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135 full-color pages of photos, stories, anecdotes, illustrations, journal pages maps and more!In addition to the four major sections on Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand I have included some back story on both my first (and unsuccessful) attempt to motorcycle through China as well as how the planning for the trip came together.I have chosen the very best of the more than 4,000 photos from the trip as well as the most humorous, moving and fascinating of the several hundred anecdotes for Southeast Asia on 2 Wheels.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

What to Take with You on the Road

Riders thinking about motorcycling China & SE Asia often ask me what they should bring with them on the road.  So, here is a basic list of items to have with you.  Keep in mind, you can buy almost all of it when you get there.  Don't fly this crap with you on the airplane - they will think you're a terrorist!

(For Southeast Asia)

For You:
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Crocs shoes (fake) - they are great for muddy southeast Asia.  The holes let them drain water and you can wash them and dry them in the sun.  Finally, they protect your feet.
  • Sunscreen (Bring a good one from home SPF45)
  • Army-surplus style fatigue pants or really durable cargo pants.
  • Good army-style socks.
A toolkit for the Bike:
  • Electrical tape
  • Multi-purpose tool (all-in-one)
  • Extra electrical wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Zip-ties (might bring from home)
  • Bunjee net (bring from home) - or at least some bunjee cords (buy in China)
Remember, you can buy almost all of this stuff on the road while you are travelling - that's where all of this crap was made in the first place!  I will talk more about repairs in the next post.

1 comment:

Toby said...

Hi Chris
My friend and I are planning a trip from Laos to Nepal. We would prefer to go through China and Tibet along the Himalayan Highway (apparently not much of a highway) but thats ok, since we're planning on buying to old but good 250 cc Honda dirtbikes in Laos where we know someone who sells them.
We have a few questions we would really like to ask since it seems that experience with travelling through China om MC's is scarse.
Please throw me an email on
That would be fantastic.