Best baggage solution for cycling and bicycle trips in South East Asia
I’ve been living here and cycling in the country for 8 years now, and every time we head out, I notice that my load is always a little bit lighter.
I like to travel as light as possible. We’re going long distance, where less means more.
- At the moment, I use a 16 liter dry bag on both the saddle and the handlebars. I never really use more than half their holding capacity, but they’re small and easy to handle.
- I also take a small dry bag for my camera, a spare battery and any other small stuff that I might need.
- Spare tubes and tires get zip-tied to the frame and save space in the bags.
- The dust, rain, mud and humidity are all killers of camera equipment, so it’s important to have ‘dry’ bags that will keep it all protected.
- If you’ve got some old bags and don’t want to shell out on new ones, I recommend at least finding some cheap dry bags and using them as an outer shell for the bags you already have.
- Normal dry bags (not specifically for biking) are cheap and available all over Southeast Asia, and they come in a variety of sizes from just phone size up to 60 liters.
- There are two ways that I keep my camera and phone not just safe, but ready to shoot as quickly as possible.
- During the dry season, I use a tiny frame bag attached to the handlebars.
- On more soggy occasions, I use a slightly bigger dry bag that’s fitted over the main bag. They are both very quick to open and close, and a great place to throw the electronics if it starts to rain.