Obviously, I would keep my bicycle. This is the first grown-up bike I have owned and we've been through so much together. I took this beauty with me when I left for college, riding out what is now called The Links trail for some much-needed escape from the busy campus life at University of Nebraska at Kearney. I rode to and from Arizona State University in Tempe as a graduate student and to University of California, Riverside along bike lanes and trolley routes. I've taken this bike down to Newport Beach along the San Gabriel River Trail. It's one of my core possessions that is almost as important to me as my heart.
I would keep a journal. I've been writing in a journal since I was about 12 or 13. I kept one all through high school. I wrote periodically through college and started writing regularly again in graduate school. Of course, I would try to keep something lightweight, but this is a deal-breaker, I would not undertake a journey of a lifetime without a hardcopy journal. There's no need for electricity, but I would also need to being a pen or two to write, sketch, and think.
There are several water bottles that I've had over the years that I love. On a long trip, I would have to bring at least one water bottle. I like one that has writing on it that shows where you biked from. I used to have one from Arizona but it got so old and weathered that it started leaking from the side. The one I carry now is from California and I think that if I went on a long trip, I would like to keep that one or something like it. Obviously the helmet is a necessity. The things you have to bring are not as fun as the things you choose to bring, but can we just go ahead and include tools, pump, patch kit, spare tubes, and panniers as one thing?
I would need a tent. And a sleeping bag. Can we use our bicycle lights as a flashlight? I don't think I would bring an entire camping stove. I don't think I would bring lots of food either. I saw the video below a while back and it really stuck with me.
I would definitely have to take some toiletries. Does this mean I would need a small towel? I gotta wash my face, hair, body and brush my teeth. Also have to include sunscreen. I guess I would also have to include some clothing so I'm not biking naked. This means socks, bike shorts, jersey, jacket, sports bra, and shoes. Possibly also a hat and sunglasses.
I'm sure I'm up to my 10 items. What's on your list?