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5 Things I Can Now Travel Without

By lonnekeontour 2015.01.29 in Uncategorized

Michiel on Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been hiking, biking and traveling for a while now, with my husband.

And every time I try to take less with me. Less unwanted things. Things I do not need.

I’ve been reading about minimalism a lot lately and trying to live with less stuff.

Now I want to travel with less too.

I love living with less. More freedom, less stress, less bagage.

 

1. Maps

I do need maps, but I need to buy all the maps at home and take them along from beginning to end. If I want, I can send them home when I’m done with a map.

Lush shampoo bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Toiletry

Yes, I need shampoo and soap. But I can buy it along the way. And I’ve found a shampoo bar, with doesn’t contain water, so less weight, less space. It’s from Lush and has a case with it.

And I didn’t wear a lot of make up, so that most of that stuff can stay home too.

3. Jewellery

I didn’t take a lot with me. But because it was so hot and I was sweaty, I didn’t wear any. So leave it at home.

4. Cotton clothes

I like the feel of cotton clothes better. But it smells easilsy, get wet more quickly and doesn’t try fast, at all. Too much hassle.

5. Rain legs

I haven’t decided if I’ll take a rain pants with me. But the rain legs I took with me last time didn’t work at all. So try stuff before you take them along and decide before you go.

And if something doesn’t work along the ride, loose it, send it home or whatever.

 

On tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ 1. Books

I’m still thinking about buying an e reader. Then I can loose the books and save a lot of room and weight.

But that doesn’t really count as “going without”, rather “switching to a light weight option”.

 

What can you go without? Maybe you have tips for me. Let me know!

 

 

Gear for travelling by bike – Part 2

By lonnekeontour 2014.06.19 in Uncategorized

Which clothes to take along and how to pack them?

 

First of all, I got inspired by this video on Youtube on how to pack them:

Packing for a Bicycle Tour

So credits to them.

And we ended up buying the Eagle Creek Double Cube.

eagle creek cube

It has worked perfectly for us. 5 weeks of clothes into one.

Michiel even used it as a toiletry bag AND had all his clothes in it!

I’m a woman and need more room than that.

So this article is for all the women who (want to) travel by bike. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Bike clothes:

– 2 bike shorts. I didn’t have good bike shorts, so had a lot of skin irritation on my buttocks….everyday 🙁

but now I have ones that I like: Rogelli bike wear.

 

– 1 set of biking gloves

– 1 sport t-shirt

– 1 3/4 sports pants

– 1 hat

– 1 cap

– 2 sports bra’s

– jacket

rain legs – only mine didn’t work: soaking wet, so never worn them again!

– a helmet, ofcourse. Wore it all the time on the bike. It is mandatory in France and Spain.

– several pair of socks

 

Clothes:

– 1 summer dress

– 1 maxi dress

– 1 blouse short sleeve

– 1 blouse 3/4 sleeve

– 1 fleece jacket

– 4 singlets

– 2 long sleeve T-shirt

– 1 3/4 pants

– Swimming gear

– 1 bra

– underwear

– handband

I believe that you need some ‘normal’ clothes too. But at the end I wore sporty clothes on a non biking day too. So next time I would take an extra bike short with me and less normal day wear.

 

Shoes:

Since we didn’t have any bike shoes, we used normal shoes. And it worked fine!

– sneakers (fake All Stars)

Teva flip flops

– cheap flip flops for the shower

– sandels

– running shoes

I never biked with the flip flops, and 2 pair of shoes seems much, but we had some bad weather and one pair wasn’t dry the next day, so I could use the other one.

 

Accessoires

– I had one pair of sunglasses with me, which broke on the day before our returnflight.

– I had my normal glasses with me and contact lenses (one-day).

 

We didn’t take any laundry detergent, because you can wash your clothes with shampoo, we did have multi-purpose soap, but we run out of that pretty soon. Mostly we tried to wash with a washing machine availible on the camp side. Often they sell laundry detergent with it.

The important thing is that you need comfortable clothes to bike for long distances, but also protect you from sun and rain.

And you need more sets, because you don’t have time to wash and dry it every day. Also, at night it cools down, so you need some clothes to stay warm.

Some things to think about:

– easy to dry

– easy to wash

– light weight

– multi functional

– feels good on your skin and makes you feel good

– ready for al kinds of weather (cold, warm, dry, wet)

 

But it also important to keep your clothes dry, which is easier with good panniers….so more about panniers on the next blog!

