A bikepacker’s pack list

If you are considering venturing on a bike-packing tour, it’s important to pack as light and compact as possible. There are plenty of companies out there who sell backpacker-friendly equipment, supporting the needs of lightweight camping and travelling. We went to some big outlets: GoOutdoors, Mountain Warehouse and SportsDirect to name a few, but turned to small independent operations for some crucial bits: Katie’s bike was picked up from Richard at Oxford Bike Works – we’ll certainly do a post about Richard at some point.

bike boxes flying bicycles travelling

In the beginning when the idea of a bike tour was just taking shape, we felt way out of our depth and somewhat ill-equipped for a multi-month bike tour across several countries. Equipment from Chris’ 28-day bike tour in 2014 didn’t quite cut the mustard for the trip we had in mind. Defeated and disheartened from our fruitless brainstorming, we turned to online blogs written by those more wise than us – not all of them bike tourers, but all with great ideas. Now it’s our turn to give back to the adventure community in the form of our own pack list!

Airport packed bike touring flying
At the airport; packed and ready to go!

 

Bags

? 6 x panniers (4x Ortlieb & 2x Basil XL)

? 2 x handlebar bags (1 is actually a dog carrier)

? 1 x duffle bag

? 1 x rucksack

? 2 x 40 litre dry bags (our hand luggage for the flight)

? 2 x 15 litre dry bags – (laptop bag allowance for the flight)

Cooking Equipment 

? 1 x MSR Superfly camping stove

? 4 x camping saucepans (doubling as bowls)

? 6 x sports bottles

? 2x plastic bowl/plates

? 1 x frying pan

? 1 x collapsible rubber strainer

? 2 x sporks

? 1 x spatula

? 1 x kitchen sink – a hard showercap

? 4 x small sandwich bags for spices

? 15 litre water carrier

Camping Equipment

? 1 x Wild Country Hoolie ETC 3 tent

? 1 x Ceres 2-season double sleeping bag

? 1 x Andes Explorer 5cm double self-inflating mat

? 2 x travel pillows

? 1 x tarpaulin

? 4 x adjustable straps (webbing, 2omm x 2m)

? 4 x bungee chords

? 1 x USB rechargeable tent light

? 1 x camp mirror

? 1 x 20L solar shower

Clothes (per person)

? 4 x padded cycling shorts 

? 4 x pairs of socks 

? 1 x ‘civilisation’ outfit – an outfit that doesn’t consist of ANY biking gear

? 1 x cleated cycling shoes

?  1 x sandals/walking shoes

? 1 x cycling glasses

? 1 x hat/bandanna

? 3 x underwear

? 1 x trousers

? 4 x long sleeved tops

? 1 x shorts

? 1 x waterproof trousers

Technology

? 2 x Samsung Galaxy Note 3 

? 1 x selfie stick 

? 1 x battery charging pack 

? 1 x Garmin Edge Touring Plus

? 1 x Quadlock handlebar phone mount

? 1 x iPod nano

Toiletries 

? 1 x High Gear first aid kit 3

? 1 x TangleTeezer 

? 2 x foldable toothbrushes 

? 1 x multiple paracetamol and multivitamins 

? 1 x baby powder

? 2 x wet wipes

? 1 x nappy bags

? 1 x antiseptic cream

? 1 x needle & thread

? 2 x dry shower spray

? 2 x travel soap 

? 1 x tweezers

? 1 x nail clippers

Bike Tools & Spares

? 1 x ABUS D lock

? 1 x cable lock

? 1 x XL bike cover

? 1 x Crank Brothers Multi-tool

? 1 x metric Alan/hex keys

? 2 x spare Schwalbe Marathon tyres