Always tweaking stuff…
Now that I’m familiar with Oaxaca – its variable weather and its physical challenges – this is the list that works for me, be it a couple of nights away or a couple of weeks. Give or take personal preferences, it would likely work for anyone considering one of the routes I’ve been posting to Bikepacking.com.
- I tend to carry a stove unless it’s an overnighter – for morning coffee. But I often pick up takeaway tacos and make a salad for dinner; hence the reusable containers. Excellent, affordable food is easy to find.
- I like to carry fresh produce, fruit and totopos, so this setup gives me room to expand.
- Dry season? Add water carrying capacity and subtract waterproofs. Rainy season? Add extra waterproofs and subtract some water capacity. Although there are occasional frosts, the temperatures themselves don’t change all that much, so a 40f/5c bag is sufficient, especially teamed with extra layers.
- I don’t carry a water filter (but you may want to), as I know most of the springs that are local to me and fill up from safe sources if needed. On the whole, I prefer not to carry water bottles below the downtube, in case I have to portage the bike.
- I run 29×2.6in tyres as I find them fast-rolling, comfortable, and well suited to the mixed terrain in Oaxaca.
- Tarptent Double Rainbow Lithium (black flies/mosquitos can be an issue, so an enclosed setup is recommended)
- Exped sleeping mat
- Foam sit mat
- Big Agnes Fussell (40f/5c) quilt
- Silk liner
- Trangia alcohol burner
- Clikstand ti support
- 900ml ti Evernew pot
- Homemade wooden spoon
- Opinel no 10 knife
- 300ml bottle of alcohol/meths (bigger bottle for longer trips, alcohol can be purchased by volume in Oaxaca City)
- Salt (for avocados)
- Small Bic lighter
- Sea to Summit X-seal and go bowl
- Stasher silicone bag (sandwich size, for leftovers and plastic-free touring)
- GSI coffee filter
- 2 x 1.5L Nalgene bottles (these are easy to fill in restaurants)
- 650ml water bottle
- Sometimes: Hydrapak 3L silicon water bladder (dry season)
Clothes + riding gear
- Riding shorts (Outdoor Research Ferrosi)
- Riding T shirt
- Fast wicking boxer shorts
- Riding socks
- Riding mitts
- Patagonia Houdini (windproof)
- Patagonia Nanopuff (doubles as pillow)
- Thin thermal leggings
- Rain poncho
- Baseball cap (under helmet, as it’s so sunny)
- Riding shoes
- Facemask + buff
- Sometimes: lightweight running shorts + crocs (for camp)
- Sometimes: wool socks (sleeping) + thin wool gloves
- Basic gear repair kit (sewing/patches/glue etc)
- Passport + money purse (paperwork backed up to cloud)
- Washbag (t-brush, small refillable toothpaste, eye drops for dusty roads, face oil, nail clippers, Dr Bronner, ear plugs for noisy hotels)
- 1 x inner tube
- Multi tool
- Hiplock Z-lok (for immobilising bike)
- Fuji X100V + 2 batteries
- Phone 7 Plus (Gaia GPS/Mapout Apps)
- Quad Lock mount
- iPhone + USB cables
- Anker USB-C 8,000 mah cache battery (QI fast charging)
- Anker QI USB charger (2 ports)
- JBL Clip 3 speaker
- Earbud headphones
- Wahoo Roam (+ RWGPS Premium account)
- Petzl USB-charged headtorch
When I’m aspiring to go light, I carry my tent, wrapped in a sit mat, on my handlebars, using a G-Funk handlebar mount. I run a Tailfin AeroPack and water bottles on either side. My framebag holds the rest of my gear. One water bottle sits in a handlebar bag where its quick to access and stays clean, while another handlebar bag holds snacks. If needed, I run a top tube bag for additional snacks. I carry my camera in a Dos Erre Hip Bag.
Have fun out there!