Comprehensive Lite-Touring Kit List

After our three week tour in France and Spain, keeping kit and weight to a minimum, here is what we decided the essentials to take were: 


Bar Bag: 
  • Wallet Passport and E111 Phone 
  • Camera 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Bike Lights 
  • Map (in waterproof mapcase) 
  • Solar Charger 
  • Ipod 



Pannier One: 
  • Berghaus Flare 700 Sleeping Bag 
  • Thermarest Sleeping Mattress 
  • Baby Wipes 
  • Toilet Roll 
  • Headtorch and Spare Batteries 
  • Book, Notepad and Pens 
  • Plastic Bowl, 
  • Mug and Spoon 
  • Pillow Case 
  • Washing Line 
  • Stove 
  • Board Shorts and Casual Shirt 
  • Compression Tights



Pannier Two:
  • Plastic Bags and Freezer Bags 
  •  3 x Cycling Shorts 
  • 2 x Jerseys 
  • 3 x Socks 
  • Short Finger Gloves 
  • Full Finger Waterproof Gloves 
  • Thermal Top 
  • Sealskinz socks 
  • Buff 
  • Beanie 
  • Leg Warmers 
  • Soapbag: Toothbrush and Paste, Suncream, Moisturiser, Chamois Cream, Razor, Shave gel, Shampoo/Shower Gel, Washing up Liquid, Talcum Powder, Travel Wash 
  • Penknife 
  • First Aid Kit: inc. Gauzes, antiseptic cream, antibiotics, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, Arnica gel 



Rack Top Bag: 
  • Tent (in own dry-bag inside) 
  • RainJacket 
  • Food and Emergency Food 
  • Instant Coffee Powder 
  • Lightweight Cable Lock 



Saddlebag:
  • Spare Spokes (inside seatpost**) 
  • Chaintool 
  • Multitool 
  • Chainlinks 
  • Pump 
  • Spare tyre 
  • 2 x Spare Tube 
  • Tyre Levers 
  • Spoke Nipples 
  • Cable Ties 
  • Gerber Mulitool 
  • Spoke Wrench 
  • Spare Brake Pads 


  **Spokes inside seatpost - a nifty trick that I learnt from a fellow tourer. Tape the spokes together in a bundle. Get two bits of sponge (a kitchen sponge cut in two will do), wrap it around the spoke bundle in two places, and secure with a thin strip of tape (so that the sponge is still showing for the most part). Then stuff it up inside the seatpost - the sponge should be thick enough that it has enough friction to stop the spokes from dropping down, and even if they do, they are only going to fall down the seat-tube. It is an effective way of stopping your spokes from getting bent and damaged. 

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