For this trip I will try my best to do myself the favor of packing light. Obviously what you decide to take with you, should depend on where you are going. Since I am risking nightly near-freezing temperatures in the Rockies early on, and scortching temperatures in the east in August, I will pack warm clothes with the intention of sending some back home as soon as temperatures will allow it.
I will use 4 Ortlieb bike panniers - 2 front panniers and 2 rear panniers - for most of my gear, and a handlebar bag for some electronics and valuables.

Since I have ordered and arranged for some of the stuff listed to be picked up at the starting location, I don't have any pictures just yet. These include tent and various camping equipment.


  • Nemo Obi 1-person tent
  • Marmot sleeping bag (-1 centigrade)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad
  • Black Diamond Headlamp
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic spork
  • Plate
  • Stove
  • Cooking pot
  • Rope 3-4m (- for hanging up food out of reach of animals during the night)
  • Bear Spray + holster for easy access
  • Benchmade folding knife
  • Water bottle x2


Keeping weight and space in mind, clothes are used according to the wear-one-wash-one principle.

  • Socks x4  (3 pairs of ankle socks)
  • Boxers x4
  • Baselayer (wool)
  • Long underwear - bottoms
  • Sweater
  • Convertible pants
  • Swimming short
  • T-shirt
  • Cycling short x2
  • Cycling jersey x2
  • Long sleeve jersey - bright colored for sun protection
  • Buff
  • Hat
  • Giro Prolight Helmet
  • Endura Venturi rain jacket
  • Sugoi rain pants
  • Waterproof shoe covers
  • Sunglasses
  • Cycling gloves - short
  • Flip-flops
  • Specialized SPD cycling shoes - for walking as well


Although this kind of gadgetry usually weighs a ton, I have made it a priority to keep this blog running and take a lot of photos. The blog will (hopefully) be maintained through an old bulky iPad 1st generation with adapter for USB and memory cards to feed the photos from my Digital SLR camera straight into the iPad.
I also plan on buying a pre-paid SIM card for my iPhone 4s so that I can make use of all the smartphone features at a cheaper rate while in the US. This is an investment in safety as well practicality since it provides access to powerful tools such as Google Maps. Let's get cracking, shall we:
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad
  • iPad/iPhone charger
  • Canon EOS 600D + Sigma 18-200mm lens + extra battery
  • Camera charger
  • GoPro HERO3 Black edition action camera + handlebar mount
  • GoPro charger
  • Memory cards
  • Memory card adapter for iPad
  • Powermonkey Extreme Solar charger - charging all my 5V devices: iPhone, iPad and GoPro
  • Apple earpods
  • All-in-one Power adapter

PS: To anyone thinking of doing a bike tour for more than a couple of days and wondering about buying a solar charger, I can highly recommend it. Especially since Powermonkey Extreme now comes with 12V compatibility which also lets you charge SLR cameras and more demanding units. There are also other great alternatives out there such as Goal Zero and Voltaic solar chargers.
I almost feel like a self-sustained, off the grid, green power station with this!

Bike parts/Tools/Maintenance

With the TransAm trail going through populated areas, and the possibility of getting help in case of a breakdown should not be too small. That is why I won't carry too much of the bike-specific tools. Multi-use is key! I plan on being to some extent self supported - that meaning carrying tools for general bike maintenance and parts for minor mechanical setbacks.

  • Bike multitool - hex wrenches and chainbreaker
  • Small wrench
  • Pump
  • Patch kit
  • Tire levers x2
  • Spare tube
  • Spoke wrench
  • Spare spokes
  • Chain lube
  • Coded bike lock
  • Bungee chords x2
  • Spare break wire
  • Extra screws - for rack and random places
  • Duct tape (An engineering student's best friend)
  • Bike light


  • General toiletries - only small ones
  • Microfiber camp towel - light, quick dry
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Maps from Adventure Cycling Association

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