Here is my complete bikepacking gear list – a detailed listing of each and every item I carry with me on my off-road bikepacking adventures.
My Complete Bikepacking Gear List:
Feel free to use this bikepacking gear list as a template for your own bikepacking adventures. Pay attention to the bike I’m riding, the bikepacking bags I’m carrying my belongings in, the clothes I’m wearing, the bike tools I’m traveling with, and my notes on the various items I’m carrying with me.
Please note that food and water is not included in this particular bikepacking gear list. The amount of food and water you chose to carry depends on where you are in the world and how far it is to your next re-supply point. Always leave room inside your bikepacking bags for extra food and drinks.
The way I set up my bikepacking rig, I have two regular water bottles mounted to the sides of the front fork and an additional water bottle mounted on the underside of my bicycle’s down-tube.
While there may only be three water bottle cages on my bikepacking bicycle, I actually have the ability to carry a total of 5 water bottles, thanks to the two Rattlesnake Stem/Bar bags I have mounted on the backside of my handlebars.
These two small bags make bikepacking an absolute joy! Now there’s no longer a need to bend over and wrestle with your water bottle cages each time you need to take a drink. With your water now situated right in front of you, staying hydrated has never been easier.
The wooden multi-tool I carry is a little on the heavy side, but it has all the Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and such that most bikepackers need. The only thing missing in a chain tool, which can come in handy at times.
In the event I need to remove my tires from the rim of my wheel, I’m carrying two small plastic tire levers along with all the other tools in my bikepacking gear list.
Be sure to add chain lube to your bikepacking gear list! Then be sure to clean your chain and apply new lube on a regular basis. The terrain you’re cycling through will dictate how often your chain needs to be cleaned and lubed.
For preparing food, I carry a small folding knife with me on my bikepacking adventures. I use this knife to cut food up, peel fruit, and perform other simple tasks around camp. It could, however, be used as a weapon of self-defense if need be.
I bought this long-sleeved cycling jersey from Fox, thinking that I would rarely, if ever, wear it, but it has turned out to be my favorite cycling jersey ever. The jersey is light enough that I can wear it even in hot weather and the sleeves help to protect my arms when cycling through trees and bushes.
I don’t ride in a pair of special bicycle shorts. I just cycle in a pair of black Hurley shorts – like the kind you might find at your local surf/skate shop. I find these to be more than comfortable for my bikepacking adventures.
The REI Rhyolite rain jacket is lightweight, super compact, waterproof and great for blocking out the wind. It can be squeezed into any empty spaces you might have inside your bikepacking bags, but it isn’t very warm, so it needs to be used in conjunction with a warmer, insulating jacket.
My main insulating layer is a fleece jacket from Columbia. You can wear a jacket like this during the day while you are cycling and then wear it to sleep, if need be, when you’re confronted with cooler weather conditions.
For sleeping at night, I pack a small, light and compact pair of fleece pants. These pants are great to wear around camp or inside my tent while I’m sleeping.
In addition to the single bike jersey I ride in each each day, I also have at least one T-shirt that I wear to around camp, walk around town in, and use to sleep in at night.
2 Pairs of Underwear
No bikepacking gear list is complete without at least a pair or two of underwear. I rotate between the two pairs of underwear I carry – with one pair almost constantly being in the process of being cleaned or dried.
Full-Finger Cycling Gloves
I use a pair of Fox mountain bike gloves to protect my hands as they bounce and move around in rocky off-road terrain. These full-finger gloves also work to keep my hands warm in cooler weather conditions.
3 Pairs of Black Socks
I pack three pairs of black socks on my bikepacking trips. Black helps to hide the dirt! I rotate between two pairs of socks when I’m cycling and then keep a third pair for sleeping in at night.
A quality pair of sunglasses are essential for any type of bikepacking gear list. I have a pair of Nike sunglasses that I’ve been using for years, but almost any pair of sunglasses will do.
When I crawl into my tent at night, the first thing I usually do is plug my earphones in and start listening to a podcast. I will cycle with the earphones in my ears in some instances, but that rarely happens.
When I’m bikepacking, I go extremely light on the toiletries. I’m usually only carrying a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a tiny roll of dental floss. Soap, shampoo and other toiletries are only essential on longer bikepacking expeditions.
Finally, I carry my drivers license, cash and credit cards inside a lightweight zippered travel wallet. I prefer a zippered wallet because it helps to prevent my important from falling out as I cycle over rough terrain.
So, there you have it! That’s everything on my current bikepacking gear list. As you can see, I’m packing only the bare essentials and leaving many of the extras I might carry on a longer road-based bike tour at home.
Because most of my bikepacking adventures are pretty short in comparison to my long-distance road tours, I can pack in a manner that is both minimal and extremely lightweight. Even though I’m carrying a substantial amount of gear on my bicycle, the weight of that gear is spread out over the frame of my bicycle and carried in a variety of different bikepacking bags. This helps to eliminate the weight of the gear from my body and allows me to ride my bike in relative comfort.
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