My top 10 things for adventure and expeditions:

There are so many individual items that accompany me on my bike, kayak and 
 
other adventure trips. Like selecting your desert island discs it is pretty difficult 
 
to distinguish 10 most important, best or favourites. Here goes some of my 
 
deliberations:
 
• A Tarp – A lightweight tarp is a good friend to most adventurous types as 
 
it provides flexibility as a sheet to sleep under, a ground sheet, emergency 
 
shelter and the first item to erect whilst making camp if raining.
 
• Leatherman Multi-tool – Whilst travelling light these are an essential 
 
expedition team member. I have fixed kayaks, removed thorns, trimmed 
 
branches and cut things with mine.
 
• A DS (Deep S**t ) Bag – this is a dry bag rammed with little items you 
 
often need in a hurry including suncream, matches, spare torch, EPIRB 
 
beacon and ICOM VHF radio when kayaking etc.
 
• Lightweight Sil Nylon Bag – these fold down smaller than an apple and 
 
help for carrying daily rations, day kit if you are venturing away from the 
 
main camp and weigh nothing.
 
• Bike Spares Kit – A simple tool kit with spare links, cable, puncture 
 
repair kit and a couple of mini tools.
 
• Straps and Tie Downs – these are great for securing items to bikes and 
 
kayaks.
 
• Life’s Luxuries – Life’s little luxuries are so important. They might be a 
 
sachet of shampoo, bamboo clothing that doesn’t smell or a book. (I fight 
 
the digital devices)
 
• Exposure Lights – This are simply another life saver, they get me seen 
 
and allow me to see people, potholes and other obstacles wherever I am 
 
riding.
 
• My helmet – This is like wearing a seat belt. I remember once on the 
 
final day of London to Marrakech by bike and kayak contemplating not 
 
wearing it. What ensued was a massive crash and I was glad I made the 
 
right choice.
 
• Camera – I use an Olympus Tough Camera which provides excellent 
 
image quality, great video and is as the name suggests waterproof, freeze 
 
proof.