Because the gear is important.
A lot of people have asked us the question: "But what do you carry in your saddlebags?". So there you have it: no secret, we'll tell you everything!
Initially we spent a lot of time thinking about what to bring, looking for information on blogs, then with the vendors of the Old Camper : how to do the lightest? How will it resist? Is this really necessary ?
Below you will find the list of the equipment taken, with a small "accordion" to discover the commentary (it's like lots of little gifts to open!).
Notes : 1) the comments are totally subjective and depend on our experience this year; 2) we have no connection with any of the brands mentioned, no sponsorship. Promise!
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To dress – For the meal – To sleep – Make yourself beautiful – Bicycles – Administrative – Photo-Video – Divers
1 waterproof pants - Quechua ♥
3 cycling shorts (otherwise called short moumoutte) - Decathlon and At the Old Camper
1 Light windproof and very waterproof jacket: in gore tex activ - Millet
1 Long-sleeved Merino wool top (not pictured)
1 Lightweight long-sleeved cotton top
1 zip-off pants to make shorts
Waterproof open sandals - Keen ♥
Autres : rien à redire, en bonne quantité et tout est utile :
1 soutien-gorge + 1 brassière de sport
Chaussettes : 4 paires, dont une paire en laine de Mérino + 1 collant
1 maillot de bain
1 chapeau (pas sur la photo)
1 écharpe légère
J’ai acheté au cours du voyage
For comments: Basically it's the same as above!
J’ai acheté au cours du voyage
Gas stove: omni lite ti - Primus
Small note about the stoves: a alternative which costs next to nothing and which is very light (if during the trip, your stove breaks down, or you really want something ultra light): make a stove from a can (like a can of coke)! The fuel? Methylated alcohol. How to do ? It's explained over there, over there or over there ! Several models, but built on the same principle!
Quick 2 system cooker (2 saucepans, 1 lid-colander, 1 clip-on clip handle, 2 polypropylene plates, 2 insulated cups) - 795g - MSR ♥
Folding fork and spoon: 1 each - MSR
1 other small knife (not on the picture) - Opinel
Cutting board-plate - Sea to Summit
Foldable sink 10L - Ultra Sil fabric - Sea to Summit
Italian plastic coffee maker - Bodum ♥
1 Sponge and 1 Microfiber Cloth-Towel
2 flexible water bags 2L - Platypus (not in the photos)
Water filter Katadyn, for drinking anywhere in the world + Spare activated carbon
Plastic boxes Ziploc (not in the photos)
And also… A bag with basic foods: pasta base, semolina, sauces, mackerel with mustard, pâtés, ... For the fresh, you buy it as you go!
Small zip bags of condiments (♥) to enhance meals: spices, herbs, onions, shallots, garlic: the joy of cooking on the road. Thank you Bike Camp Cook !
Tent: Mutha Hubba - 3 people - 2,190 g - MSR ♥ The +: Sponge to wipe the dew on the tent: small microfiber Floor mats: Thomas: Prolite-regular; Estelle: Prolite-women - 460g each - Therm-a-rest ♥ Sleeping bags: Thomas: Trek Lite + 3 ° - 6L - 800g - Deuter ; Estelle : Light Extreme - 7L - 680g - Lestra 1 pillow each - Therm-a-rest ♥
The - :
- Mongolian sandstorms got the better of the zippers of mosquito nets: sand, the real enemy of zippers! Solution: 4 meters of zipper bought on the market in Mongolia, and a seamstress who sewed this for us in 1 hour; total of the operation: 5 €!
- a fairly fragile underside: after a year without Tarp / imprint or protection placed underneath, the canvas has a few holes ... which we sealed with a little SilnetColle. In short, for a tent at this price, it's worth spending a few euros more for a footprint. Another technique: a reusable survival blanket (not the golden ones, but the silver ones) can do the trick very well!
- really light and easy to assemble (knowing it and with a little dexterity, we manage to ride it alone)
- very resistant to wind: she faced without flinching some beautiful storms as well as the kids who played “trampoline” on it.
- no loss of tightness
- freestanding: it has been very useful to us more than once!
- entrances on both sides: very pleasant when there are two of us.
We were reluctant to put € 100 each in a groundsheet, but we weren't disappointed.
We got cold at times and should have bought warmer duvets. In Mongolia, we had to buy a blanket at the market because even the survival blanket did not warm us enough. In short, be careful to estimate the night temperatures where you will pass, and allow a little margin.
Tent: Mutha Hubba - 3 people - 2,190 g - MSR ♥
Sponge to wipe the dew on the tent: small microfiber
Floor mats: Thomas: Prolite-regular; Estelle: Prolite-women - 460g each - Therm-a-rest ♥
Sleeping bags: Thomas: Trek Lite + 3 ° - 6L - 800g - Deuter ; Estelle : Light Extreme - 7L - 680g - Lestra
1 pillow each - Therm-a-rest ♥
For both :
The indispensable :
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Nail clippers + nail file
2 washcloths and 2 microfiber towels
Toilet paper roll
Cottons and cotton swabs
Hydroalcoholic solution : not essential, but very useful sometimes.
