While the necessary bikepacking gear varies based on region, time of year, and length of trip, there are a few essentials that every bikepacker needs. We’ve tested and reviewed many of these products, so you can feel prepared on your next trip.
If you’re just getting started, here are a few tips and a packing list.
Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT ROAM GPS Bike Computer
A quality bike computer that is easy to import maps from sources like Singletracks(!), with a color display, and navigation features. Read more.
Buy from Backcountry
LifeStraw Flex 2-Stage Multi-Function Water Filter System
A small but highly versatile water filter perfect for bikepacking. Read more.
Chrome Doubletrack Feed Bag
This clever bag is super handy for any bike really. It has a cinch top to keep goodies inside and off the trail. In the main pouch, there is room for an extra bottle with a few snacks lined around it. Read more.
Evoc Boa Handlebar Pack
The Boa Fit System snugs the bag securely onto the bar while allowing it to be removed in a matter of seconds. Evoc also makes a Boa-equipped seat bag for additional storage. Read more.
Marin Pine Mountain 2
We’ve tested earlier models of the PM2, concluding that riders get a big bang for their buck with this bike. This 29+ steel hardtail with mounts galore is ready for bikepacking adventures.
Buy from Jenson USA
Knog PWR Mountain Kit Lights
This setup is sturdy, powerful, and user-friendly, and it stands out due to its versatility. Once you’ve invested in a power bank, a host of accessories and add-ons are available to meet all your outdoor lighting and power needs — from bike light to headlamp to phone charger. Read more.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
A great way to cut some weight and bulk from your bikepacking setup. Read more.
Blackburn Outpost Frame Bag
Probably the coolest feature of the Outpost frame bag is that it’s both a half- and full-frame bag. Simply unzip the bottom portion of the bag and you get a good chunk more real estate, expanding from 5.25L to 6.95L. Read more.
Patagonia Merino 3/4 Sleeve Bike Jersey
This jersey offers the best of both worlds, with its material designed to keep your body temperature regulated; it’ll keep in the warmth during chilly rides and also wick away sweat when temperatures start to rise. Available in men’s & women’s styles. Read more.
MSR WhisperLite International Backpacking Stove
If you absolutely must have your morning coffee, the Whisperlite stove won’t weigh your down or break the bank.
Honey Stinger Mini Waffles
Mini waffles make for a delicious treat any time of day.
Buy from REI.com
Blackburn Outpost Handlebar Bag
Security seems to have been on Blackburn’s mind when designing this bag. Read more.
Buy from Performance Bike