First ever bike touring trip

A no-longer-hypothetical bike run from Pitlochry to Nairn. I expect it to take two and a bit days, I will allow it to take no more than three and a half before running to the nearest train station.

Things I need – after grabbing the knowledge of others.

  • A Full Service of my bike one week before leaving.
  • Panniers – I have big 30litre waterproof ones.
  • Bike Lock
  • Rucksack – depending on whether I have filled the panniers with the rest of this list, or not.
  • Backup cycling clothes – including one more pair of socks than I think I’ll need. (Yes, I like figurehugging lycra – not flattering, but it’s incredibly comfortable)
  • Waterproofs
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • 2x500ml Water bottles – refill when necessary.
  • Food – mostly sugary things for energy. Will stop at pubs and tea-rooms for refreshment.
  • Bike tools including puncture repair bits and pieces.
  • Replacement inner tubes
  • Small Easypack Towel
  • First aid Kit
  • Midge repellant
  • Map
  • Compass & ikea pencils (for map)
  • Smartphone
  • Replacement phone batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Spare shoelaces
  • Multitool – probably a Leatherman (stuffing it up my arse if a rozzer comes near – Criminal Justice (Scotland) (Consolidation) Act 1996, and all that)
  • Cable tidies (for very basic impromptu repairs)
  • Ziploc bag (containing cigars and matches, and other tools for making fire)
  • Hip-flask, or miniatures (for toasting the Drumochtar pass, or other evil climbs)
  • Toilet paper
  • £200 in cash (& and change for payphones)


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