Sunscreen index 50
Insecte écran : normal et tropiques
Moins utiles :
Savon magique : remplacé par des pains de savon ou même du gel douche.
Douche solaire : peu utilisée et finalement renvoyée.
Huile de massage : peu utilisée.
Pour elle :
Peigne et brosse – élastiques
Mascara (qui se retire à l’eau chaude)
Mooncup ♥ : Parce que ce n’est pas parce qu’on est en voyage qu’on n’a plus les petits “tracas” liés au fait d’être une fille ! 🙂 Testé et approuvé : je le recommande chaudement pour toutes les voyageuses… et pour tout le monde en général !
Mascara (qui se retire à l’eau chaude)
Pour lui :
Electric trimmer: for the beard and the hair of Mr.
Analgesics: Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
Anti spasmodics: Spasfon
Anti diarrhéique : Tiorfan – Imodium – Smecta
Anti vomitifs : Primpéran
Anti histaminique : Cétirizine
Anti acids: Inexium and Gaviscon
Antibiotics: Pyostacin (Thomas is allergic to Augmentin) and Oflocet
Antibiotic cream: Fucidin
Corticosteroid cream: Diprosone
Local antifungal: Pevaryl
Anti malaria: Tolexin, treatment for 3 1/2 months each, it takes up space! Ultimately used for 2 months. You really have to be careful with sunburns: on her bike, Estelle got badly sunburned on her hands.
Some cyclists encountered (the Dudus, for example) were not taking any preventive oral treatment but were careful to protect themselves with long clothing and body sprays; it's up to everyone to choose their solution!
Grapefruit Seed Extract: This is known to be a natural antibiotic, antiviral and anti-infectious agent. They say that it can stop a tourist at its first signs ... (bought in organic stores): tested a few times: why not! It doesn't hurt anyway.
Tout ça a très peu servi au final ! Mais c’est plutôt bon signe.
Blanket : for very cold nights - cf down above
Biseptine (25 ml)
Physiological serum : useful for cleaning the eyes when an annoying dust or grain of sand has become lodged.
Anti blister dressings
Disposable gloves: used for… tinkering on the bike!
Not used :
Antiseptic eye drops
Velpo tape and gauze tape
Elastic compression: Elastoplast
2 FFP2 masks
Sutures: one for us, and one for the bike!
Bicycles: Estelle : Surly Long Haul, bought used ♥
Good value for money.
Estelle : Surly Long Haul, bought used ♥
Saddlebags: Thomas : Vaude on the front and on the handlebars; Ortlieb at the back ♥ Estelle: Front, rear and handlebars bags: Ortlieb ♥
Thomas : Vaude on the front and on the handlebars; Ortlieb at the back ♥
Estelle: Front, rear and handlebars bags: Ortlieb ♥
Normal odometer: Thomas
Spare batteries for the computer
Can: 1 each: for the rest, we do with water bottles.
USB regulator (on Estelle's bike) ♥
Everything was useful to us:
Multi tool: allen wrench, flat and Phillips screwdriver, tire iron, chain tool, bottle opener (important!), 8, 9, 10 open end wrenches
Brake cable (2 to be safe)
Derailleur cable (same)
Spoke keys + 4 spare spokes (2 different sizes)
Air chamber: 2 spare
Pair of new brake pads (not pictured)
Puncture kit (patches, glue, tire iron, etc.)
2 chain quick couplers
3 in 1 penetrating squeegee (not pictured)
Box of Proofide cream for Brooks saddle + wrench to screw the saddle on
Toothbrush for cleaning ♥ (not pictured)
10 m of paracord to hang / fix everything ♥
International vaccination records
ID photos : for visas
Ventral pocket to hide all this: little used finally!
Since our return Thomas has given a videotaped lecture on his return to photography equipment. We discover all the tips to save precious time while traveling, and an opinion on the choice of gear: the presentation Prezi is online here ! Otherwise the full video is (long) available on youtube.
Computer : Mc Book Air 2013 + chargeur ♥
Photos : Canon EOS 60D + charger ♥
Goals : EFS 18-50 f3.5-5.6 + EFS 24mm f2.8 + EF 55-200 3.5-5.6 + lens protection pouch
Son : Zoom H1 (+ his little homemade moumoutte!) ♥
Video : Gopro 2 + fixing material
Additional batteries: one for each phone and camera
Phones + micro USB charger
Photo foot - manfrotto ♥
Small example of a scenario: you cook at night, in a wild bivouac. You watch your cooking pot cooking on the stove: low power. And suddenly, a noise: you raise your head to look into the distance: strong power!
For more details, tests carried out by Expemag, it's over there !
Pouch with all the necessary papers (photocopy of passports, identity photos, insurance papers, etc.)
Solar charger - purchased at Nature and Discovery
2 external hard drive, 2 TB each
Guide g-palemo - Le Routard : des dessins pour se faire comprendre partout dans le monde ♥
Trousse de couture : fil de couture, épingles à nourrice, épingles, aiguilles, mètre♥
Sac à dos (se replie dans une pochette pour ne former plus qu'une toute petite boule) Decathlon ♥
Sunglasses (not in the photos)
If, despite all this info, you have any questions, don't hesitate, contact us !