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What's in your panniers?

Simple question, what are you carrying with you.
What do you use every day and what have you never used but won't get rid of???
Any hints/tips welcomed
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Chain lube
Waterproof trousers
Bungees
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The panniers only go on for specific trip stuff, clothes, camping gear etc.

The stuff I always carry (multi-meter, tyre kit, torch, bungees,lock etc.) go under the seat and on brackets built into the rack. I want the bike to be narrow enough to filter but equipped enough to just hop on and go if I fancy a run out.

I always carry a spare chain link but have never used it. The clip link is so tiny it seems worth leaving it in with the spare fuses and lamps.

Andy
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Pretty much my entire pack list for Mongolia 2012

Tank bag (Wolfman Rainer)
Small toilet bag: tissues, wet wipes, folding shovel, sanitizer, pee bottle

Documents: current passport & visas(s), expired passport, V5, proof of vehicle purchase, driving license, driving license counterpart, international driving permit, travel insurance, liability insurance, breakdown cover, last MOT certificate, birth certificate, immunization record, next of kin details, spare passport photos, self addressed labels

Dummy wallet: old driving license, expired debit & credit cards, misc expired cards: breakdown, loyalty, gym membership… small bills & change, old receipts

Map & Recta elite global compass

Lypsil

Gum

Ibuprofen

Multi-tool

Tyre pressure gauge

Head torch

Mossie headnet & 100% Deet spray

Write in the Rain notepad & pens

Bin bags

Trip journal

Cyalume

Spare ear plugs

Crossbar Bag (Modified Wolfman Enduro Fender)

Hip flask (Johnny Walker Black Label)

Zippo

Pipe & tobacco

Real wallet

Ipod & Iphone

Touratech Zega Pro 38L (Right)
MSR Hubba Hubba tent, poles, pegs and footprint

Robens Xtralite 2012 tarp, telescopic poles & pegs

Exped 7DLX inflatable down matt & Thermarest fitted sheet

Large Thermarest Ventra down duvet in a Sea-to-Summit E-vent compression sack

Touratech Interior lid bag (Right)
Puncture repair kit: patches, vulcanising cement, WD40, talcum powder, valve cores, spoke spanner, razor blade, valve extension, 2 x CO2 cartridges, abrasive paper, electrical tape, valve core removal tool,

Combination tyre lever-wrench (front & back)

Hand pump

ADV air compressor

Spare HD tubes

Cyalume

Touratech Zega Pro 38L (Left):
Optimus Terra cookset: kettle (with brew kit), Sea-to-Summit X-bowl, titanium spork, Microbites utensils, MSR grater/strainer, MSR alpine scraper/scrubber, tea towel & dish soap

Meal kit: noodles, pasta, assorted spices, assorted sauces… etc

Fire kit: Grilliput, fire bowl, lighter, Greenfire gel, Ferro rod, Grandpa’s pitch fork

Laundry kit: Exped waterproof bag, mesh bag, Sea-to-summit 10L kitchen sink, Sea-to-summit clothes line, Sea-to-summit laundry wash

Optimus Nova+ stove & folding wind breaker

MSR Hyper-Flow water filter & chlorine dioxide steri-tabs

Walkstool 65

Haynes manual & BMW service DVD on a memory stick

Touratech Interior lid bag (Left)
Netbook & electricals (chargers, plugs and adaptors)

Touratech Exterior Lid Bag (Left)
Service parts, spares & repairs: oil filters, spark plugs, brake pads, sprockets (front & rear), wheel bearings & seals, bulb

Cargo strap

BikeStart jump cables

Volt-meter

2 x spare Rok straps

Touratech Exterior Lid Bag (Right)
2x 2L Nalgene cantenes, 1x 2L Platypus

Primus thermos flask

Knife sharpener

Sewing kit: needles, thread, buttons, folding scissors

Boot kit: small brush, boot polish

Touratech Zega Pro Accessories
2L Jerry can of petrol (Right)

2 x 1L bottles: oil & petrol (Left)

Tail Pack (Wolfman Wolf)
Almax security chain

Bike rain cover

Clear visor

Cargo net

Rain covers for tank & tail bags

FSM flag (for bike meets & campsites)

2 x emergency field dressing

Survival blanket

Air filter oil

Chain lube

Wolfman Tank Pannier (Left)
Waterproof trousers & poncho

SealSkinz: hat & gloves

Shemagh & Baseball Cap

Summer gloves

2L Platypus hydration bladder & magnetic drinking hose

Wolfman Tank Pannier (Left)
First aid kit: gloves, Israeli dressing, HemCon (Haemostat) dressing, combat application tourniquet, Opsite dressings, sterile bandages, adhesive wound dressings, Melonin wound dressing pad, burn gel, waterproof plasters, finger bandages, Micropore tape, bandanna’s, hyperdermic needle, lighter, tweezers
scissors, eye wash, alcohol swabs,

Pharmacy kit: Lempsip sachets, rehydration sachets, throat lozengers, Clotrimazole cream (anti-fungal), antiseptic cream, hydrocortisone cream (bite & sting relief), Pro-plus, Loperamide Hydrochloride (anti-diarrhoea), Pain relief: Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Cocodamol & Tramadol.