Gear for travelling by bike – Part 1

By lonnekeontour 2014.06.07 in Uncategorized

So, you have decided to travel by bike.

What do you need?

A bike, ofcourse, and light gear. Because weight counts while travelling by bike. Not so much when hiking, because your bike can hold a lot for you. But every pound or kilo does count.

 

You need to:

– bike

– eat/drink

– sleep

– rest and relax

– and take care of yourself and your body

 

In this post I will you about our sleeping gear.

 

Tent

Our tent is a light weight – 4 seasons tent.

Nordisk – Husedalen Northtec SI-2000

Color: Sand

For 2 persons

Outside layer water resistent: 1500 up to 3000 mm

Aluminium frame.

Total weight: 2,9 kg
Total size packed: 20 x 52 cm
Total musqito proof. Doors on both sides of the tent.

tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve bought it online at Campz voor 231,20 euros.

And we love it. Light weight, set up in 10 minutes, can stand a lot of rain, can open up when it hot but still no musqito insight.

 

Sleeping mat

We have bought second hand sleepings mats online and we both have the same one.

Therm-a-rest

Self inflating

These are pretty long: 197 cm. And 65 cm wide. But we wanted a little comfort aswell.

Weight: about a kilo per mat.

It is easily cleaned with some water and soap (make sure the sun is able to dry to matts in time before you go to bed on them again 😉 )

We do fill up the mats with extra air. Because the self inflating system is not enought to sleep comfortable on.

It looks a bit like this one, but the color is brown on the not sleeping side and blue/green on the sleeping side.

shopping

 

Sleeping bag

I have a light weight sleeping bag from Xenos, but I’m always cold in it, so my partners uses it now.

And his one is also a light weight one. And an oldie.

So we are looking for new ones this year. Any one suggestions? 🙂

To not be cold I wear long sweatpants and a fleece vest.

 

Pillow

We have a cheap but wide and flat pillow that we have to inflate.

I have tried a small one, but I hated it. It was too round, too small and I “lost” the pillow during the night, all the time! Grrrr.

So in France I’ve bought this one from Intex.

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10 Things I Never Travel Without

By lonnekeontour 2014.03.17 in Uncategorized

As we are traveling, we take a lot of stuff with us, we try to travel lighter each time.

We’ve hiked with a heavy backpack and we did a 5-week bike tour in summertime with 4 panniers…each.

But there are some things I never go without.

These 10 things I never travel without…

 

1. Zipp lock bags – to keep precious belongings dry and organized.

2. Books…. maybe will transfer to ebooks, someday but for now I take the books. Mostly second hand books (so no extra trees had to go down). They smell like adventure. I like to read books about travel. My prefer authors are: Dolf de Vries (Dutch), Caroline Drinkwater

3. Flip-flops. Going swimming, showering is not-so-clean showers, relaxing. They don’t require a lot of space, are inexpensive and easily replaced and come in fun, happy colors. I love Teva.

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4. Smartphone. It’s my camera, my connection with home and sometimes internet, sometimes my routemap and guide

5. Watch. I always want to know the time. How many hours of daylight untile we have to find a campsight, how much water have we drank in the last hours, etc. I like to take care of myself. Travel is finding a balance of letting go and taking controle.

6. Notebook and a pen. To write down the adventures I do not want to forget. To know where we have been.

7. Lipbalm. I get crazy if my lips are burning!

8. Hand sanitizer. Have saved me serveral times. No need to waste water to wash hands, to get ride of oil and grease (which you will get while riding a bike for several weeks) and so on.

9. Flashlight without batteries, I think it is called a squeezer. In Dutch it is: ‘knijpkat’.

10. Cap or hat. For some reasonI get headaches when out in the sun with a cat of hat. So need this!

 

What things don’t you travel without?

 

About me

Hi there, I'm Lonneke Boons, 29 years old and from The Netherlands.

And in love with the outdoors. I had my first vegetable garden at the age of 4, the same age I 'climbed' my first mountain in Austria. At the age fo 16 I've lived in the US for a year as an exchange student and had the best time. I (try to) do 1/8 Triathlons and hike, bike, kayak and ski through life. Last summer my fiance and I traveled by bike through the south of France and Spain.

"Collect memories, not things".

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