Packing list, short trip

This is a note-to-self more than anything.  I tend to get stressed before trips and I feel it takes me too long to get ready.  The fact I have similar packing lists for biking and hiking trips, but with crucial differences, makes packing harder because I can’t go on autopilot; I don’t take windbreakers or arm warmers (or a pump) when I hike, but I do when I bike.  I’ll probably update and refine this entry over time, but I wanted to write it down while stuff from a recent trip was laying on my floor.  Figured I may as well share it with others.  If any readers want to post their own lists in the comments section, that’d be cool. – RM

Packing List for One- to Five-day Rides
Some items may be unnecessary, depending on distance, duration, destination and weather.

Food: 2,500 cal/day (for up to 5 days)
Bk
L
D
Snacks
Water bottles/reservoir filled

Clothes
Feet:

Socks/knee socks, one pair

Bike shoes
Walking/camp shoes

Bottom:
Underwear/compression shorts

Riding shorts, outer

Long pants, nylon, wind proof

Top:
Short-sleeve shirt, wool or synth
Arm warmers
Insulating layer, windstopper fleece or wool
Wind shirt or wind vest

Cold and Wet Layers:

Hat/Balaklava
Rain coat

Rain pants
Gloves, insulating
Gloves, vapor barrier
Vapor barrier socks/plastic bags – inner
Plastic bags for feet – outer

Glasses:
Sunglasses
Reading glasses

Night/”Dry or Die”
Base layer, bottom / tights

Base layer, top
Wool socks, dry
Hat, dry
Jacket: down or synth
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Shelter
Toiletries:
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, soap, sun screen, bleach, hand sanitizer, lip balm
Eating:
Stove, fuel, lighter
Cook pot and lid
Cup, bowl and spoon
Water treatment
Water bottles or reservoir
Scrubby sponge
Extras:

Towel
Swim suit and goggles
Sketch pad and pen

Emergency:
First Aid kit (check contents)
Fingerless gloves
Beacon

Repair kit and tools, pump, spare inner tubes
Maps and compass
GPS way-finding device
Lights: front, rear, check operation
Head lamp
Extra batteries (if no generator)
Camp rope

ID
Money
Credit card
Insurance card, blood donor card
Permits
Business cards

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Have fun and stay healthy,
Robert
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Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2012 Robert Matson