Cyalume

MOD survival knife (chopping wood…)

Wolfman Enduro Fender Bag
Miscellaneous Kit: small & medium cable ties, fuses & assorted connectors, thread lock, assorted nuts & bolts, heavy gauge wire (from a coat-hanger), Stanley knife, gaffer & electrical tap (on a pencil), hacksaw blade, JB weld, assorted jubilee clips, Silicone, mini hot glue gun sticks,

HD cable ties
Chain kit: Terra-X breaker/riveter, 4 links of chain, 3 x master links (rivet and clip type)

Ohlins shock tool

Cyalume

Wolfman Expedition Small Duffel Bag
Wash kit: micro-fiber towel, travel plug, shower gel, scrub, anti-perspirant, toothbrush, toothpaste & floss, razors, moisturiser, tissues, contact lenses & solution, mini hair clippers & nail clippers, folding wash bowl

Assorted clothes (separated into waterproof compression sacks): 6 x boxers, 6 x socks, 3 x t-shirts/shirts, 2 x zip-off cargo trousers, 1 x swim shorts, fleece Jacket, jogging bottoms

Trainers

Touratech Tool Box
Tool Kit: small needle nose pliers, Allen keys: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6, telescopic magnetic picker-upper, sockets: 8, 12, 13, E-Torx: 8, 12, 1/2 to 1/4 adaptor, 1/4 bit holder, 1/4 torx bits: 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, 30, 40, 45, 50, 1/2 hex (allen) bits: 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 1/2 torx bits: 45, 50, 55, 1/4 screwdriver bits: small phillips, medium phillips and small flat, 16mm deep socket for spark plugs, spark plug puller & garden hose

John Dere Agri Tool Tube
Optimus 1L bottle of fuel

Collapseable funnel

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Have you been or are you about to go?

If you haven't left yet I would suggest that Jonnie Walker might not be too popular when entering Muslim countries.

When we set off to Cape Town we packed far too much stuff so we had a major clearout in Athens and again in Nairobi. When we go back I weighed everything we had including the panniers and it came to 91kg!

My approach these days is to decide what you need (absolute essentials) for a particular trip and then find the smallest possible bag or pannier to fit it into. I have quite a large tent but I'm not about to buy a new one just to save space/weight so there has to be some compromise.

Quite keen on 'get you home' measures having been caught out a few times with punctures and broken chains but it's important to keep tools and parts to the bear minimum (it's also important to check they fit and work and you have the tools and expertise to fit them - wheel bearings, for example).

Make space for carrying plenty of water.
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Have you been or are you about to go?

If you haven't left yet I would suggest that Jonnie Walker might not be too popular when entering Muslim countries.
About to go: departure 13th July 2012 through the Europe to the Balkans, entering Russia 1st August via Georgia, then entering Mongolia about a week later and the Road of Bones for about September. I'll then put the bike on the Transiberian Railway to Moscow, then through the Baltics and eastern Europe down to Italy, Spain and finally into Morrocco, if I have the funds.

I'm not entering any Muslim countries, with the exception of Tukey, which is 'secular'. I know there are some Muslim areas but none that I would worry about. Even if I was, I don't think I would necessarily banish any or all alcohol. Obviously I wouldn't offer it to a Muslim but I think it all depends on the country in question and the level of religiosity/tolerance. On the the other hand I would certainly think twice about taking alcohol into a funfamentalist state like Wahhabist Saudi Arabia...

My pack list is quite exhaustive but I don't think it's that much. I'm sure I'll ditch some stuff if it turns out it's not used or needed. I have a few items on the list that I may ditch either before I leave or during but we'll see? Most of the kit I have is light and packs really small. I still have plenty of room availbale but I think the key is not to be tempted to fill that empty space with crap.

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Tank bag (Wolfman Rainer)
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Everything has its place...
A pic of the whole setup would be helpful to get an idea of how it looks.


Thanks!!!

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A pic of the whole setup would be helpful to get an idea of how it looks.


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Where I keep stuff specifically in the Tank Bag:

Main Compartment
Small toilet bag
Trip journal
Cyalume
Bin bags

Lid
Documents

Front Pocket
Dummy Wallet
Lypsil
Gum
Ibuprofen
Spare ear plugs

Map Case
Map & Recta elite global compass

Left Pocket
Multi-tool
Head torch

Elastic Loop
Tyre pressure gauge

Right Pocket
Mossie headnet & 100% Deet spray

Rear Pocket
Write in the Rain notepad & pens

If you're thinking of getting one, do it, it's an excellent tank bag, all of the Wolfman kit is great, very well made.

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Map & Recta elite global compass
I also like to keep my Elite rectal gloves at hand and carry spares...
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Here is a photo of my R80G/S at the start of a trans-Africa trip, just about everything is in two panniers, a tank bag and a small bag on the back rack. This includes tent, matt, sleeping bag, cooking equipment, spare, clothes, everything needed for the trip and nothing forgotten.
I usually put stuff in the tank bag I would want to take if leaving the bike, documents, camera and stuff in a cheap rucksack that I would not mind loosing, although I hope it does not get stolen.
It is not just what you take but how you pack it and this will take a couple of weeks to sort itself out, I have been on the road a week here in Canada with a different set up and am still changing my packing to get it better.
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