What I brought along



  • 2 Ortlieb BackRoller Plus panniers
  • 1 Ortlieb Classic handlebar bag
  • Small Topeak saddlebag

Mac laptop
5 years old, set to basically self-destruct if password is mistyped more than a couple times. It did get scratched up after 2100+ km in the panniers.

Yoga mat
Yes, it took up a lot of space and was really unnecessary because one can do yoga without a mat, but carrying it gave me lots of motivation to stretch everyday. There were plenty of mornings when I thought, “I’ll just skip yoga today”. And then, “I’m carrying this !$%^ thing. I’d better use it.”


Don’t bring anything white that you want to remain white. Everything will almost surely be washed together in hot water at some point.

Non-bike clothes

  • 2 x shorts
  • 1 x capris
  • 2 x t-shirt – 1 doubled as undershirt on bike
  • 1 x track pants with ankle zips – wore for warmth on and off bike
  • 1 x long sleeve shirt – nicer, cheap
  • 1 x black tank for going out – worn only once, not needed
  • 1 x lightweight fleece pullover – wore nearly everyday on and off bike
  • underwear
  • 1 x non sports bra – not needed, wore a couple times
  • 2 x non-bike socks – not needed, but used thicker pair on bike on colder day
  • stuff sack to keep smaller clothesitems organized

Bike clothes

  • 4 x shorts (didn’t bring nicest shorts knowing they’d probably have to be thrown in the dryer at some point. 1 pair got a hole after 20 days and were thrown out)
  • 2 x jerseys (I brought jerseys I could also wear off bike. If you want to speak a foreign language wear jersey with non English words.
  • 4 x sports bras
  • 5 x socks (2 warm, 3 thin. Needed only 4 pairs. Needed 1 more warm)
  • 2 x Bike gloves (Never worn. Might be needed for longer tour.)

Cold weather

  • Rain jacket (w/ reflective)
  • Rain vest (w/ reflective)
  • Hat (wore a lot off and on bike)
  • Buff (never wore)
  • Light gloves (wore a few times)
  • Heavy gloves (sent home)
  • Knee warmers
  • Arm warmers
  • All in stuff sack kept near top of pannier to grab easily in bad weather.


  • Bike shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Nicer/walking shoes
  • 2 x shoe bags

Garmin 800 GPS
Shopping sil-backpack
Used when not biking. Also used to pick up groceries when loaded, en route to over night stop.
Wet-ones small
Mainly for hand cleanup, in handlebar bag
Wet-ones big
Mainly for bike cleanup, in pannier

Bike lights
Never needed on bike during tour. Used as night light and flash light

  • 1 – Spark headlight
  • 1 – Flash helmet/headlight
  • 2 – Flare taillights
  • mounts
  • 6 x spare batteries – only 1 used

Tools and spare parts

In handlebar bag/panniers

  • 8 mm pedal/crank hex – also for panniers
  • 4nm torque key
  • 5nm torque key with bits
  • 4-5-6 Y hex
  • Electrical tape
  • Zip ties
  • Wire clippers – used only as fingernail clippers. Bought fingernail clippers in Ghent.
  • Fiber fix x 2
  • Pitlock key x 2
  • Pitlock head screw keys
  • Grease
  • Ball bearings
  • Presta valve cores x 2
  • Tire levers x 1 pedro, 1 x quick – + 2 in saddle bag
  • 2 x thin straps. – Kept when sent rack top bag and other straps home
  • 8-9-10 y socket for fenders
  • Leatherman – used screwdriver and needlenose
  • Shimano folding chain tool
  • Spare frame clamp
  • 2 x derailleur cable
  • 2 x brake cable
  • Cable ends and housing stops
  • Spare fender/rack bolts and spacers
  • Reflective tape – used to protect bar from handlebar bag mount
  • 2 x spare tubes – + 1 one tube and patch kit in seat pack
  • Mini morph pump

