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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Camera – I use an Olympus Tough Camera which provides excellent
image quality, great video and is as the name suggests waterproof, freeze