It’s taken me 3 months to pedal across Europe to where I currently sit. I left the UK with a lot of equipment. Some I used, some I didn’t. The bit’s and bob’s and ‘gadgets’ I brought with me that I thought would come in extremely useful turned out to be pretty useless, and so have been sent home. But what equipment have I found most useful? Below are 5 of my most used kit whilst cycling across europe so far (in no particular order).

One of the stranger locations i slept

Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag
I took the My Hunka bivvy bag with me thinking I may use it a couple of times but for the first 2 months of the expedition the evenings were simply too warm to be stuck in my tent so the bivvy (coupled with my a sleeping bag liner) came in very handy. Using the bivvy i’ve slept on beaches, in car parks, next to churches, petrol stations and beneath a model elephants backside in a small park. Extremely versatile. Buy one here…

Garmin eTrex GPS

I’m a traditional map and compass type of navigator but I must say that my GPS has been very useful. When I enter a country I buy a map of the entire country, which is great for simple navigation from one side to the other but when i’m looking to get out of a large city like Marseille, Genova, etc where I need a detailed map, I simply switch on my Garmin. The mapping is quite expensive though! Buy one here…

Freeloader Pro Solar Chargers.

My Freeloader Pro has kept my iPod and phone (which I use for tweeting) powered up. I simply slide it under one of my bungee’s in the morning, pull it out in the evening and charge my phone and iPod overnight. The Freeloader Pro also comes with an attachment to charge my camera batteries but I haven’t had to use this as of yet. Buy one here…

Sennheiser PMX 680i Headphones

I remember discussing with my friend, an avid runner, how difficult it is to find a good set of headphones to use when Cycling, Running, Walking, etc, that don’t fall out of your ears or get damaged when you sweat. I’ve been using the PMX 680i’s non stop for the past 3 months (and some time before) and they have had to endure dirt, sweat and torrential downpours – all of which they have survived. Buy one here…

Wemmi

Chances are you haven’t heard of Wemmi’s (yet!) I met the guys from Wemmi at this years Outdoors Show Extra where they were showing off their product to the passing crowd and I honestly believe that their product is genius. The Wemmi is a small white disk that, with the help of a few drops of water, becomes a wet wipe for cleaning yourself or simply freshing up. Extremely lightweight and using very little water, the Wemmi is genius. Buy one here…

 

 
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