i am now putting the thermarest in the bag with the tent and sleeping bag. managed to get the backpack inside as well now. can usually get the cloths i need in there, then tool kit, extra visor, water and beer in the panniers (have a little extra space for missions specific gear too).
thinking about a stove these days. jet boil the way to go?
this is a great thread. good way to glean ideas from others.