I like to think I am somewhere in the middle of the lightweight bike touring thing. Carrying camera equipment suitable enough to film my journey as well as a heavy laptop for editing photos and films results in a rather heavy set up - yet not overly bulky. As a result I have reduced the rest of the kit I am carrying to minimalise weight. Transitioning from a more classic bike touring set up to a bikepacking one whilst still on the road has meant that I have retained my front panniers (now serving as rear ones) and also my rucksack. The benefit of this is that I have plenty of space for extra food and water - the longest I've gone without a food resupply is 10 days and I've carried 9L of water on certain arid stretches - however much of the time my bags remain half empty. As you'd expect with multi year trip equipment is forever changing as items break and get replaced, but below is pretty much the standard stuff that I have. All in, with a couple of days of food and a few litres of water my full set up weighs 50kg. Without the camera/laptop kit this could easily be below 40kg. 


Camping & Sleeping

Hilleberg Nallo II w/ footprint (an awesome 4 season tent which has kept me safe and dry in some horrendous storms. Current record for straight hours in tent is 27!)

1x Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Sleeping Bag (14 years old so it's starting to get a little chilly at night!)

1x Thermarest Neo Air X-therm

1x Silk sleeping bag liner (made this in Beijing - bought the silk material and got it sewn into a sack. Unfortunately the money ran out half way through so the liner only reaches my belly)



Trangia/Clickstand denatured alcohol stove (I use methylated spirit)

1.4l MSR Pot 

1x Sea to Summit spork (much stronger than the Light my Fire alternative)

2x lighter

Opinel knife

Cheap multi tool

Sawyer Mini Water Filter




1x Unbranded cycling shorts

1x Loose Sports Shorts

1x Montane Terra Pants

1x Shirt (bought from a Zambian Market)

1x Cotton T-shirt

1x Microfleece

1x Arc'teryx Cerium SV Down Jacket

1x Arc'teryx Alpha AR

2x Bamboo socks (one for cycling and one for chilling)

1x Wooly hat

1x Baseball cap

1x Salomon Aero Mid shoes

1x Flip Flops

1x Arc'teryx Venta Glove





2x Ortlieb Sport Roller Plus (really hard wearing panniers - originally used as front panniers on my traditional bike touring set up - now my rear panniers on my bikepacking setup)

1x Revelate designs frame bag (I keep my camera/lenses/mic/gopro in here so that it is easily accessible)

1x Giant handlebar roll

2x heavy duty dry bags (to fit on forks)

1x Sea to summit dry bag (contains tent and sleeping bag on handlebars)

1x Lowe Alpine 35l Rucksack 

1x Topeak feed bag


Bike Spares

Crank Brothers Multi tool

Chain Tool

Spare Chain

Spare brake and gear cables

2x Brake pads

1x Inner Tube

Puncture Repair Kit

Magic Links

Chain Lube

Boot patch

Random unnamed bike pump


Panasonic GH4 w/ Metabones Speed Booster

Lenses - Sigma 10-20mm f 3.5

               Canon 40mm f 2.8

               Canon 70-200mm f 4

Go Pro Hero 3

8x camera batteries (2 real and 6 fake)

Rode Video Mic Pro

Generic travel tripod

Anker 21W Power Port Solar Charger

Macbook Pro 2012 with Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Pro

Kindle E-Reader

Iphone 5s

Outdoor Tech Buckshot Bluetooth Speaker (the best thing I have!)

Multiple SD cards  (in the region of 500GB ....)

2x Seagate 1TB hard drives (to store and back up footage)

Alpkit Head Torch