Build your kit around your wardrobe - you will almost always be happier. We went from hard top cases to Drybags (stackable) and never looked back. What we wear and use fits perfectly in a Drybag 600. In the end, packing smart gives you so much more bang for the buck and dictates what your bags and kit need to be.
I can tell you that regardless of what you pack, you will miss something. That’s the nature of the beast. Like someone previously said, micro cookware like you can find for hikers at REI is a great place to start. Mini burners, stacking pots, cups, etc. that take up little room. We then prioritize tools. Don’t forget your tire pump and plugs!
Clothing is critical! Most get this wrong. Because we’re cinema people we find ourselves in more remote locations. We are also bikers. The two are strangely linked in many ways. We use expedition-style clothing that’s light, packable, compact, durable, and easily cleaned. It makes life on the road much easier. You would not believe how compact our clothes truly are and how perfectly matched to our lifestyle they’ve become.
We use North Face Paramount convertible pants ($80) - dream pants! They’re convertible - the legs can be zipped off! We don’t use the new “space-age” fabrics like on UnderArmour stuff. We opt for cotton when possible and build layers when it gets cold out. We love our North Face fleece Tekno Ridge ($99) to provide warmth over light tees or long sleeve shirts. It is water-repellant, breathable, resistant to wind, moderately warming, and light weight mid layer.
As far as rain jackets are concerned, there is no single perfect choice - but there are damned good ones. Your cycle jackets are okay on the road, but hell on land. Here is where you’ll spend some bucks. Because our form of entertainment is fly fishing, we’ve found wading rain jackets are almost always perfect choices in the field. Our Paramount pants are water-resistant and dry quickly. We all use the Orvis Men’s Ultralight Wading Jacket. It’s somewhat pricey at $249, but is about as good as it gets. It’s light, tough, rain and wind proof, has dry watertight pockets, durable, light, compact, hooded. If you like a bit longer jacket, many of us do, try the Orvis Waterproof Rain Jacket ($129). Is has fleece hand warmers too, but a bit bulkier. Still a great choice.
You’ll find socks are crucial. There is no other sock but a real merino hiking sock - even when it’s 120 out there! These socks keep your feet dry and cool in the summer and toasty when it’s cold out. We use REI for these. Get at least middleweight socks. REI co-op socks and SmartWool, are the only ones we use here. $15-$20 a pair. Easy to wash - air dry inside out. Comfy. Our best friends on location.
As far as boots and footwear are concerned, we prefer Lowa GTX Renegade mid-so hiking boots $240 at REI. They need no breaking in, are comfy, water proof, and gave REI’s guarantee that if you’re not happy, bring them back within a year and they’ll replace them. We’ve never returned them. I am not a fan of biker boots - we never use them. I know I’ll get hate mail for that - so don’t, please.
As far as underwear is concerned, tres important. If you’re a guy, we recommend Hanes Ultimate X-Temp Comfort Long Leg Boxer Briefs. ($26/3 on Amazon) These keep your man bits dry (critical) and happy in tne harshest temps and coolest weather. Nothing else we’ve found compares. As for the ladies, it’s Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Bikini and Bikini Briefs for all of them. You can get them at REI. They’re pricey at about $18 a pair, but they are good at keeping the lady bits happy, dry quickly, and manage odor (yes it matters out there) better than most. Most women buy dark colors because dirt and mud stains are hard to get out of these.
Oh yes - bear spray! You may never need it, but it’s a lifesaver when you need it. We have used it on bear, mountain lion, and some drunk idiot we named Scooter in Idaho. It works and is cheap insurance - and it’s legal!
If you need any clothing insight, I’ll be happy to provide what we know.
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