Every trip has its own kit list. At the bottom of this page you’ll find the original – everything I carried with me for my 2011-13 ride across Asia. (If you’re planning a trip of your own, this might be a helpful starting point, though I must emphasise that there’s no right or wrong way to do bike touring, and different people’s kit lists will look very different, and they will all still survive.)

You can find the kit list for my 2015 winter ride from Anchorage to Seattle by clicking here.

And I promise that at some point I will get round to sharing my kit list from the Transcontinental Race. (It will be a lot shorter than all the others.)


ASIA 2011-2013

Custom touring frame and forks built by Oak Cycles
Shimano XT hubs
Rigida Sputnik 26″ rims
Schwalbe Marathon XR 26″ tyres
Shimano UN54 bottom bracket
Sugino cranks
Spa Cycles XD-2 touring triple chainset with custom TA chainrings (24-34-48)
Chris King sealed bearing headset
Tubus Logo rear rack
Tubus Tara front rack
Time All-Road Gripper pedals
Brooks B17 Select saddle
Truvativ Stylo Race seatpost (27.2mm)
Salsa Bell Lap handlebars (42cm)

Bar Bag (Carradice Super C)
camera (Sony CyberShot)
Leatherman multitool (Blast)
Park multitool
mobile phone (still sans SIM)
head torch (Silva)
pump (Morph Mini Master Blaster)
puncture repair kit
tyre levers (Pedro’s)
business cards
toilet paper
hip flask
MP3 player (Phillips)
rear light (something cheap and old)
batteries (AA and AAA)
spare inner tube
lighter + spare
emergency energy gel
alarm clock
spare cash
spare memory card for camera
lip balm
moxa stick
spare key for lock
pocket mirror
Yunnan bai yao powder
nail clippers
spare pen
address book
Kindle + case
picture dictionary

Front Right Pannier (Ortlieb)
stove (MSR Whisperlite Internationale)
spare MSR fuel bottle (887ml/30 fl. oz)
Smart Lunar front light + bracket
spare pump (Blackburn mini)
miscellaneous food

Pac tool pouch, containing:
Park master link pliers
Park chain tool
Park spoke key
Shimano lockring remover
3 x Tacx tyre levers
small adjustable spanner
2 x V-brake blocks
5 x spare V-brake inserts
spare derailleur hanger
Rohloff chain wear indicator
doubled-up spoke (to remove dust caps from pedals)
4mm allen key
miscellaneous spacers

Green plastic bag, containing:
WD40 (100ml)
large roll of gaffer tape
spare inner tubes (Specialized presta; 26 x 1.2/1.5)
spare chain (SRAM 8-speed)
7 x puncture kits
spare spokes (Sapin; 256mm, 257mm)
Green Oil Ecological chain lube
spare gear cables and outers
spare brake cables
spare Time cleats
spare clip for Klikfix bracket
patches for tent
tent pole splint
tyre boot
many cable ties
velcro strips
bits of string
paperclips, for some reason
whole collection of spare screws, nuts, bolts, spacers, nipples, noodles, pins, clips, valves, powerlinks, barrel adjusters and those little screwy bits that fall out of your chain breaker and get lost just when you least want them to

Front Left Pannier (Ortlieb)
MSR fuel bottle (591ml/20 fl. oz)
Thermos flask (500ml)
moisturiser (400ml)
insect repellent spray (125ml)
Steripen water purifier + batteries

Evernew titanium cooking pot (1300ml), containing:
SeaToSummit collapsible silicone bowl
SeaToSummit collapsible silicone mug
100ml pot cao bang bitter tea

small cotton drawstring bag, containing:
small bottles shampoo and conditioner
mending kit
washing line
factor 30 sunblock
spare soap, toilet paper and wet wipes

small cotton drawstring bag, containing:
electrical adaptor
phone charger
camera charger
kindle charger
USB camera cable
USB stick

Medical kit:
antihistamine pills
hydrocortisone acetate cream
ibuprofen tablets
Canestan cream
sterilizing fluid
elastic bandage
sterile dressings
verucca removal gel
laxative tablets (senna)
immodium tablets
flucloxacilin tablets
ciprofloxacin tablets
avloclor tablets
oral rehydration sachets
dental floss

Rear Right Pannier (Ortlieb)

North Face waterproof trousers
Assos winter jacket
Swrve Milwaukee hoodie (S)
Salewa down jacket
spare bungee
file of paperwork, documents, photos, etc.

