Gearing Up

When traveling on a bicycle, one must take only the essentials….an ukulele, a soccer ball and a set of swim fins.

After many runs to REI and the local bike store, Santa Barbara’s Bicycle Bob’s, for the right supplies, we laid out the special items that made it into the finally packed panniers.

If you could pack your life onto a bike,

how would it be and what would it look like?

A lot of our items were given away to friends and family, and even more found themselves in bins at the thrift store or stuffed into recycling bins. Even moving from a van onto a bike left me in a state of contemplation: do I really need this??

A Spanish translator and a solar panel are worth their weight in gold, but heartfelt goodbyes needed to be said to the surfboards, slacklines, and knitting kit left behind.

Certain items will be cherished as reminders of our Isla Vista home; a jar of local honey, leather-bound journal, and clip-in pedals are more than the space they take up.

With a fresh start and a heavy bike, we start pedaling southbound!!


Here’s a brief list of some items we have packed:

  • Spot GPS Locator
  • MicroFiber Towel
  • Ukulele
  • Backpacker Guitar
  • Traveler’s Backgammon Set (!!!)
  • BioLite Solar Panel
  • Sea-To-Summit Collapsible Pot
  • MSR WhisperLite International Stove
  • Coffee Sock Filter
  • Bialetti Espresso Maker
  • Soccer Ball
  • Sunglasses
  • REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent
  • Headlamps
  • Journals
  • Photo Album
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Maps of Northern and Southern Baja California
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Pocketbook Spanish Translator
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, etc.
  • Helinox Chair Zero
  • Bike Lock
  • Bodysurfing Hand Plank & Fins
  • Eno Hammock
  • Passport 🙂
  • Jars of: honey, maca powder, cacao powder
  • Buck Knife, pocket knife, etc.
  • Bike pump
  • 2 pairs of socks (each) and 1 pair of boxers (each)
  • Bike Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Smiles!

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