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Louisa & Tobi's fully packed Touring Bicycles in the Australian Outback

Handlebar Bag:

  • Documents

  • Mini-Tripod

  • Bicycle Multitool

  • Sunglasses

  • Journal + Pen

  • Headlamp

  • First Aid Kit / Pharmacy

  • Basic Toiletries

Dry Bag:​

  • 2x Bowls + Lids

  • 2x Spoons 

  • Tea Towel

  • Snacks, e.g. Crackers, Peanut Butter, Cookies, Nuts

  • Breakfast, e.g. Oatmeal, Coffee

  • Dinner, e.g. Lentils, Pasta, Salt, Broth

Right Rear Pannier:

  • Editing Laptop + Charger 

  • Louisa's Clothes

  • Tobi's Clothes

  • Sneakers or Sandals

  • Travel Towel

  • Toiletries

  • Travel Adapter Cables

  • Optional: Extra Food 

Right Front Pannier:

  • Drone + Remote, 3x Batteries & Charger

  • Audio Recorder

  • Camera Microphone 

  • Chromebook Laptop

  • HDD

Handlebar Bag:

  • Documents

  • Mirrorless Camera

  • Powerbank

  • Phone

  • Earphones

  • Headlamp

  • Sunglasses

  • Personal Locator Beacon

Rack Pack:

  • Louisa's Sleeping Bag

  • Tobi's Sleeping Bag

Right Rear Pannier:

  • 2x Sleeping Mat

  • 2x Sleeping Bag Liner

  • Sleeping Clothes (Louisa & Tobi)

  • 2x Down Jackets (Louisa & Tobi)

  • 2x Winter Gloves (Louisa & Tobi)

  • 2x Hats (Louisa & Tobi)

Bottles:

  • 1L Water Bottle (Handlebar)

  • 1.4L Water Bottle 

  • 1.5L Vacuum Bottle

  • 0.6L Petrol Bottle 

Bottles:

  • 2x 1L Water Bottle (Handlebar)

  • 2x 2.2L Water Bottle (Fork)

  • 1.4L Water Bottle (Frame)

Packing

Where we have everything stored on our Touring Bicycles

Left Front Pannier:

  • Cooking Set (Stove & Pots)

  • CupFork & Knife

  • Cutting Board

  • Washing Line

  • Leatherman Multitool

  • Chain Lube

  • Rain Jacket

  • Folding Backpack

  • Toilet Paper

  • Optional: Rice, Lentils

Left Rear Pannier:

  • Tent

  • Sneakers or Sandals 

  • Camping Chair

  • Toolset

  • Spares & Tubes

  • Optional: Extra Food

Left Rear Pannier:

  • Camping Chair

  • Thin Fleece Jacket

  • Rain Jacket

  • 2x Rain Pants (Louisa & Tobi)

  • Water Filter

  • Solar Panel

  • Hand Pump & Tube Patch Kit

  • Kindle

  • HDD

  • Regular Medication

  • Sunscreen

  • Wet Wipes

We started this journey with a fairly heavy setup, both of us carrying one handlebar bag, four panniers, one rack pack and of course our guitars. But from the first day on we have been optimizing our gear, always reevaluating if we really needed everything that we carry.

So after four months Louisa was able to sell her guitar to fellow bike travelers, as she wasn't really playing it at all. Tobi's guitar actually traveled with us for almost two years and over 30,000 km before we decided to also leave it behind (June 2023), mainly because our interests had changed and having & playing the guitar wasn't a priority anymore.

 

Our self-built guitar rack had already broken down for good while cycling in Bolivia (January 2023), which made us get rid of one rack pack so Tobi would be able to carry the guitar on his rear rack for a while.

 

Leaving first the rack pack and then the guitar behind really got the ball rolling and motivated us to optimize our setup more & more. So after a lot of reorganizing and getting rid of lots of stuff, we managed to remove Louisa's front rack & panniers (September 2023)!

Her bike now has two bottle holders attached to the fork, enabling us to carry up to 6L of extra water. And instead of keeping our food in one of her front panniers, it is now stored in a dry bag between the rear panniers, attached to the rack.

Apart from the missing guitar rack and different panniers, Tobi's bike still looks pretty much the same as it did when we started in 2021, but it is much lighter now than it was before. Also, the weight is distributed better to make for the best possible bike handling and riding experience. 

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