Clothing – 13.9 kgs
Ok, if there was ever a better example of the fact that we are very inexperienced long term cycling travellers, this section highlights it perfectly.
Our clothing section is enormous! I have been in some outdoor stores with less choice than what we have chosen to take on our trip. We are approaching 14 kilos of soft and fluffy clothes. Do we need it all? I have simply no idea! Will we need our European goose feathered down jackets in Turkey in September? You never know. Would we get use out of our thermal leggings in Iran in October? Possibly. What about our balaclavas and windstopper hats? Maybe…
That is exactly how we chose our clothing for this trip. Lots of phrases were used like; ‘just in case’, ‘it might come in useful’, ‘we might wish we had it’, ‘it doesn’t weigh that much’ and ‘you might not be able to buy one locally’.
I think a big part of our problem is the terms that are used when talking about specialized outdoor clothing. Take Icebreaker for example; when they say that their items are all 100% New Zealand Merino Wool, then you can only think ‘my gosh, all the way from New Zealand? Their sheep must be so much better than Irish sheep, so it must be good – let’s get it, actually get ten!’ Or the Buff bandanas that we have… I have never worn a bandana in my life – I thought they were only for Rambo and 80’s rock bands – but after reading their website, I felt compelled to buy one. It showed me at least 15 different ways to wear it! 15?! How does anyone get by without one of these!? If only my beach flip flops had 15 different uses – then we really would be getting places.
So far and I stress ‘so far’ – you never know what else might come in handy – we around 70 items of clothing. We are prepared for all eventualities. The Scouts always told me ‘Always be Prepared’, so if we get caught in a sudden snowy blizzard in Indonesia, we will be ready. If el Nino decides to unleash a monsoon in South Sudan, we won’t be bothered. If our yacht (not our yacht – the one we hope to catch a ride on in the South Pacific) loses its sail and it drifts to Antarctic, Monika and I will put on our European goose feathered down jackets and be happy as Larry!
Everyone always tells us that we will know what we need after the first month or two and we will be able to send the stuff we don’t use, back home. If that’s the case, the DHL people will be very happy with the extra business and we will just have to hope that El Niño doesn’t do anything too drastic.
Below is a full breakdown of our clothing list. If there are any experienced cycling travellers out there, feel free to drop us a message, telling us what to send home or even better what to leave behind, because at the moment I think I might need it all…