We tried to keep this tour as budget-oriented as possible without compromising the bikes, our safety and any other gear. Many other tourers’ blogs and gear lists helped us a lot to decide what to bring with us. All our choices were carefully thought through, meditated on, fought about but in the end we were able to agree on the following items:

Bicycles

  • Marin Muirwoods (1991) – Not much original gear remains on the Cr-Mo frame. The Shimano 200GS shifters were the first to be replaced so Patricia’s thumbs won’t break when trying to shift gears and she’ll be able to see which gear she’s in. New chain, bowden cables, brake pads, pedals and wheels were also added.
  • Scott Apache (1998) – Mostly original gear that’s also on a Cr-Mo frame. After the mechanics in the shop broke the old school Shimano Altus 3×7 shifters while replacing the bottom bracket, I put the 200GS pair on. The chain, bowdens, brake pads, the freewheel and tyres were also replaced.

Bike Accessories

  • Crosso Dry Big 60L rear panniers (no fronts)
  • Frame bag for Patricia
  • Muddyfox handlebar bag for Adam
  • Sigma BC 5.12 bicycle computer on Patricia’s bike
  • Schwalbe Marathon HS420 26X2.00 tyres on both bikes
  • Helmets to protect our thinking organs
  • Mirrors that can be attached to the handlebars on either side
  • A combination lock
  • Front and rear lights
  • Bells, ding ding!

Tools & spare parts

  • Chain tool
  • Multitool with allen keys and screwdrivers
  • Tyre levers
  • Spoke wrench
  • Pedal wrench 15mm
  • Patch Kit with many extras
  • Small bottle of chain lubricant
  • Tiny bottle of grease
  • Topeak Racerocket minipump
  • Some spare screws, washers, nuts, bolts & spacers
  • 2 pairs of spare brake pads
  • 2 spare tubes
  • Some various length plastic zip ties
  • Some gorilla tape
  • 2 spare bowden cables

Clothes (for each of us)

  • Bike shorts
  • Long trousers
  • Jeans
  • Regular shorts
  • 2 underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks (2 normal and 1 pair of thick wool socks to sleep in)
  • 2 lightweight t-shirts
  • Long-sleeve t-shirt
  • Sweater
  • Down jacket
  • Rain poncho
  • Beanie
  • Baseball hat
  • 2 pairs of gloves (1 light and 1 warm)
  • Shemagh / scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit / shorts
  • Safety vest
  • Sneakers
  • Slippers

Camping Gear

  • Husky Milet 3 tent + our old blue tarp as a footprint + patch kit
  • Naturehike ultralight inflatable pads with pillow + patch kit
  • A large reflective sun visor for lorry windscreens as a sleeping mat underneath the inflatables – may sound weird, but it works
  • Quechua 15°C sleeping bag
  • Karrimor Superlight sleeping bag
  • Sawyer Mini water filter
  • 3 piece cooking gear with a handle
  • Handmade can-stove that uses denatured alcohol
  • Lighters
  • 2 Opinel knives and 2 spoons
  • 2 Petzl Tikkina 2017 headlamps
  • 2 bottles of sunscreen
  • 2 bottles of bug repellent
  • Simple compass
  • Rubber Sink Stopper – For hobo baths
  • Can opener
  • Small plastic cutting board
  • 4 bungee cords
  • Twine rope
  • Sewing kit with safety pins
  • Small fishing kit
  • Steel Wire Ball (sponge)
  • “Rape whistle” with compass, magnifying glass and thermometer
  • Large, heavy-duty trash bags as liners for the panniers
  • We’re also bringing our 30L Quechua lightweight backpacks as daypacks

Hygiene

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes, floss
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Bar of soap
  • 2 hankies
  • 2 microfiber towels
  • A small mirror
  • Nail clippers
  • Razor
  • Diva cup
  • Baby powder

First Aid kit

  • The kit consists of various pills for headaches, stomach problems, anti-malaria, vitamins, band aids, gauzes, betadine, scissors, tweezers, lip balm, eye drops, etc. The usual stuff.

Personal Items

  • Hungarian passports
  • 20-20 visa photos and a few more with Patricia’s head covered in a scarf
  • Vaccination papers
  • A journal for each of us with pens and markers
  • Pack of cards
  • Dice
  • Ukulele for Patricia
  • Harmonica for Adam

Electronics

  • Lenovo Thinkpad T510 notebook
  • Canon PowerShot G9X and SJCam SJ6 Legend digital cameras
  • Chargers
  • Lenovo P70 and a Xiaomi RedMi 4X phones
  • 2nd generation Kindle with 3G
  • 2 Samsung 64GB EVO Plus memory cards
  • 2 16GB USB stick
  • Xiaomi Power Bank 20000mAh battery pack
  • Battery charger
  • Universal wall socket adapter