I have started fiddling around with my stuff at home to estimate weights. I don’t have a precise scale, so my numbers may be off, but I did the best shot I could.
I used one of the 2L drysack’s to pack the following:
- 1 pair of tights
- 1 tshirt (Eat Sleep Ride Repeat of course!)
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 60 ibuprofen, 20 calcium tabs, 10 glucosamine pills, 10 melatonin – my estimate for what “meds” I want for 10 days of riding. Perhaps if i’m ahead of schedule I can gorge myself on painkillers.
- 30 fabric bandaids
- 14 lithium AA batteries
- Sleeping bag
All in, it was just under 5 lbs (less than half my weight limit)
Now some things to add in (in no particular order)
- Sweater (s)
- Socks (oops this should have been in the essential kit above!)
- Rain jacket/windbreaker and rain pants (or opt to wear this over startline)
- Weight of saddle bag
- good ol’ duct tape
- Perhaps a razor and deodorant as my luxury item (I did my first RNT with armpit stubble and it was horribly painful!)
- Baby wipes/athletic wipes
Any suggestions what I should add to this list?
I’m having some bag woes right now. It appears that the saddle bag sent in my treasurebox may be defective -the slats to tie it to the saddle appear to be fully glued down. So I am shopping for a suitable alternative. Anyone have recommendations here? It must be cantle pack, lightweight, and have some waterproofness ideally.
I am hoping to use a hiking backpack/hydration pack that I have had sitting in my basement for a few years so if that’s the case, it will help reduce my need for a saddle pack. Unfortunately I won’t know until I get my saddle back – last time I tried to ride in the backpack – my bum got pinched between the cantle and the base of the saddle. I did 12 miles of that, and it was more than enough bum pinching. So until I can ride in the whole getup, I will be researching all my options. The other side too is once I am committed to one or the other, I am stuck with it. Backpack may seem good now, but I may regret that when I am exhausted from carrying it in km 999 (whereas the horse only has to deal with it 40km at a time)