Bike camping packing list for 5 days and 4 nights

Bike camping packing list for 5 days and 4 nights

The System

  • Maya Cycles Trailer. Use a luggage scale to make sure you are under the max weight of 65 pounds.
  • Bungee cords to strap everything onto the trailer
  • Topeak handlebar bag
  • Saddle bag
  • Top tube bag
  • Dual bottle cages on rear seat post
  • 1 bottle cage on center tube
  • Terry bicycles saddle. It was uncomfortable at the end of the ride. I am going to try a Brooks saddle next time.
  • Rear fender (didn’t have but wish I did)

The Big Stuff

This all got strapped down on top of my red bag.

  • Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 MTNGLO Tent
  • Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent footprint
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow

Everything below went into the red Maya Cycles bag.

Each section below goes inside its own ziplock bag.

Electronics
Needless to say, begin every trip with all electronics fully charged.

  • Cell phone, adapter & charging cable
  • Garmin Edge 810 & charging cable
  • Mio Heart Rate Monitor & charging cable (optional)
  • Tomtom Multisport watch with charging cable (optional). I use this as a backup in case I run out of juice on my Edge. Also, I can wear this to track any hikes, runs, swims, or other activities I do.
  • External battery charger. This thing weighs a ton but worth its weight in gold!!!!! It charged all my devices during the trip (phone x2, Edge x2, & Mio HRM x1) and it barely drained the battery.
  • AA & AAA spare batteries
  • Bike head light & tail light fully charged. I like these because you don’t need any tools to attach, just wrap it around your handlebars.
  • Hanging light for inside my tent (I didn’t really need this because my tent has lights inside of it already, but good to have as another light source)
  • Head lamp (I use this all the time, and I wear it around my neck late afternoon so it’s handy. It gets dark really fast!!)
  • Steripen
  • Flash light

My “purse” which is a small wristlet (recommend to get a waterproof plastic pouch that can easily slip into the back pocket of a jersey)

  • Lip balm
  • 2 credit cards
  • ID
  • Cash
  • Pen
  • 1 Advil, 1 Benadryl
  • Spare contact lens

Clothes

  • 4 complete kits (jersey, shorts, socks, sports bralette, underwear) each wrapped in its own ziplock bag
  • Yoga pants & long sleeve shirt (pajamas). I changed into these after each ride. I did not bring any “street” clothes.
  • Medium microfiber towel for showers or anything else that needs wiping down
  • Hiking shoes (optional). I brought but found that I didn’t need.
  • Flip flops, clogs, or anything that you can easily slip your feet into (this is helpful for getting in and out of your tent quickly and for showers).
  • Extra underwear
  • Bathing suit?
  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof helmet cover

The kitchen

  • Burner (nestled inside the pot)
  • Tall pot
  • Lighter
  • 2 Propane cannisters

Toiletry bag – must bring with you to bathroom

Recommend one with a hanging strap or loop. I used a nylon type of bag with a loop that can be snapped open and closed.
Get travel sized versions of everything to save on weight and space.

  • Fully charged electric toothbrush (night time brushing)
  • Regular toothbrush (morning brushing)
  • Toothpaste
  • Contact lens case (for rinsing only)
  • Floss (I only floss when in a real bathroom)
  • Listerine mouthwash
  • Small microfiber towel for washing up (teeth brushing, hand-washing, face-washing, etc). Get one with a loop!
  • Soap (great versatile soap for washing yourself, clothes, dishes, etc.)

Other sundries – can do in privacy of your own tent

  • Glasses
  • Eyeglass cleaner & wipe
  • Medication
  • Sleep balm
  • Hair brush
  • Contact solution (take out and put in contacts in tent)

Skin care

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Bug bite balm
  • Band aids

Water

  • 3 full water bottles
  • 3 MSR Dromlite 2L hydration bag (1 or 2 fully filled, 1 empty). I had 3 fully filled when I began this trip which is about 15 pounds of water weight and it was just way too much weight and made my trailer really shaky and unstable.
  • Shower kit (optional)

Bike stuff

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike shoes
  • Bike repair kit
    • 2 tubes for bike
    • 1 tube for trailer
    • 3 tire levers
    • Extra skewer for trailer
    • Hand pump for presta valve
    • Multi-tool

Food

I made a baggie for each day, but I would do it differently next time. I didn’t need any silverware or plates or bowls since everything came in its own container. This is convenient as it’s cleaner and you don’t need to wash dishes, but it does create waste and adds extra weight.

  • 5 dehydrated food bags (dinner)
  • 5 cup of noodles (supper)
  • 5 Oatmeal cups (breakfast)
  • 5 Belvita crackers (breakfast)
  • 5 PB&J sandwiches (lunch)
  • 5 Tunafish “to go” packs (lunch). The tunafish pouches work fine though. Get some mayonnaise packets from Wawa or any fast food place, and you have yourself a nice a tuna salad right out of the pouch.
  • 5 snack bars
  • Napkins
  • Plastic forks & spoons

So my breakfast is an oatmeal cup and Belvita cracker. Lunch is a PB&J sandwich and a tunafish pack. Dinner is a dehydrated food bag and ramen noodles. I brought the snack bars but found that I didn’t need them at all.

Other crap

  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag
  • Hair tye
  • Pocket tissues
  • Pocket knife
  • Hand sanitizer. Very important!! I kept this in my handlebar bag.
  • Book, puzzles, magazines. Didn’t use, but thought it would be good to have for entertainment.
  • Extra plastic bags
  • Sit pad

About The Author

Allison

Allison rides 4-5 times a week with various cycling clubs in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. When not riding, she spends her time researching and planning her next ride. Allison also runs and competes in triathlons.

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