Dublin to Nepal

Gear for a year

We were supposed to be heading off today, Monday the 6th of July but woke up to this email in my inbox. 

Bad weather cancelled our afternoon boat and the 20:55 ferry got us in too late so we are off tomorrow instead. Bit of a bummer, but what’s a day in a year.

In the meantime here is a post outlining the gear I’m setting off with. I’m actually going to be interested to see how much of this changes over the year as we get rid of stuff that turned out not to be necessary and pick up things we didn’t realise we need. For now though, here’s the gear list as we set off.


  • Shorts x2
  • Merino t-shirt x2
  • Cycle Jersey
  • Long pants
  • Wool jumper
  • Merino mid layer
  • Down jacket
  • Merino socks x3
  • Merino underwear x3
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Shalwar pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Walking shoes
  • SPD Shoes (Shimano MT71)
  • Buff

Camping Equipmet

  • Bivvy bag (Terra Nova Jupiter)
  • Thermarest ground mat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pot
  • MSR Multifuel Whisperlight Stove
  • Fuel canister
  • Knife, fork, spoon, cup
  • Head torch
  • Camelback Podium Water bottle
  • Water-to-go Filter water bottles x2 I have to make a special mention here as the guys at Water To Go heard about our trip and very kindly provided these water bottles. Being able to fill up on drinking water in the wild is going to make our lives much easier, thanks guys.
  • Camping chair (not pictured)
  • Thermal blanket
  • Towel

Bike tools

  • Inner tubes x2
  • Patch kit
  • Folding Allen wrenches
  • Electrical tape
  • Cable ties
  • Pedal wrench
  • Spoke key
  • Leatherman multitool
  • Shift and brake cables
  • Pump
  • Grease
  • Chain tool
  • Chain links
  • Spokes
  • Lubricant
  • Gorilla tape
  • Lock
  • Tyre levers


  • MP3 player
  • Kindle
  • iPad
  • X-Mini Speaker
  • Plug Adaptor
  • Spare battery


  • Dry bag stuff sacks
  • Lightweight day bag
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellant
  • Journal
  • Notebook
  • Pens, pencil, marker, highlighter
  • Flag of Nepal

So that’s a somewhat exhaustive list of the gear I’m bringing. We’re doubtlessly going to pick stuff up and drop stuff along the way but I’m feeling pretty well prepared for the start of the trip. Once again a big thanks to the guys at water to go for the filter water bottles, should save us a bunch of hassle.

Hopefully we’ll be on the boat tomorrow and can get this trip underway.


2 thoughts on “Gear for a year

  1. Carly says:

    Hugo! I’m so glad to read that you’re doing another bike tour. We met briefly ( for sushi and at a hostel) in Sapporo many moons ago. You inspire me to do another backpacking trip ASAP! Good luck on your tour. Can’t wait to read about it.



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