✅ Stop rarely and for a short period – so as not to lose your motivation.

✅ Eat little and often – before you are hungry, and drink before you are thirsty.

✅ Never ride until you are so tired that you can neither eat nor sleep.

✅ Put on extra clothes before you get cold and remove them before you get hot. The sun, air, and rain are good for the skin.

✅ Do not drink wine, eat meat, or smoke during your ride.

✅ Do not rush – ride at your own pace, especially during the first hours of your outing when you feel strong and might be tempted to force the pace.

✅ Do not show off – vanity is unattractive.

🚴 Bikepacking tours around the globe

⚙️ Gear isn't everything, but you can't usually do without it either

1. Bikes

  • Mountain Bike: For rough, technical trails.
  • Gravel Bike: For mixed terrains combining pavement and off-road.
  • Touring Bike: Durable, with ample cargo space for long distances on paved roads.
  • Fat Bike: For snow or sand riding.

2. Bag Systems

  • Frame Bag: Custom fit or universal; for heavy, dense items.
  • Handlebar Bag: Roll or pouch; for quick access and bulky gear.
  • Seat Pack: Large volume for lightweight, compressible items.
  • Top Tube Bag: For snacks, phone, and small tools.
  • Fork Bag: Extra storage for lightweight items.

3. Navigation Tools

  • GPS Device: With long battery life and preloaded maps.
  • Map and Compass: For non-digital navigation.
  • Smartphone with GPS Apps: Backup digital navigation.
  • Route Itinerary: Printed details of stops, shelters, and water sources.

4. Shelter and Sleep System

  • Tent: Lightweight, 1-2 person, with footprint.
  • Hammock: With mosquito net and rainfly.
  • Bivy Sack: Compact, minimalist shelter.
  • Sleeping Bag: Down or synthetic, rated for the lowest temperatures expected.
  • Sleeping Pad: Inflatable or foam, for insulation and comfort.
  • Pillow: Inflatable or compressible.

5. Cooking and Hydration

  • Stove: Canister, alcohol, or wood stove.
  • Fuel: Appropriate type and quantity.
  • Cookware: Pot, pan, and possibly a lightweight frying pan.
  • Eating Utensils: Spork, knife, and lightweight chopping board.
  • Water Filter/Purifier: Pump, gravity, straw-type, or chemical tablets.
  • Water Bottles/Bladders: Enough capacity for the tour’s demands.
  • Food: Pre-planned meals and snacks, high-energy and quick-cooking.

6. Clothing

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece or wool layers for warmth.
  • Outer Layers: Waterproof and windproof jackets and pants.
  • Cycling Specific Apparel: Padded shorts, jerseys, gloves, and helmet.
  • Camp Clothes: Comfortable clothing for end-of-day use.
  • Footwear: Cycling shoes and camp shoes.

7. Tools and Repair Kits

  • Multi-Tool: With Allen keys, screwdrivers, and chain tool.
  • Spare Parts: Tubes, tire levers, patch kit, spare chain links, and brake pads.
  • Pump or CO2 Inflator: With appropriate valve connections.
  • Duct Tape and Zip Ties: For temporary fixes on gear and bike.

8. Health and Safety

  • First Aid Kit: Bandages, antiseptic, blister treatment, and specific medications.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, and sunglasses.
  • Insect Repellent: Spray or lotion, and a head net in buggy areas.
  • Emergency Items: Whistle, emergency blanket, and fire starter.

9. Electronics and Power

  • Headlamp or Flashlight: With extra batteries.
  • Portable Charger/Power Bank: For recharging devices.
  • Solar Panel: Optional for long trips without power access.
  • Camera: For capturing moments or blogging content.

10. Personal Items and Miscellaneous

  • ID, Credit Card, and Cash: Stored in a waterproof container.
  • Toiletries: Biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and toilet paper.
  • Towel: Quick-dry and lightweight.
  • Notebook and Pen: For notes or journaling.
  • Bike Lock: For security during stops in populated areas.