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Pack list

Less is always more when touring. We carry no more than 8kg luggage + water.

Lightweight long sleeve top

Knicks

Hydration Pack (minimum, 2L)

Sunblock 

Waterproof everything; bags, jacket, and extra plastic bags/ziplock bags

Bar of Velvet soap to rinse your clothes out daily when your remote

Girls- bring a sarong it’s the only casual clothing you will need- so versatile and breezy (useful as a towel, skirt, top, dress, hat and bed sheet)

Knife, spoon, fork all in one.

Power adaptors

Mozzie spray- we recommend Moov Insect Repellent, strong yet natural- no Deet 

Hand Sanitizer

Toilet Paper- yep that’s right, for those emergencies!

Medication – Speak to your GP for recommendations. As a general rule of thumb; antiseptic cream, Gastro-stop, basic antibiotics for urinary tract infections, Hydralite, and carry medication for Malaria if you are planning to travel to the remote areas. 

Cash and cards

Vegemite (for the Aussie travelers)

Tips and tricks – South East Asia

Bottled water is everywhere in S.E.A, just ensure you have a hydration pack of minimum 2L.

Get used to eating fresh fruit it’s everywhere and the perfect snack along the way. But even better than a fresh banana is a bag of deep fried banana slices. And even better again is the deep fried sticky rice and banana balls, mmmmmm. Calories +++ to help you get the cycle done!

All the roads have been great, often with either cycle paths or amply sized motorcycle lane.

A bike multi tool is all that you need with regards to tools.

Laundromats are in most towns, costs about $1 and you can purchase single-use soap sachet from any 7/11.

Always carry swimwear somewhere handy on the bike for an impromptu swim.

Carry a sweat towel.

Don’t be afraid to try the local delicacies from street vendors- best to steer away from suspicious meat though, almost all the veggie options we have tried have been delicious.

Don’t always trust Airbnb Google maps- addresses in S.E.A are more of a guideline. Always ask hosts for coordinates.

Ice is generally safe in S.E.A as it is delivered by a manufacturer daily to most shops, just make sure it looks like manufactured ice, not homemade chunks.

Burn an old brown coconut around dawn or dusk for cheap and effective mozzie repellent.

 

Tips and tricks – Europe

Bottled water is everywhere in Europe, just ensure you have a hydration pack of minimum 2L. Water from taps are generally safe to drink, but we had a hard time finding taps, especially in France.

Europe has food in all the towns, our favourite snack was a Baguette, peanut butter and banana. We would generally carry these with us every day. Also be careful on Sundays and Mondays in France, shops are generally closed for the day. So we went hungry the first few weeks as we would often forget. Lesson learned now!

The main roads were quite dangerous in Europe, there was little to no verge, and cars would often whiz past too close for comfort. Be sure to seek out all the ‘velo ways’ or back roads. Apps like ‘Maps.me’ can construct cycle routes, avoiding main roads which is always much more enjoyable.

A bike multi tool is all that you need with regards to tools.

Laundromats are scarce, we had our clothes washed by Warmshower hosts most of the time.

Always carry swimwear somewhere handy on the bike for an impromptu swim.

Carry a sweat towel.

Learning as much of the local language is not only handy but also is hugely appreciated by the locals, trying is better than not attempting at all.