I organize my panniers "functionally", and tend not to worry as much about balance. One front pannier has only food/snacks in it; the other has all my cooking gear. When I arrive in camp, it's easy get at when preparing the meal. It also makes it easy to stow the food etc. from critters; I can hang the front panniers very easily.
In the most accessable rear pannier (my left) I put my rain gear, warm clothes I might want during the day, and the clothes I expect to put on at camp. The other rear pannier has the rest of my clothes, camp shoes, maps I am not using, and generally things I won't need during the day. I line the rear panniers with garbage bags, and also use pannier rain covers. Things *have* to stay dry, like tickets & maps get thier own plastic bag.
I use a handlebar bag for things that must be secure, and things I use during the day; my wallet, camera, first aid kit, sunglasses, mosquito repellant/sun screen, and binoculars.
My tent, sleeping bag, and pad are strapped to the back rack. My tools are in a seat bag.
This load travels pretty well.
This message was edited by alh on 1-9-05 @ 7:21 PM