SeaToSummit 20l waterproof stuff sack, containing:
Assos 3/4-length cycling shorts (L)
Gore gilet (L)
Sugoi Wallaroo merino hooded jersey (M)
Decathlon silk glove liners (L)
Icebreaker merino glove liners (L)
Bontrager leather mitts
merino Buff (grey)
Swrve Blk merino winter cap
Sealskinz waterproof winter hat (XL)
Sealskinz mid length waterproof socks (L)
black kameez
green cotton scarf/sarong
swimming costume and goggles
2 x boxers
Brixton Cycles DeFeet socks
hand-knitted woollen socks

Rear Left Pannier (Ortlieb)
sleeping bag (North Face Blue Kazoo)
Rab sleeping bag liner (silk)
Thermarest Prolite small sleeping mat
Swrve winter softshell trousers (32)
Sealskinz Thermal Performance road cycling gloves (XL)
spare notebooks (in waterproof bag)

On the rack
tent (Terra Nova Superlite Voyager)
carrier bag full of food

On me (subject to weather, season, etc.)
Assos cycling shorts (L)
Swrve softshell shorts (34)
leather belt
Aldi merino baselayer
Shock Absorber sports bra
Sugoi cycling socks
Bontrager cycling mitts
Shimano MT43 shoes (42)
Wiley X sunglasses
Bontrager Circuit helmet
Abus chain lock (round waist)
key (round wrist)

Click here if you feel the urge to buy me a present!


  1. Ja
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    All the best Emily !

    I’m a cycle touring friend of Tamsin.


  2. sam
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Surely the next logical thing would be to show a pic of your fully loaded bike.

  3. Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Emily…a decent kit list is just what I need.
    I am still in the preparation stage of a big trip…sorting out routes, collecting equipment and vaccinations. Renting out my place will be the next big job.
    Going to be heading West so may be see you on the road in a year or so :0)


  4. Posted November 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey Emily, Just read your blogpost on the sponsorship. I like the idea.

    I see you have a good eye for tents. Hilleberg is great! I don’t have an Soulo but I do have an Akto which I might consider lending you. It’s also 4 season, although I haven’t used it in winter time at all. Email me.



  5. Posted November 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    By Camelback do you mean just bladder or pack and bladder? I have an Osprey Talon II and 2 litre bladder which will be gathering dust for the next 4 months. What length hose do you think you need?

    • Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      That would be amazing! (Yes, I need the pack as well as the bladder.) I haven’t used one before, but cold weather experts tell me I need a hose long enough to go down my sleeve and poke out next to my hand, so that my body heat will stop it from freezing. I was thinking of using this kind of thing:

      Are you London-based?

  6. ferruccio
    Posted February 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    hi Emily,
    about your broken seat post.
    correct me if I’m wrong, that’s exactly where you put your hand to lift the back of the bike.
    I think that piece wasn’t designed to lift weights, rather to bear them.
    I would advise you to lift your loaded bike by grabbing it by the back rack.

    ps: thanks for your kind reply on winter boots
    safe trails

    • Posted February 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think the breakage was a result of lifting the bike incorrectly – I’m already wary of snapping seatpost rails (and rear racks for that matter), so I normally lift it by gripping the seatpost itself (or, when the bike’s unloaded, the rear chainstay). Much more likely it was caused by the cold. I am going to discuss this with the Genesis product designers though – I’ll let you know if we come up with anything different.

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