Cycle Touring Kit List by Emily Chappell. Wow!

Emily Chappell is clearly quite a cyclist, by profession and inclination. Here is how she put it herself on her blog:

“Not all people cycle round the world for the same reason. Most of the other cyclists I’ve met consider travel their main priority, or have some other overriding project, like photography or education, and cycling is just the means they’ve chosen of doing this as cheaply or as thoroughly as possible. But in my case the urge to cycle was there long before the urge to travel. And, even though there are many sides to this journey, and many aspects of it – the people I’ve met, the mountains I’ve seen, the food I’ve eaten – have exceeded my expectations, at the core of it, I am a cyclist. I happily and obsessively cycled round London before I started to cycle round the world and, no matter what I end up doing when this is over, I am pretty sure the bicycle will be at the centre of it.”

Emily Chappell, from Fear and Inspiration on the Silk Road

Here is her kit list – to prove her point that having the right kit is the key to success.  I am hoping that lighter European touring might cut down on the necessities quite a bit.

“Having the right kit can be the difference between failure and success.


As a cycle courier, I had to work outside, five days a week, all year round, in all weathers. I very quickly learned that there are certain corners you don’t cut. Waterproof gloves aren’t just a luxury – they’re the difference between going home at lunchtime because you can’t stand the pain any more, and riding around in the freezing sleet till 7pm with a smile on your face. Decent pedals and the right saddle are the solution to painful feet, aching knees and agonizing saddlesore. A couple of layers of New Zealand merino and you’ll forget the abject shivering misery of your first winter, when all you had was a t-shirt and a hoodie.

So the kit lists that follow aren’t based on anyone’s advice or sales pitch – they’re the result of long experience, trial and error, and real-life pain and suffering. I know exactly what I need.

Bar Bag (Carradice Super C)


camera (Sony CyberShot)

Leatherman multitool (Blast)

Park multitool

mobile phone (still sans SIM)

head torch (Silva)



pump (Morph Mini Master Blaster)

puncture repair kit

tyre levers (Pedro’s)


business cards

toilet paper

hip flask

MP3 player (Phillips)

rear light (something cheap and old)

batteries (AA and AAA)


spare inner tube

lighter + spare

emergency energy gel

alarm clock


spare cash

spare memory card for camera


lip balm

moxa stick

spare key for lock

pocket mirror

Yunnan bai yao powder


nail clippers


spare pen


address book

Kindle + case

picture dictionary


Front Right Pannier (Ortlieb)

stove (MSR Whisperlite Internationale)

spare MSR fuel bottle (887ml/30 fl. oz)

Smart Lunar front light + bracket

spare pump (Blackburn mini)

miscellaneous food

Pac tool pouch, containing:

Park master link pliers

Park chain tool

Park spoke key

Shimano lockring remover

3 x Tacx tyre levers

small adjustable spanner

2 x V-brake blocks

5 x spare V-brake inserts

spare derailleur hanger

Rohloff chain wear indicator

doubled-up spoke (to remove dust caps from pedals)

4mm allen key

miscellaneous spacers

Green plastic bag, containing:

WD40 (100ml)

large roll of gaffer tape

spare inner tubes (Specialized presta; 26 x 1.2/1.5)

spare chain (SRAM 8-speed)

7 x puncture kits

spare spokes (Sapin; 256mm, 257mm)

Green Oil Ecological chain lube

spare gear cables and outers

spare brake cables

spare Time cleats

spare clip for Klikfix bracket

patches for tent

tent pole splint

tyre boot

many cable ties

velcro strips

bits of string

paperclips, for some reason

whole collection of spare screws, nuts, bolts, spacers, nipples, noodles, pins, clips, valves, powerlinks, barrel adjusters and those little screwy bits that fall out of your chain breaker and get lost just when you least want them to

Front Left Pannier (Ortlieb)

MSR fuel bottle (591ml/20 fl. oz)

Thermos flask (500ml)

moisturiser (400ml)

insect repellent spray (125ml)

Steripen water purifier + batteries

Evernew titanium cooking pot (1300ml), containing:

SeaToSummit collapsible silicone bowl

SeaToSummit collapsible silicone mug


100ml pot cao bang bitter tea

small cotton drawstring bag, containing:

small bottles shampoo and conditioner

mending kit

washing line

factor 30 sunblock

spare soap, toilet paper and wet wipes

small cotton drawstring bag, containing:

electrical adaptor

phone charger

camera charger

kindle charger

USB camera cable

USB stick

Medical kit:

antihistamine pills

hydrocortisone acetate cream

ibuprofen tablets

Canestan cream

sterilizing fluid

elastic bandage

sterile dressings


verucca removal gel

laxative tablets (senna)

immodium tablets

flucloxacilin tablets

ciprofloxacin tablets

avloclor tablets

oral rehydration sachets

dental floss

Rear Right Pannier (Ortlieb)

North Face waterproof trousers

Assos winter jacket

Swrve Milwaukee hoodie (S)

Salewa down jacket

spare bungee

file of paperwork, documents, photos, etc.


SeaToSummit 20l waterproof stuff sack, containing:

Assos 3/4-length cycling shorts (L)

Gore gilet (L)

Sugoi Wallaroo merino hooded jersey (M)

Decathlon silk glove liners (L)

Icebreaker merino glove liners (L)

Bontrager leather mitts

merino Buff (grey)

Swrve Blk merino winter cap

Sealskinz waterproof winter hat (XL)

Sealskinz mid length waterproof socks (L)

black kameez

green cotton scarf/sarong

swimming costume and goggles

2 x boxers

Brixton Cycles DeFeet socks

hand-knitted woollen socks

Rear Left Pannier (Ortlieb)

sleeping bag (North Face Blue Kazoo)

Rab sleeping bag liner (silk)

Thermarest Prolite small sleeping mat

Swrve winter softshell trousers (32)

Sealskinz Thermal Performance road cycling gloves (XL)

spare notebooks (in waterproof bag)



On the rack

tent (Terra Nova Superlite Voyager)

carrier bag full of food

On me (subject to weather, season, etc.)

Assos cycling shorts (L)

Swrve softshell shorts (34)

leather belt

Aldi merino baselayer

Shock Absorber sports bra

Sugoi cycling socks

Bontrager cycling mitts

Shimano MT43 shoes (42)

Wiley X sunglasses

Bontrager Circuit helmet

Abus chain lock (round waist)

key (round wrist)”

via her blog That Emily Chappell, in the section headed  Kit.


2 thoughts on “Cycle Touring Kit List by Emily Chappell. Wow!

  1. I probably shouldn’t mention this, but I am planning to review (and, I hope, significantly reduce) the kit I’m carrying when I reach my next pitstop. (Though maybe I just need to get rid of the extra 12 kilos of water I’m carrying to see me through the desert.) Thanks for the link – and so sorry to hear about your recent setbacks. Wishing you all the best, Emily


  2. Hello Emily, thanks for dropping by and for the best wishes. They are much appreciated. I spent the afternoon reading your blog and pages from the start and want to say how much I enjoyed them. I’ll be sure to follow your adventures from now on. I so admire what you are doing and even more, the vitality with which you write about your travels. I hope there will be a book to read before too long. If I may I’ll link to your site in future so I can find my way back on a regular basis. Ride safe!


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