Luggage

 

As you can see in our photos, we didn’t have much luggage. We carried the bare minimum and enjoyed the cheap eats & digs out in Asia. Travelling by two, we divided our clothes and equipment to make it easy and practical.

Having two Ortlieb panniers (10L) and two Lowe Alpine backpacks (18L and 28L) we dedicated each to a purpose.  Knowing that by distributing the majority of the weight in the panniers, we would have a lower centre of gravity and be well balanced.

Ortlieb

Our panniers were fantastic... they were a big investment for us as we rarely buy first hand products.  Max didn't seem too keen to start with, but we don't regret this small hole in our budget as they were invaluable when travelling. The Ortlieb panniers kept our stuff dry at all times and were practical around temples and city walks.

They are well designed, with a simple pull handle to remove them from the bike rack. The attachment piece is adjustable so you can modify it to fit your rack.  They have an integrated inner pocket,  reflectors and a shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is practical for short distances but not the best if the bags are carrying a lot of weight. That's why we wanted to invest in the carrying system for our panniers, but decided we didn't needed them for this trip around Asia as we already had two backpacks for this purpose.

18L Backpack

  1. Passport
  2. Ipad & Ipod
  3. Document folder
  4. Water bottle
  5. Pen knife
  6. Sweaters

 

28L Backpacks

  1. Evening clothes
  2. Rainjackets
  3. Snacks
  4. Camera
  5. Extra water

 

Panniers (2 x 10L)

  1. Wash kit
  2. Electronics bag
  3. Mosquito net
  4. Bed liners
  5. Tool kit
  6. Spare inner tubes
  7. Waterproof trousers

For the majority of the time, we tried to put the weight on Max's bike so our speeds could match. For this reason, Max was carrying the two panniers + the 28l backpack, whilst I was only cycling with the 18l one... haha =)   ... but as you can see below the roles reversed when several of Maxs backwheel spokes broke..!

By having the bigger backpack strapped over the two panniers, it prevented their accessibility. This limited them to being used as storage rather than being practical throughout the day.

For the two panniers; one was barely opened and the other used as backup. It contained extra replacement parts such as the 2nd of two inner tubes, two extra filters for the Grayl bottles, souvenirs/presents that we slowly accumulated, our waterproof trousers (that we never used). The other one, had our wash kit + the electronic bag which we then used in the evenings. We also had the bed linen inside, which was quite handy when in really dirty places.

By being organised like this it meant less unpacking and repacking when staying only one night in guesthouses.

Document folder

  1. Passport photocopies
  2. Travel insurance
  3. Passport photo's
  4. Vaccine paper

Wash kit

  1. Tooth brush + paste
  2. Bar of Soap (sealed container)
  3. Sunscream & Aloe verra
  4. Razor

Electronics bag

  1. Ipod & Ipad cable
  2. USB charger
  3. Bubble speaker + charging cable
  4. Adapter/Multiplug

Concerning our clothes; we had divided into three sections;Multi-Usage soap -Cycling Vietnam

  • Cycling - we reused the same top and shorts as much as possible to reduce washing. Get a light fabric that can easily dry overnight or on the bicycle throughout the day. It is a worthwhile investment to pick up some multi-use washing liquid. A little goes a long way and it can be used for many purposes. We didn’t have any cycling shorts and this resulted in us having very sore backsides! This is the first thing in our bag for our next trip.
  • City and day trips – wearing a t shirt and thin shorts to keep you cool.
  • Evening – Max brought a light linen shirt in a Bangkok market, whereas I picked up a dress in a night market in Chiang Mai. The dress was not the best choice because it was thick and bulky... Next time I will invest in a good Multi-Dress !

This is a full list of our clothes, you might think we have too much or too little, but to be honest with you - we were nearly spot on... So here it is... the unnecessary items have been crossed off and what's in red is our new amended and recommended amount.

 

Alright, so we are all « same same, but different » but most of us enjoy not wearing the same thing everyday (but Max). I’m not a girly-girl, I don’t wear make up, I usually cut my hair myself and don’t use conventional shampoo… however, I don’t appreciate wearing the same clothes day in-day out. Read More …

 

This is a full list of our clothes, you might think we have too much or too little, but to be honest with you - we were nearly spot on... So here it is... the unnecessary items have been crossed off and what's in red is our new amended and recommended amount.

 

 

 

Max

  1. 3x t shirt (2)
  2. 2x evening shirt (1)
  3. 1x cycling top (2)
  4. 1x swimming trunks
  5. 1x shorts - smart attachable trousers
  6. 1x thin hoody
  7. 1x thermal top
  8. 1x rain jacket
  9. 1x waterproof trousers
  10. 5x boxer
  11. 1x pair of socks
  12. 1x sandals
  13. 1x flip-flops

 

 

Cynthia

  1. 1x dress (multi-dress)
  2. 2x sarang (1)
  3. 1x long sleeved shirt
  4. 3x t shirt (2)
  5. 1x sport shorts
  6. 1x cycling top (2)
  7. 1x thermal top
  8. 1x rain jacket
  9. 1x waterproof trousers
  10. 1x pair of socks
  11. 5x underwear
  12. 1x sport bra
  13. 1x sandals
  14. 1x flip-flops

 

Like you can see, we didn't get the cycling gear right. One thing that's essential is - cycling shorts - with padding. You think they look ridiculous? Yes they do. Here's what I've got in Québec for our next trip. You will only realise how valuable they are when you don't have them.

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You will also need two pairs of shorts. This is because even if they dry quickly, Asia is extremely humid and clothes don't necessarily dry overnight. You don't want to be cycling in wet shorts (I promise, it's not enjoyable at all!) The padded shorts are quite expensive... so if you can't afford two pairs (like us) swap one day with, one day without... it'll still make a difference.

For the top, I recommend two different types, one with long sleeves and one without. For two reasons: mosquitos and sun. I was putting factor 30 on my arm everyday and then my arm was collecting mud and dust! You don't need to have a geeky gear to bike tour. Use what you have and it'll work fine. 

We wore sandals and flipflops in Asia meaning we didn't have to carry socks. We would wear the sandals in the day and the flipflops in the evening. The sandals were easy to wash with a bar of soap in the shower. We did bring one pair of socks in case of cold weather in the mountains, or the chance of leeches on a hike.

 

 

 

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