The research I’ve done for my bicycle tour has been a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’ve learnt about gear I never knew existed before, and really enjoyed getting to know the do’s and don’ts of bicycle touring and camping.
Well, I’m probably still breaking a lot of the “rules”, but what’s the fun in only doing what other people think is right? If that was the way I lived my life I never would have dared to do this or half the things I’ve experienced. Rules can be good but they’re also made to be broken.
So I’ve made a list of some of the best things that I’ve come across so far in my research, that is great for both bicycle traveling and other outdoorsy adventures.
1. The Scrubba Wash Bag
This clever bag has a flexible inner washboard which cleans your clothes just as good as any machine. Just put your clothes in it, add water and detergent and rub the clothes against the washboard from 30 seconds up to 3 minutes. Rinse and hang and your clothes will be as good as new! It can be found here.
2. Lush Shampoo Bar and Solid Conditioner
Bringing big and heavy bottles of shampoo and conditioner was never an option for me, neither was shaving off all my hair to avoid that particular problem. When I heard that Lush sold solid shampoo and conditioner bars, I knew that I had to try it out. I was very impressed by the scents and how well they worked, despite being a bit skeptical in the beginning. It takes very little room, you won’t have to worry about it leaking and you can bring it in your hand luggage. What’s there to think about, really? Buy it here.
3. Anker External Battery
“But how will you charge your electronics?” is a question I get a lot. A LOT. So here is the answer; on the days I’m camping in the woods or am unable to get access to an electrical outlet, this Anker battery will be my lifeline. You can use it to charge three USB devices at the same time, and it can charge an iPhone 6 up to ten times. It’s small but extremely powerful. Find it here.
4. Spot Gen3 Tracking Device
Every once in a while on my adventure, I know that I will be in a place where there is no mobile coverage or wifi. This is one of the safety gears I’ve found that really helps me out in those situations, as I can just press a button and it will send a message to my family back home that I am safe but unable to contact them at the moment. It can also send out a distress signal to the nearest SOS center if I’m in a life-threatening situation, or in need of immediate help. I can also use it to live track my journey so that those I choose can follow me live on a map. It operates via satellites and it works everywhere in the world. Find your retailer here.
5. The Helinox Ground Chair (dog not included)
Bringing a chair with me on a bicycle tour was not even an option, until I found Helinox’s line of lightweight camping equipment. This sturdy little chair weighs in at 610 grams and packs down really tiny. I can only imagine how nice it will be after having set up camp at night, to be able to rest my back in a real chair while sipping a beer and writing down my latest blogpost. It will definitely be worth the extra weight. The chair can be found here.
Bonus picture: our dog thought I was of better use playing fetch with her rather than taking photos for the blog. She is such a cutie. There is a tennis ball hidden by my foot that she’s put all her focus on, wishing that I’ll throw it away. Luckily I can multitask…
Do you have any camping gear that you wouldn’t want to be without on a long bicycle tour?