Pack List

packing-before
Sorting equipment

At the risk of exposing myself to public ridicule, below is my packing list for my ride from St. Joseph to Salt Lake City. I know: the list is absurdly long. And for what it’s worth, it will be considerably shorter when I ride the rougher half of the route in the fall (Salt Lake to Sacramento).

What makes this particularly embarrassing is that while researching the Pony Express, I read quite a few books and articles about the emigration from the States to Oregon and California. One of the phenomena every diarist and subsequent writer comments on is the amount of superfluous equipment emigrants packed—stoves, anvils, grandfather clocks, plows, etc.—and how most of the items ended up littering the side of the road from Ft. Laramie west. Even in 2015, Rinker Buck, a modern-day wagoneer recreating the emigrant experience in a mule-drawn covered wagon, found he had packed too far more gear than he needed. (Rather than cast it off the side of the trail, however, he donated it to a thrift store.) So if nothing else, overpacking is a venerable tradition on the Oregon Trail (which is the same as the Pony Express trail east of South Pass).

packing-after
Packed and ready for the trailer

I’ll be interested to see which items I would better have done without at the end of the trip. I did pare the list down some: the items in brackets are things I considered bringing, or took on my scouting trips, and have decided I do not need on this one. I have left them here (and on my private list) as a way of knowing I have considered the item the rejected it, and that it hasn’t been omitted due to my attention.

In case the list is helpful to anyone else, here is a PDF version.

 
  • Kitchen
    • Cook Kit
    • X-Bowl
    • Cup/lid
    • Stove
    • Fuel bottle
    • Fuel
    • Funnel
    • Matches/Lighter
    • Wind Guard
    • Spork
    • Spatula
    • Coffee scoop (Tbsp)
    • Multi-Knife
    • Towel
    • Trash bag(s)
    • Detergent
    • Napkin
    • Sponge
    • Basin
    • Can opener
    • [Cutting board]
    • [Camp Stool]
    • [Coffee Press]
    • [Bean grinder]
  • Food
    • Breakfast [Oatmeal/Raisins/Sugar]
    • Lunch [Tortillas/PB/Nutella]
    • Dinner [Dehydrated]
    • Snacks [Larabar/ClifBar]
    • Coffee [Instant]
    • Loksak Bags
    • [Bear canister]
  • Electronics
    • iPhone 8
    • iPad/Keyboard
    • Radar
    • Mophie
    • Earbuds
    • iPhone 8+ (Navigation)
    • Spot X (Satellite GPS)
    • Solar Panel (Charged?)
    • Headlamp (Charged?)
    • Small flashlight
    • Charging Cords
    • Running lights-front/rear
    • Trailer taillight
    • GoPro/Batteries/Charger
    • GoPro Stick
    • [GoPro Harness]
    • [Headlight]
  • Sleep
    • Tent [Tent/poles/stakes]
    • Ground cover
    • Sleeping Pad (Inflatable)
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Pillow (Inflatable)
  • Parts 
    • Trailer axle
    • Spare tube–bike
    • Spare tube–trailer
    • Patch kit
    • Tire boot(s)
    • Tire irons
    • Multi-tool
    • Inflater/cartridges
    • Pump
    • Valve stem tool
    • Hole-plug tool
    • Chain oil and rag
    • Spare chain links
    • Spare brake rotor
    • Spare shifter cable
    • Lock
    • Wrenches [8mm/17mm]
    • [Sealant]
    • [Spare tire]
  • Body
    • Deodorant
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip Balm
    • Hand cleaner
    • Soap/Shampoo
    • Razor (Spare blades)
    • Huggies
    • Visine
    • Hair tie(s)
    • Bidet [Bottle/soap/cloth]
    • Chamois Creme
    • Bug Spray
  • Hygene
    • Tooth Brush
    • Tooth Paste
    • Floss
    • Body Wash
    • Towel
    • Lotion
    • Facemask
    • Pee bottle
    • Camp shovel
    • TP
    • [Wash cloth]
  • Fluids
    • Water bottle
    • Hydration bladder
    • Naglene bottles (2 x 48oz)
    • Fork Racks (For nalgene bottles)
    • Water filtration
    • Nuun
    • [Recovery drink]
  • Clothes 
    • Bike Shorts (2)
    • S/S T-shirt (2)
    • L/S T-shirt
    • Sun shirt
    • Riding Underwear (2)
    • Off-Bike Underwear
    • Capilene bottoms
    • Riding socks (2)
    • Shoes (Bike)
    • Shoes (off-bike)
    • Helmet
    • Sweatband/beanie
    • Gloves 
    • Micro puff jacket
    • Micro puff pants
    • Sleep Pants
    • Sleep Top
    • Rain gear (Jacket/pants/overshoes)
    • Laundry soap
    • Clothes line
    • [Off-Bike shorts]
    • [Off-bike socks]
    • [Long-fingered gloves]
    • [Flip Flops]
    • [Thermal beanie]
    • [Vest]
    • [Arm warmers]
    • [Leg warmers]
  • Eyes 
    • Riding glasses
    • Regular glasses
    • Lens Cleaner/Cloth
  • Drugs
    • Motrin/Tylenol
    • Benadryl
    • EpiPen
  • Personal
    • Drivers License/State ID
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Checkbook
    • Proof of Insurance
    • [AAA card]
  • Misc
    • First Aid kit
    • Permissions
    • Camp chair
    • Bike flag
    • XP Stamp
    • Book
    • Notebook/pen/ink; postcards/stamps
    • Stove repair kit
    • Tent repair kit
    • Earplugs
    • Garbage bag (For rain)
    • [Book/Kindle]
    • [Trailer alarm]
    • [Stool]
    • [Quarters-shower]
    • [Watercolors]
    • [Batteries–AA and AAA]