Touring Necessities

I don’t think this is a complete list, certainly doesn’t include personal items but it is the special things that are primarily needed only for touring on a bicycle and gives a good idea of how much space is needed for a trip.

Bike Trailer Touring on a bike requires supplies kind of a lot of supplies. There are several ways of carrying them but I like the idea of a small lightweight trailer that can easily be detached and taken into a store, hostel or work
Tent A lightweight water proof place to stay is very important. Because I’m traveling with my bike my tent is going to use the bike as the frame, this saves not only because I don’t need poles but it will keep my bike out of the rain, and close to me in a way that I don’t need to worry about it being stolen while I sleep.
Sleeping Bag  A lightweight waterproof sleeping bag that takes up little space yet provides a little cushion from the ground. All I’m finding in the thrift stores are kids ones and too small and have ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ or ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on them.
Cookware & Flatware I want something that is stack able in a way that again takes up little space. I think all I need is a medium size frying pan, two plates and two forks, spoons and knives along with one sharper knife. I have a friend that has a cool cloth pouch for the flatware that rolls up and could easily be made.
Phone/Tablet Charger My phone only lasts a day, and my current tablet, a rooted nook running cm 10 only gets about 5 hours of screen-on time so if I’m going to be gone for more than two days a charger is essential. There are a few options on the charger, one is a dynamo for the bike, the ones that can charge a phone and tablet are built into the hub and are fairly expensive. There are also solar panel options that are just as expensive. Not sure what I’m going to do about this. External battery packs are a reasonable substitute but they require me to spend hours somewhere to charge them when their dead and are my least desirable option but cheapest.
Bluetooth Keyboard  A Bluetooth keyboard would be awesome because it would make typing up my blog posts easier when I don’t have access to computer. It’s not essential but it would also allow me to take my nook to a coffee shop and use it like a laptop when I’m not away from home.
Phone Holder  A waterproof mount for my bicycle that will allow me to check time and maps while I ride. Again this is not essential, and making would be currently outside my skill set. Moreover while the ones I’ve read about on Amazon and other sites really don’t work that well. So we’ll see.
Repair Kit  This is another absolutely essential thing, it should include a tube, tube repair kit, CO2 cartridges a multi-tool and extra tire spoons. This is something I should almost have anyways.
Camel Back  Need to be able to carry at least one day of water at a time. A more functional bag that fits my needs will most likely need to be built, but the bladder hose and mouth piece will all need to be purchased. a Camel Back is not an essential item but it would make carrying large amounts of water a little easier.
 Food  I’m planning on just a day or two of non perishable food, things like tuna pouches, nuts, rice and spices. All of this and fresh fruits and veggies are easy to come by so I don’t think I need to be able to carry more than a day or two at a time. Will probably include shelf stable Almond Milk in single servings. I basically eat vegetarian so fresh meat is not important. What little of that I will eat I can figure into a budget of eating in a restaurant every other day or so.

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