My (initial) Packing List

I was just kidding about the pajamas.

There is this ongoing “joke” at my expense about how I cannot pack light and usually travel with 12 sets of pajamas. Well, for your information this data is about ten years old now. I’ve scaled down my packing lists a whole lot and continue to scale down. I’d like to say that I’ve learned from my previous mistakes.

So here is my initial list. This will be revised and updated as I’m actually packing, but here it goes:

Bike Stuff

  • bike (still need to get one)
  • panniers (ditto)
  • 2 spare tubes
  • spare tire
  • multi-tool
  • new (very bright) lights
  • bike lock
  • tire levers
  • chain lube
  • helmet
  • bike shoes
  • 3 water bottles
  • biking gloves


  • camera
  • new memory card
  • camera cord
  • USB stick for photo back up
  • iPhone
  • iPhone charger
  • USB battery pack


  • Crocs for when I’m not wearing bike shoes (but not the ugly kind. I have cute ones that are just as comfortable!)
  • 2 tank tops
  • 3 bike jerseys
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • waterproof “cloud” jacket
  • swim suit
  • 3 bike shorts
  • 2 walk around in shorts
  • 1 skirt
  • 5 underwear
  • 5 socks
  • 1 ultralight long pants
  • 2 bras


  • Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • q-tips
  • razor
  • Chamois Butt’r
  • tampons
  • pads (extra insurance for the heavy flow days!) (TMI?)
  • bug spray
  • hand lotion
  • wet wipes
  • toilet paper
  • deodorant
  • sunscreen
  • tweezers
  • mirror
  • Advil
  • lip balm
  • lipstick (in case I ever want to feel ‘dressed up’)


  • 2 pairs of sunglasses
  • plastic bags
  • bandana (between Dr. Bronner’s as my primary shampoo and helmet head, I foresee a lot of bad hair days)
  • first aid kit
  • passport
  • passport copy
  • cash
  • journal
  • pens
  • Lonely Planet

Does this seem like a lot of stuff….? Tell me if you think so! Considering that I usually carry a banana and a bag of almonds with me on the bike, it seems like a lot.

The destination will still remain a secret for now though. Feel free to guess.



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