Comfort: Sleep well, eat well, and the rest comes
Two aspects of my equipment are particularly important to me. If you live on a bike for six months, you should be able to sleep well and have proper meals. Therefore I decided to buy a big enough tent, a good sleeping bag with inlay and most of all a good pad, which gives me the necessary comfort to be fit again on the bike the next day. Nevertheless, every now and then you have to find a good compromise between weight and comfort.
On the subject of "nutrition" I rediscovered the gourmet in me. First of all, I learned on previous trips that you should never rely on the assortment of foreign outdoor shops regarding gas cartridge standards. So if you don't want to cook over tea lights, it should be a multi-fuel stove. This can be operated with gas, alcohol and petrol, even kerosene.
In small film cans I carry "vital" spices with me. Curry, Himalayan salt, pepper, oregano, a garlic mixture and the most important thing: a green and a red curry paste, which effortlessly conjure up a real meal out of every vegetable. In Latin America it is not easy to find curry pastes and so I decided to choose the brand I trust and simply packed it into an empty XXL can of Tick Tacks. Even a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and another sauce, packed in small bottles, find space in my bags.
I stow the necessary water supply in two bladders, which I place in a baking roller and in the frame bag. On remote parts of the journey I also have a backup canister on the rack. On the Ortlieb panniers there are two additional bottles, which are used as emergency rations. For the water treatment I decided to use the chemical variant with tablets. It weighs less, works fast and cannot break as quickly as a filter.