A Peek Inside Our Panniers

Mr. G and his loaded bike

In just six and a half weeks we’ll be living out of 8 panniers and a handlebar bag. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what we’ll wear, how we’ll keep ourselves clean and presentable, and how we’ll prepare food. And what about if we or our bikes get bumped or bruised? Here, in living color, are a few photos of what we’ll have with us.


Mrs. Grumby’s Clothes

  • Outerwear: windbreaker, down jacket, rain jacket, rain pants, shoe covers
  • Head gear: sun hat, balaclava, beanie, 3 buffs
  • Top: Long sleeve – light merino wool, mid-weight synthetic, button-up; Short sleeve – 2 merino wool, 1 cotton (sleep shirt)
  • Bottom: tights, pants, capris, 2 bike shorts, 1 running shorts
  • Unders: 2 underwear; 2 bras
  • Gloves: water/wind-proof, liners, cycling gloves
  • Socks: 2 crew; 2 low
  • Shoes: Crocks & trail runners
  • Other: 2 bandanas, solar sleeves


Mr. Grumby’s Clothes

  • Outerwear: windbreaker, light vest, down vest, fleece pullover, rain jacket, rain pants
  • Head gear: sun hat, fleece balaclava, do-rag, 1 buff
  • Top: Long sleeve – 2 merino wool, 1 button-up; Short sleeve – 2 merino wool, 1 button-up, 1 cotton (sleep shirt)
  • Bottom: tights, pants, 2 bike shorts, 2 shorts
  • Unders: 2 underwear
  • Gloves: warm gloves, cycling gloves
  • Socks: 2 crew; 2 low
  • Shoes: mountain bike sneakers; shower/camp sandals
  • Other: 2 bandanas, wool sleeves


Hygiene & Grooming Supplies

  • Mrs G: Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, hair conditioner, brush & hair thingys, earrings, scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, razor, toothbrush, floss, lip balm, camp towel, bandana
  • Mr. G: Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, Wahl clipper for frugal buzz cut, eyedrops, eye wash, toothbrush, floss, lip balm, camp towel, bandana
  • Shared: lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, 5 liter “kitchen sink” to soak dirty clothes
  • Not pictured: baby wipes for when showers are not available



  • Coffee: Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dripper, 2 stackable stainless steel tumblers with lip guards (for drinking hot stuff), and cup cozies
  • Cooking: Jetboil stove with 1.5L pot, salt, and Tajin
  • Eating/food storage: 3 stackable 2-cup rubbermaid containers with lids
  • Utensils 2 spoons, 1 sharp knife, 1 peanut butter knife
  • Cleaning: Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, scrub sponge, chamois cloth
  • Other: can opener, cutting board, and collapsible bucket for toting water


Repair Kit


  • Flat repair:  2 patch kits, 3 tubes, tire levers
  • Other: bike wrench, multi-tool, spoke repair, chain breaker, spare chain links
  • Not pictured: brake pads and brake and shifter cables



  • Repairs: safety pins, tweezers, small ace bandage, dental floss, needle/thread, duct tape
  • Wound care: adhesive bandages, gauze, first aid tape, neosporin, hydrocortisone, burn gel
  • Pain relief: ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin
  • Allergies: epipen, benedryl, fexofenadine
  • Other: imodium, electrolyte replacement


Keep It Organized!

No doubt, we’re carrying a lot of stuff (especially clothes!). The above photos capture a lot of what we’ll put in our panniers, but there’s more!. The other high-volume gear is the Hubba Hubba, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. Our ‘always-available’ food supply (granola, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, and bread) also demands some real estate. And somehow we’ll find space for a tarp, some rope, and other miscellaneous stuff.

In order to maintain our sanity, we need to keep it all organized. We don’t want to end up with another incriminating photo like this one from our 10-Day shakedown ride:



What Are We Missing?

Since it will be a challenge to pack this all and keep it organized, I hope we’re not missing anything! But if you see any glaring holes in our packing plan, please let us know.

Or – if there’s anything you think we absolutely don’t need, we’d love to hear (read) your thoughts on that too.

  4 Replies to “A Peek Inside Our Panniers”

  1. Kathleen
    April 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Where are your laptops, streaming devices, Bluetooth headphones, and charging cables, you Luddites?!

    • Mrs. Grumby
      April 27, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Ha! We’ll see how we do with the three mobile phones, a keyboard (thank you kindly!), 2 kindles, and Mr. G’s headphones. And we are carrying charging cables for all these devices. Thankfully we’ll be able to use Mr. G’s dynamo hub to do a lot of the charging!

      Hopefully we’ll be able to stay adequately connected.

  2. Dee ann Forte
    April 29, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    WOW – I don’t think I could go this lean ever….but I LOVE that you have 2 TCB huggies to take along!

    • Mrs. Grumby
      April 29, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Ha – wouldn’t leave home without the TCB huggies! Mr. G says he’s also planning to take the KC Royals World Series one that you sent … now held together by duct tape. ;o)

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