In saddle bag

  • Park multitool
  • Inner tube
  • Fiber fix
  • 2 x tire levers
  • Patch kit
  • Pitlock key
  • CO2 inflator
  • 2 x CO2 cartridges – purchased in Amsterdam
  • Presta/shrader adaptor
  • Magnets for ball bearing ‘locks’
  • 10mm wrench for fenders
  • Loose 3-4-5mm hex
  • Loose star wrench for seat and crank

Ti Silverware
didn’t really need this, but used a few times on the road
Plastic garbage bags and ziplocks
for sandwiches, trail mix, wet rain jacket/vest, dirty clothes. Had extra garbage bags. Could’ve used more ziplocks.
stored in multiple bags, with papertowels
Rubber gloves

First aid stuff
didn’t use

  • Bandaids
  • Tylenol
  • Advil
  • Neosporin
  • Earplugs
  • Tek tape
  • Sleep sheets

Emergency kit for brevets

  • Super glue (USED!!!)
  • Lantaseptic
  • O-rings (used one)
  • Tylenol
  • Shower cap,
  • Rubber band
  • Cue sheet clip
  • Tektape

Spare toiletries

  • Spare razor blades,
  • Lotion – bought more
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Pollident


  • Shampoo (needed more)
  • Conditioner
  • Gel
  • Soap
  • Razor handle
  • Q-tips
  • Pollident
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Allergy medicine, B-12, iron pills
  • Big tube chamois cream – just about right for 3 weeks
  • Face cream
  • Floss
  • Deoderant
  • Toner
  • Face gel
  • Sunscreen
  • Mouthguard
  • Tweezers !!
  • Nail file/polisher – didn’t use
  • NEEEDED Nail clippers – used wire clippers from tool kit, then bought in Gent
  • Dr Bronners – for hand washing clothes

Usually in handlebar bag


  • Comb
  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip sun/balm (not needed)
  • Nose sun balm (not needed)
  • Business cards

Computer cables and portable batteries

  • Mac power cable with euro duck head
  • 4000 Mah battery
  • battery charging cable (mini USB)
  • Garmin charging cable – (micro USB)
  • lightning cable
  • headphones
  • folding scissors
  • bottle opener
  • usb plug x 2 (1 euro)
  • 2 x outlet converters
  • Space pen – I tried to have blank postcards in my handlebarbag at all times. When I had to dunk under a roof to wait out a rainstorm, writing postcards was a good way to spend the time. The space pen worked well for that.

not necessary, but nice for general planning


  • Bike glasses with case
  • Bifocals in bike glasses case in handlebar bag when biking
  • Work glasses
  • Regular sunglasses


  • TiGr Bow – AWESOME! I didn’t go anywhere without this lock. Used multiple times per day.
  • Abus flex – used a few times for extra security or if fixed object was difficult to reach with TiGr.
  • Long cable – used once to secure panniers to bike

Note: could get rid of all stuff sacks to for more compact packing, but they make it easier to find stuff, particularly on the road

Mailed back to Rotterdam

  • Lightweight puffy pullover
  • Sleep sheet/sack
  • Rack bag – stuff sack carried on top of rack. Didn’t need the space and it added ~10min to the time required to load my bike
  • Camping Towel

Eind tocht, begin cursus, 18 juli

Ik nam vroeg de trein van Gent naar Rotterdam. Daarna fietste ik naar de Haagse school.

I took an early train from Ghent to Rotterdam. Then I biked to the language school in The Hague.

Oostkamp bijna Brugge, 17 juli

Toegegeven wilde ik vandaag alleen mijn 100k per dag voor 21 dagen afmaken zonder nat geworden. Langs de Gent-Brugge Kanaal was het heel rustig. Er was een bord in de bomen verborgd dat erop stond. ‘Fietsers linksaf. Idioten rechtdoor’. Ik stopte bij een aardbeien automaat en stak een gracht over op een veerboot die me aan de veer van Charon deed denken.


Admittedly today I just wanted to finish my 100k per day for 21 days without getting wet. It was very peaceful biking along the Ghent-Bruges canal. There was a sign hidden in the trees that said, cyclists turn left, idiots go straight. I stopped at a vending machine that sold fresh strawberries and crossed a canal on a ferry that reminded me of Charon’s ferry.