Step 3: Packing- The more you know, the less you need
Here's some stuff I was happy I had:
- Tent and tarp fit in a small compression sack. Poles packed separately all fit in a pannier.
- I made a camp chair out of my thermarest, which was nice for my back on a couple of rainy nights
- My Ortlieb Handlbar bag was worth the investment, and is waterproof- though one snap failed.
- 3 thin wool sweaters and 3 wool socks plus rain gear was enough in freezing mountain weather.
- Small thermos- for making new friends or warming a cold soul.
- One good book in English, which I reread, was better than two.
- Appropriate bath gear- towel, long washcloth
- Spare folding tire, tubes and spokes- all hard to find in small towns.
- Light cloth backpack or improvised equivalent- for that hike you just have to take.
- Ziip leather boots and flip flops- I was very happy not to have bike shoes.
- Gifts- I brought homemade peach jerky, and California Matsutake mushrooms-An O'miyage is a gift from the heart.
- Your helmet is a stool
- Bungy web- for food and extra water
- Alcohol penny stove in a very compact kit
Stuff I gave away or should never have packed:
- Fleece pants, extra wool vest and nicer clothes
- Spoon and fork
- Extra jacket
- MP3 player/recorder
Stuff I'll bring next time:
- Rice cooking pot and gasoline stove
- Compact crank puller
- Compact field glasses