Lois on the Loose

The Kit

Learn from my mistakes… TRAVEL LIGHT!

As the first part of this journey was in North America – the land of plenty, I decided to depart with just the basic necessities and to buy anything extra as and when I needed it. One area of equipment I elected to do without was cooking gear. I’m not particularly into cooking and was happy to eat the street food and local fruit, and occasionally knock up a sandwich if I had a culinary urge. My choice of clothing was basically what I wear on the bike here everyday in the UK with added thermal layers for Alaska and lightweight items for the warmer climes.

 

 

 

On the whole, I tried to keep my kit simple and avoid too many ‘handy’ gadgets, in the belief that the less stuff you have, the less there is to go wrong. Nevertheless, I still went through the painful, but standard procedure or chucking a load of stuff away about two months into the trip!

Detail? You want detail? Here’s my full kit list…

Camping Equipment

Lightweight, one-man tent (Terra Nova ‘Solar’)

Three-season sleeping bag (Rab ‘Ladakh 600’)

Inflatable sleeping mat (Thermarest)

 

Tools

Sockets: 8,10,12,13,14,17,19,22

Combination spanners: sizes as above

Mole grips

3/8″ drive ratchet

¼” drive ratchet

Extension bars

Spark plug remover

Bit holder

Various bits – flat head, cross head, allen head

Tyre pressure gauge

Tyre levers

Multimeter

Leatherman tool

 

Bike Related Items

Puncture repair kit

Cable repair kit

Hand pump (mountain bike type)

1 gallon jerry can

Luggage straps

Bungee straps

Cable ties

Disc lock

Gaffer tape

WD40

Oil

Grease

Rags

Manual

 

Spares

Spark plug

Front and rear brake pads

Front and rear wheel bearings

Head and tail light bulbs

Main fuses

Clutch lever

Front brake lever

Ignition key

Inner tubes

 

Clothing

Leather trousers

Leather jacket

Leather gloves

Thermal inner gloves

One-piece waterproof suit

Helmet and goggles

Thermal long johns and t-shirt

Scarf

Lightweight trousers

T-shirts

Underwear

Socks

Leather boots

Sandals

Swimsuit

Shorts

Sunglasses

Balaclava

 

Personal Kit

Camera, lenses, film and mini tripod

Head torch

Maps

Plastic map case

Small calculator

Notebook

Diary

Pens

Address book

Reading and guide/phrase books

Swiss army knife

Compass

Watch with alarm

String

Sewing kit

Earplugs

Rubber bands

Small padlock

Length of metal rope

Matches

Safety pins

 

Toiletries

Travel towel

Soap

Shampoo (and conditioner!)

Hairbrush

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Mirror

Universal sink plug

Lip salve

Sunblock

Moisturising lotion

Mini make-up kit (you never know who you might meet!)

 

First Aid Kit

Plasters

Various dressings

Various bandages

Micropore tape

Tweezers

Antiseptic cream

Painkillers

Re-hydration salts

Multivitamins

Insect repellant

Anti-malarial tablets

Antihistamine tablets

Rubber gloves (ooh doctor!)

 

Documentation

Passport

Driving licence

Vehicle registration document

International driving permit

International certificate of motor vehicles

Travel insurance

Multiple copies of all the above

Scanned copies of all the above emailed to myself and friends/family