Our Top 10 Favourite Bits of Gear

Alee January 14, 2014 2

Most of this stuff will come as no surprise if you’ve followed us for a while – we talk about it all regularly and have most likely praised the gear in reviews somewhere.

But if you’re new here and are wondering what we couldn’t travel without, here it is!

10. MSR Whisperlite Multifuel Stove

We use our stove twice a day when we’re travelling, which happens to be over 700x per year! We’ve suprisingly never had an issue with it, even after all this time. This multifuel stove is great because it’s simple, we can get fuel at any petrol station worldwide, rebuilding/cleaning the stove is a breeze and we don’t feel like we are wasting tonnes of canisters. You can gain more insight about the MSR Whisperlite Internationale stove in our review.

9. Panasonic V700 Camcorder

Our camcorder has been incredible over the last 12 months – it has really allowed us to take our film making up a notch or two. The best features are the image stabilization, the 60x optical zoom, the image quality/colour and the fact that you can plug in an external microphone. Although we cannot connect our camera to the handlebars like a GoPro, we believe that a camcorder offers so much more than any action cam.

8. Airspresso Coffee Machine

We love our coffee. So much so that we make espresso shots every single morning with our Airspresso. The machine uses a bike pump to produce a sweet, fragrant shot, provided you use high quality, fresh coffee beans. You can read our detailed Airspresso Coffee Maker review for more.

7. Zip-Together Sleeping Bags

Our super lightweight Macpac sleeping bags come in two different lengths (essential for me), two different temperature ratings (Kat sleeps cold, I sleep hot) and importantly they zip together. These bags are perfect for our couple-y needs. For more on zip-together sleeping bags, take a look at our resource.

6. Air Pillows

We love our little Exped pillows because they provide us with a neckpain-free night of sleep, night after night. The down-filled pillow is more comfortable than the air-only pillow, however is also 2-3x the pack size. After using these pillows, you won’t go back to sleeping on a jumper again! You can read more about the Exped Air Pillows in our review.

5. Merino Clothing

I keep banging on about merino clothing, and I will not stop. No other clothing material provides the same odourless properties of merino. Odourless clothes are perfect for travel, as you, like us, will more than likely wear the same clothes multiple times between washes. Check out our article on merino clothing for all the reasons you should switch to merino!

4. SPD Sandals

We can’t believe we didn’t start using cycling sandals earlier! They are THE MOST versatile clip-in shoe available for bicycle touring because they’re suitable for everything from oven hot deserts to freezing cold snowfields – just add the appropriate socks or shoe covers for foot insulation. SPD sandals are especially great in temperatures over 20 degrees celcius, are easy to wash and dry much quicker than a normal cycling shoe. For more on why these shoes are so versatile, a complete list of sandal products available, plus all the other benefits of SPD sandals – take a look at our resource.

3. Waterproof Compression Sacks

Sea to Summit compression sacks are imperative to the way that we travel. They essentially allow us to carry more, in less volume – when you only have five bags between two world cycling humans, volume is crucial, and these bags can literally double the space in our panniers! We use compression sacks for all of our clothes, down jackets, sleeping bags and tent. For proof that they are waterproof, our sleeping bag and tent have been strapped to our bike (outside in the elements) and have never been found wet!

2. Our GPS Equipped Smartphone

We recently switched to using a smartphone for navigation, and it’s brilliant! Our iPhone has all of our detailed maps saved on its hard drive, so it’s ready to navigate us around the world without an internet connection. Surprisingly, the GPS chip is faster in our phone than our old Garmin 800 GPS device! To learn more about navigating with smartphones, don’t forget to check out our in-depth smartphone navigation resource.

1. Our Tablets and Wifi Server

It seems sad to put electronic items in spot one and two of our list, but the amount of tasks where they are supremely useful, makes this decision a no-brainier. We use Apple iPads for reading, internet browsing, guide books, writing, website updates, mapping, movie viewing, photo/video editing, video calls… and more. It’s like a laptop, but smaller and simpler – perfect for travel in our minds. If you have an Apple iPad, an Airstash wifi server is a MUST for backing up and moving information – we carry lots of films on empty SD cards for days when we need to take a break from our crazy life. Make sure to check out our iPad resources for lots more.


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  • Batat

    Won’t Waterproof Compression Sacks cause wet clothes to smell? How do you deal with wet clothing?

    • http://www.cyclingabout.com/ Alee Denham

      The longest that wet clothes stay in our compression bags is about 12 hours. We normally try to dry stuff before we leave anywhere, or dry it on the bike during lunch!