A large part of this journey is to pare our lives down to the basics, and to spend time on our bikes, together, discovering the world and the people in it. Above all, we want to switch off the autopilot of modern life and take control. Consistent with this we don’t have a super high tech kit list full of luxury gadgets as it didn’t suit either of us to spend a heap of cash on branded adventure products, nor do we have the money to do it.
That said, life on the road is very different and there are some things we felt we needed. Here you’ll find pictures of them with a brief summary of our thoughts and use of the items and our reasoning behind why we chose it.
I’ve seen many disputes, heated discussion and arguments on adventure forums about what’s best, what’s not and what the ‘right’ way to do it is and – surprise, surprise! – everyone differs in their views. What suits one person doesn’t always suit the next. As an interesting aside, I’d have thought travellers and adventurers of all people would realise this but apparently not in some cases. For the sake of any of those people reading this, this is the right way for us, not necessarily anyone else. What gear to take with you is as personal a choice as what you decide to furnish your house with so we’re not saying any of this is vital to others undertaking similar journeys. However, when we were trying to figure out what we needed and what was extravagance we found other travellers’ blogs an invaluable source of information and inspiration for figuring out what gear we wanted and what we didn’t want. We hope this’ll help others similarly. We’ll update these as we have new experiences or add to the inventory.
Feel free to comment or get in touch via social media if you would like more information on anything. For the avoidance of doubt, we’ve also identified if gear has arisen from sponsorship or come with a discount. Where appropriate we’ve linked out to the companies we’ve bought from below:
Lomo Motorbike Drybags
Weise Stratus waterproofs
SW-Mototech waterproof dry bags
Keis heated gloves
Knox Orsa gloves
Katie’s and Mickey’s armoured shirts
Knox Merino base layers