Other items which I suggest you to carry with you. Some are obvious other came in handy.
Tank bag items (need to be easely accessible):
- Snacks, Powerbars, Chocolate, Gum, Candy,… whatever you like;
- Anti-bacterial lotion or wet-naps;
- Toilet paper;
- Guide book & maps;
- Small notebook and pen;
- Pocket knife;
- Tire pressure gauge;
- Change / coins (for tolls);
- Plasticized color photocopy of driving license and bike license (need to look “real”):
- The original never leave your pouch (read my stories);
- Black & white photocopy on a single page with:
- License, passport and bike ownership/license (some borders ask for it);
- Lip balm & small moisturizing lotion cream;
- Toque, wool glove,… for cold weather;
- Hat/Cap… the sun hit strong in the Andes;
- MP3 player!
- First aid kit + medicine (Ibuprofen; anti- diarrheal pills;…);
- Water (1L);
- Tuna can… just in case;
- My netbook came in very handy.
- Next time I’ll also bring a Wifi phone mainly for Skype, maps & info while on the go or visiting (there are multitudes of WiFi spots). Though be careful, twice my cell got robbed
Travel gear: each has his/her preference, but just a few suggestions:
- Wear synthetic cloth for riding (Nike Fit Dry, Addidas ClimaCool,…), not cotton;
- Layering system works best for me (similar to when hiking, climbing and skiing): all synthetic and fleece. Plus it’s light;
- Get a warm pair of riding glove (winter). I didn’t bring one and my fingers froze in and around Ushuaia. It hurts!
- Double protect your cloth: Put them in plastic bags then inside your saddle bags;