Packlist: Canada-Panama Packlist



The Bike and Panniers:

Surly Long Haul Trucker of my own build. On a whim, I decided to ride to Maine and needed a bike to carry me there. I had little money so I purchased the frame-set and built it up from my road and mountain bikes.¬† Since that trip, the bike is mostly it’s own now, but still bears the mark of a franken bike.


  • Drop bars
  • Downtube shifters (bar ends are to expensive. I paid $10 for the set of downtubes)
  • Brooks saddle (it used to be green)
  • Surly rear rack
  • Salsa down under front rack (with attached minimalist top rack)
  • Shimano XT rear d√©railleur (from my mountain bike)
  • Schwalbe Marathon Mondials 700x40c
    • I would prefer 26″ but I already owned 700c wheels and needed to build it as cheap as possible.
    • I continue using it because I have it.
  • SPD pedal
  • Topeak Road Morph pump
  • Ortlieb Front and Rear Roller Classics
  • Ortlieb Ultimate 5 handlebar bag
  • Fenders
  • Bontragger Bike Computer

Sleeping system:

Campsites like this are worth any effort. Almost.

  • Tent – Tarptent Moment DW (I began with the REI Quarter Dome T2)
  • Sleeping pad – Therm-a-rest z-lite
  • Sleeping Bag – REI Majove 15
  • Bag Liner – Sea To Summit Thermolite Reactor
  • Pillow – clothes in stuff sack
  • Old tent footprint (beach blanket, afternoon naps, ground liner for tent on questionable ground)

Cooking System


  • Trangia 25-7 UL/HA
    • (The following is stored inside cook-set)
    • 4oz bottle hot sauce
    • 4oz bottle fuel
    • spatula
    • pot gripper
    • flint (how I light my stove)
    • Spirit Burner
    • Salt/pepper shaker
    • Military can opener
    • Cutting board (DIY – cut to fit under lid)
    • Small micro fibre towel (dish rag)
    • Bandanna (drying towel)
  • 1 liter plastic bottle for fuel stored in rear pannier
  • Sea to Summit aluminum spork
  • Extra spices (currently poultry seasoning and garlic powder)
  • Coughlands roll tube filled with butter
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Small locking Tupperware container
  • Ontario Rat-3 knife
  • One-cup Coffee Maker
  • Blue enamel mug

Clothing and Accessories:


Worn Riding:

  • Under Armour long sleeve synthetic shirt
  • Serfas Mountain Bike Shorts
  • Exofficio underwear
  • Buff (as sweat band)
  • Bandanna around neck (sun protection)
  • Smart wool socks
  • Fingerless riding gloves
  • Helmet
  • Native Sunglasses
  • Fake Wallet
  • Compass
  • Lip Balm
  • Pepper spray (defense against dogs)
  • Shimano MO88 Mountain bike shoes
  • Bike Peddler Take-a-look mirror (BEST THING EVER)
    • I like it so much I carry a spare


  • Tee shirts 2x (won one during world cup final in Portland!)
  • Wool Sweater
  • Marmot Zeus Down Jacket (Such a luxury! Found in REI garage brand new for cheap. My pillow every night.)
  • Old rain jacket
  • Smart wool socks (3x total)
  • Exofficio underwear (2x total. No longer wear padded shorts)
  • Bandanna (3x total)
  • Zip-off synthetic long pants
  • Cycling tights
  • Long fingered riding gloves
  • Skull cap
  • Minimalist running shoes


Reading and riding

  • Camera – Fuji x100
    • charger
    • polarizing filter
    • UV filter (For the rare moments it’s too dark for the polarizer)
    • extra battery
    • Gorilla Pod
    • Extra memory card
  • Computer – Acer Aspire V5 (cheapest, smallest, lightest laptop I could find used)
    • Charger
    • Neoprene case
    • USB flash drives 2x
    • External SD card reader
  • Smart Phone – Samsung Galaxy S4
    • Charger
    • Rubber case
    • Serves as a GPS and simple communucation
  • MP3 player – old Sansa Fuze (slowly dying but still works)
    • Charger (Too much weight in chargers!!)
    • Headphones
  • External Battery – 10,000 mAh Anker
  • E-reader – Nook



  • Journal and pen
  • Passport
  • Real Wallet
  • Headlamp
  • Extra Headlamp
    • Extra batteries
  • Lighter
  • Spanish – English Dictionary
  • Spanish textbook (soon to be gone, copper canyon calls)
  • Sunscreen
  • 6L MSR Dromedary Bag
  • REI Flash 18 Backpack
  • Folding Bucket
  • Small knife sharpener
  • Cable and lock
  • Extra cycling mirror
  • Mosquito head net
  • Extra pen
  • 20ft 3mm cord
  • Mosquito repellent

Bike Tools:

Me fixing my first flat tire. It required four patches! God I love Schwalbe Marathon tires!
Me fixing my first flat tire. It required four patches! God I love Schwalbe Marathon tires!
  • Topeak multitool with chainbreaker
  • Leatherman Skeletool
  • Patch kits
  • Extra tubes
  • Extra tire (Only carried outside US)
  • Extra Spoke
  • Extra Bolts
  • Extra brakes
  • Extra cables
  • Fiber fix kevlar spokes -2x
  • Brooks saddle tool
  • Crescent wrench – small
  • Lube
  • Lok-tight
  • Tire lever -1x
  • Tire Boots -3x

Toiletry Bag:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (sometimes!)
  • Dr Bronners peppermint soap in 4oz bottle
  • Dental Floss
  • Sm. bottle contact solution
  • Extra contacts
  • Cotton swabs
  • TP
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors (beard trimming)

First Aid Kit:

  • Duct tape (around tent pole repair sleeve)
  • Super glue
  • Sterile gauze
  • Neosporn
  • Iodine tabs (Emergency water treatment)
  • Acetominophen
  • Ibuprophin
  • “Real” Painkillers
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Zip ties
  • Tick Twister (I’m from the northeast. It’s a habit)
  • Silicone seam sealer (for tent)