When Ewan and I were on our recent cycletour of the Rebellion Way, we chatted to several families about cycletouring with children and they were keen to know what we pack. One dad suggested a “What do we pack” video, so here you go!

It’s no carefuly curated, perfect pack, but the actual unpacking as soon as we got back from our tour, keeping it real! I explain some of the reasons why I pack what I do, what experience has taught me and the mindset I approach this with. Do drop a comment on the video if you have questions, alternative suggestions or tips to share.

Below the video on this post, you will see a list with everything I mention and links to products where I can find them online to buy.

Our Bikes

  • Genesis Tour De Fer 10 – upgraded with hub dynamo and front rack
  • Trek Mountain Bike – converted to a touring bike with rear rack, mudguards and touring tyres.

On Our Bikes

Ewan’s top bag

Saddle Bag

Pocket 1

Pocket 2


Handlebar Bag

This is where I keep stuff that I need regular quick access to while cycling.

Rear Panniers

A new purchase, I used Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Rear Pannier Bags – 40l.

Pannier One

(the pannier for once I’ve pitched with clothes and food in etc)

Pannier Two

(The pannier I need as soon as I get to the campsite ready to pitch my tent)

Front Panniers (Carradice Super C)

  • Deck/Beach shoes
  • Trainers
  • Dirty Washing!
  • Cycling Shorts
  • Rucksack in a bag
  • Microfibre Towel
  • Running Shorts
  • Down Jacket in drybag
  • Drybag containing wash stuff
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Little Soap Co Soap in a plastic container
    • Tropic Skin Salve for burns etc.
    • Vaseline

Ewan’s Panniers

  • Cup
  • Squash (neat)
  • Rucksack in a bag
  • OEX Sleeping Bag
  • Forclaz Blow Up mattress
  • Trainers
  • Clothes
  • Inflatable Pillow
  • Box of flapjacks and brownies