To save packing space and still remotely resemble a respectable citizen of the world rather than a sketchy roadside vagabond, see if you can pack gear that’s versatile. Using multi-functional gear is a great way to be prepared for most scenarios while not lugging too much stuff around.
Here are a few items that can be used in different ways.
Mosko Moto Duffel
Mosko Moto makes awesome soft luggage – but at the same time, they keep the backpacking and camping side of things in mind, too. The Mosko Moto Backcountry duffel bag works as your top luggage but can also be used as a backpack – it has two hidden shoulder straps that can be easily pulled out and attached. On top of that, the beaver tail allows you to add or contract space (wet jackets, anyone?), and they can also be used as food or tool trays.
I just can’t deal with cold temperatures, and riding RTW, severe changes in climate, altitude and weather can occur within a matter of hours. My heated jacket is one of my favorite gear items because I can use it as prescribed, plugged in to my bike and keeping me warm, or as a day jacket off the bike. It’s so versatile I practically live in it!
A dromedary bag can be used for its primary purpose and ensure you always have enough water to drink, cook, and wash with, but it can also double as a shower – simply hang it on a tree branch and enjoy! On top of that, it can be used as a pillow or as a hot water bottle – fill up with hot water and stick it in your sleeping bag to keep warm.
I’ve also heard dental floss can be used for sewing, old tire tubes can be cut up into handy and sturdy rubber bands, and latex gloves can protect you from grease when working on the bike or getting your hands wet when it rains.
What are your favorite versatile ADV gear items?