As a RTW rider, there are always questions that come up – This is a question that comes up a lot….how do you pack for RTW trip?…so here we go
***Packing is an objective thing, whats good for me may not be good for you – that’s the disclaimer done
…but saying that maybe a few ideas may pop into your head if you read this. Regardless of what luggage you take, be it hard or soft whatever the volume you WILL FILL IT – fact!!!
If you do take ‘that’ larger luggage at some point you will hate the additional unnecessary weight you are carrying around
As I have been doing this for years I constantly try and reevaluate and reduce the volume I’m carrying but still be comfortable in every situation. Having been fortunate enough to be able to stop back where I store my gear (in AZ) has let me do yet another revision and this is what I will be carrying for at least the next five years – this is to cover both hemisphere’s four seasons and on and offroad riding. We may spend a little more at the outset but it pays off if you are on the road for a long time, good gear simply last, cheap gear eventually fails and then you need to rebuy and most likely have now spent more than if you’d just bought the good stuff in the first place.
A few months back one of our bikes was attacked by a bear, the luggage was basically destroyed on the exterior so we had options – keep the same or change. We decided to change. We changed up to Mosko backcountry 35-liter panniers and a 25-liter duffle which is 95 liters but we are now carrying less and the weight is lower…I’ll explain.
We went thru our kit and found we can fit everything we need in the panniers if we want to, and have zero weight on the seat.
When we got to AZ we went thru our gear that we’d ridden with for 20,000 miles in the US and Canada, which was similar to what we’d ridden with for the previous year in Europe and looked to see what we could change, it wasn’t much but it made a big difference with where we carried the weight, this is huge for us as we ride offroad a lot.
So our final packing looked like this – Egle on the left, Me on the right
So whats in there, let’s start with Egle –
5. some toiletries
6. first aid
11. MSR helmet
12. Klim gloves
15. boots – these were shown as we were waiting for our Gaerne SG12’s to arrive
16. Sunglasses and waterproof/ shockproof camera
17. 1/2 of tent
19. More toiletries and vitamins
Ladies, if you need to get more detail she’ll be doing a detailed breakdown on her WomenADVriders page soon
As for me –
1. Tools – more detail later
2. Dirty laundry bag
3. Tent Poles
4. Charger/ battery pack (not taken) – Anti-Gravity, failed the following day, third failure from this company…I’m done with them!
7. warm weather clothes – 3x t-shirt, 2x pants, 3x socks, 3x underwear
10. waterproof socks – Klim COVERT GTX LINER…just in case, I hate wet feet
11. USB cables
12. Big Agnes tent – Copper Hotel HV UL2, packs very small and has a huge vestibule
14. Cooking pots – also in here is an $8 Walmart frying pan that we found is better more durable most of the camping cookware
15. Basin Range Padded jacket
17. Klim suspenders
21. Klim goggles
22. Power/ charging cables/ extra batteries
27. boots – these were shown as we were waiting for our Gaerne SG12’s to arrive
28. Klim DAKAR GLOVE
29. Bike cover
- ***not shown – another 2-liter bladder, 3 piece cooking knife, chain lube, sunglasses, 2x Pacsafe, tank bag, Sena communication, Sena cameras, bike lock, cam buckle straps for holding the bag on the back seat and they double as tie downs for ferries and tow straps…from Mosko
how much space does all that take up?
140 liters, 70 liters per bike not packed tightly with two empty duffles for an extra 50 liters of space for food…tools are packed separately in a tool tube
Tools, as a first-time owner of a DR, tools were a little unknown EXACTLY what I’d need, so for the 20,000-mile test ride, I packed a little too much! I now had the time to reevaluate what I was carrying. Laid out in its entirety it looks like this, we have doubles of a few items, just in case we get separated and need to fix a flat or a simple mechanical fix. The doubled up stuff is on Egles bike and will rarely be touched or is for service work or preventative maintenance
- MSR steering neck wrench
- Motion Pro 24mm axle wrench combo tire iron
- MP bead breakers
- MP Seal Mate
- MP PBR chain press/ breaker/ riveter – a little heavy but for the long haul worth its weight
- Tire changing mat
- Leatherman Crunch
- MP bead buddy
- Assorted JIS, flat and Allen bits
- Mac grips
- MP Allen keys
- Assorted extensions, ratchets, and sockets
- RRR tools, wrenches
- Woods mini multimeter
- Tow strap
- Hand pump
The main tools I carry that I find useful are these below, with these and repair kit I can fix or take apart 95% of the bike and remove wheels for flats. I keep a second pump in my tool tube, spare inner tubes are in the luggage. This is a kit I have pieced together using mostly RRR Tools and Motion Pro for compactness and lightness.
I usually end up working on other peoples bikes on the road so I may have a little more than needed for a DR
Fully packed it is just this big and fits perfectly in a 4″ ABS tube with a locking cap on my bike