Half the fun of planning a mad adventure to foreign lands is the choice of what, exactly, to bring.  That said, too often I read about travelers who begin their journeys with enough gear to outfit both Lewis and Clark, and invariably have to expensively ship back half of their stuff back to the homeland.

Undoubtedly I’m one of those travelers, as I’m still pretty new to this long-term travel business, but here is a list in case you’re curious as to what’s inside my panniers.

Riding Gear
Camping Gear
Spare Parts

For a detailed breakdown of all my equipment, including costs, check out this Google spreadsheet.


Let’s start off with the base layers:

For daily wear, when not riding around:

And finally, for dealing with the elements:

Fitness Gear

A few years in the cubicle and bad nutrition decisions have taken their toll on my body, and part of this journey is about me getting back in shape while on the road. I picked up all this in Yuma at Big 5 sports, for less than $60

Riding Gear

Camping Gear



Greases, oils, etc that I might use for repairs:


  • Eagle Creek Pack-It Quarter Cube to store all this stuff
  • Spare fuel line
  • Quik Steel
  • J-B Weld
  • High and medium strength threadlocker
  • Anti-Seize Lubricant
  • Dielectric grease
  • Liquid electrical tape
  • Gorilla super glue
  • Gorilla tape
  • Safety wire
  • Spare keys
  • Various electrical connectors
  • Spare fuses
  • Spare length of wire
  • Spare spark plugs
  • Spare rear tail light
  • Spare chain masterlink


  • Another Eagle Creek Pack-It Quarter Cube
  • Scottoiler blue oil for my chain lubrication system
  • Spare front and rear brake pads
  • Front wheel seals and bearings
  • Rear wheel seals and bearings

Spare Parts


Most of this is stored in my top box, which is secured storage.


  • Paper maps for every country, mostly purchased from Omnimap
  • Passport
  • International Driver License
  • Texas driver license
  • Mugger/Federale wallet with old driver license, expired credit cards, and some spare cash
  • Vehicle title and registration
  • Spare batteries
  • Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool
  • Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, this is a must have!
  • Tierra Del Fuego book, from a family friend
  • Postcards from all my friends to be read when I’m lonely