (MSR Whisperlite International)
– fuel bottle (MSR)
– cooking pans (MSR 2 person set)
– water bag for deserts etc (Ortlieb)
– sleeping bag (we used Marmot down bags for winter and cheap synthetic bags for summer)
– camping mat (Thermarest)
silk sleeping bag liner (great for keeping your sleeping bag clean when wild camping without a shower)
– headtorch & earplugs


– VSF Fahrrad Manufaktur T400 (see this post for more details)
Brooks saddle
Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres (26 x 1.75)
– panniers (Ortlieb back & front rollers, bar bag & rack pack – superb, would definitely use again)
– racks (Tubus front & rear – excellent)
– spare tyre (folding)
– lock (combination, so we couldn’t loose the key)
– pump (Topeak – big but easy to get correct pressure and brilliant having the gauge)
– spare spokes / spoke tool / travel cassette remover
– multi tool & Leatherman
– puncture repair kit / tyre levers / spare tubes
– chain lube / toothbrush
– duct tape / zip ties


– completely different depending on climate, so I won’t list everything out
– we generally had one set of clothes for cycling, and a clean set of clothes for off the bike, plus a few extra bits
– Rebecca usually used cycling shorts but I wore normal boxer shorts and surf-style shorts
– footwear was walking boots or sandals (neither with cycling cleats for easy walking)


– two cameras (Canon 350D for Ryan (newer model now available) & Panasonic Lumix for Rebecca (newer model now available)
– video camera
– spare memory cards & batteries for various cameras
– 11″ netbook laptop (good value, makes it easier to edit photos & write blogs etc)
– iPod Touch & earphones (excellent – could be used instead of laptop for email / Skype / internet)
– UK phone and SIM card (used rarely – we usually waited to use Skype & emails to contact people)
– chargers and USB plug


– passport / travel insurance docs / photocopies of important docs etc
– money belt & day wallet
– maps / compass
diary & pen
– books & playing cards (we wished we had a Kindle – it’s hard to find English books in Central Asia etc)
– basic First Aid kit & water purification tablets (chlorine)
mosquito repellent & bite cream
– photos of family (great ice breaker)
– toilet paper!

For a few more details about some of the more important bits of kit, you can check out the mini reviews we wrote here.

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