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Bikepacking Gear List V3.0

A downloadable list of all my bikepacking gear can be found in this post, first some background information.

Clothes and personal items

If you’re riding as I did, taking your time, enjoying exploring the remote sierras, towns and pueblos and staying a few days, you will want more clothes than if you’re on a mission to finish a route as fast as you can. You don’t have to be dirty and smelly all the time! After having a shower, it was so good to be able to put clean clothes on. I washed my dirty gear in the hostal bathrooms and dried them where I could.

I had packed for warm to hot weather in the day, with chilly mornings and evenings (above freezing temperatures) I would swap out some items if I was riding in colder weather. My clothes were packed in a vacuum bag, to keep the volume down.

Sleep System and camping

My preference was to have a completely free-standing tent. I really can’t be doing with staking out the guy ropes every time I put it up. I was generally happy with my choice of tent, although in strong winds it felt quite unstable. It’s tall and thin and must be pitched with the thinner end facing the direction the wind is coming from, which isn’t always easy to establish. It survived, was roomy enough for me and all my gear, except my bike, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in it. It's very good at keeping the bugs out!


Standard, out of the showroom Specialized Camber FSR 2017 except for tubeless tyres and Promend Quick Release pedals (See pedal review here). The bike is fitted with standard tyres - Ground Control and Purgatory.

My only criticism of it would be that a full suspension bike is obviously heavier than a gravel bike, but not to a point where I wanted to throw it down a mountain, unless I was on it of course!

Bike Luggage

I chose the Arkel Rollpacker luggage as they looked the most suitable for a full suspension bike. At 25 litres they are some of the largest bags around. When I fell off my bike riding down from the Puerta de la Ragua, the luggage took a hard hit. On my final day of the ride, the front Rollpacker bracket snapped, I managed to fudge a repair to continue. I can only think I may have cracked it in the aforementioned shunt. I also think I put excessive stress on it by strapping my tent to it, now I don’t do that. After contacting Arkel, they promptly sent me a new front bracket free of charge, I did have to pay the postage though.

My rear Rollpacker has been problematic from the get go. It comes adrift from the seat. The only way I have been able to fix this is to put two cable ties on the tightening lever, so it can't move up or down, AND I put a Voile strap around the bracket and the seat, these two modifications seem to hold it in place, even on fast gnarly trails.

My fork luggage bags are Gorilla Cages, I bought new ones after I had my accident, which was caused by one of the bags falling into the front wheel. I also bought the correct bags for them this time, which is a great improvement! The cleats holding the bracket on to the fork are the same, but the brackets are the V2 ones, these are much bigger that the previous version.


I carry a lot more things than a bikepacker on a mission would. All the extra gear doesn’t fit into the bike bags, so I carry some in my rucksack. The rucksack is quite heavy, and when I’m tired it feels extra heavy! I carry my laptop, electronics, some of my food, some of my water, paperwork, and a fleece in it. I would like to not have to ride with it but can’t see how I can keep my 'luxuries' if I didn’t use it.

Cooking equipment

I’m happy with my cooking stuff. My Sea to Summit titanium cooking pot was problematic for the first perhaps 10 cooks, the food or water tasted of chemicals. I think a hard anodising by-product was leeching into the food. I would suggest, if using a new pot, testing it at home before you leave for your ride, or you could end up like I did, unable to eat or drink.

At some point I’ll need to buy a new stove, the one I have is around ten years old and it sometimes falls apart! But I will stick with the screw on gas canister type I think. I found it difficult to find screw on canisters in the small pueblos in Spain, luckily I’d bought an adaptor that fits into my existing canister, so I can refill it with a butane aerosol type bottle, which are easily found in ferreterias in Spain.

Gas refill adapter - threaded canister to butane aerosol can be found here


My YouTube films are very basic, I only use a GoPro, without gimbal and don’t use a drone. My notebook laptop and camera are very basic too.

As far as navigation goes, I use RidewithGPS on my phone to navigate, and Komoot to plan a route. I like to have a spare mobile phone, in case of disaster, such a that I had in Spain when I smashed my navigation phone to pieces!

I carry an emergency beacon, in the form of a Garmin Inreach Explorer

Gear List

Below is an XLSX sheet of my gear that you can download, in case you want to adapt it for yourself. It shows what I carry, product details, where I store it, and if I use it on an overnighter. II hope it's useful to you!

Gear List V3
Download XLSX • 32KB

Full Gear List Item

Check Upload offline route to all devices

Check Subscribe to Emergency Beacon

Check Test emergency beacon

Check Charge all devices

Check Check water filter is working

Check Check tyre sealant

Check Tell someone where you're going

Check Luggage mountings are secure

Bag of Vitamins

Cooking Pot

Tea, Coffee And Sugar



Mozzie Headnet



Spare Batteries

Gas Canister



Sleeping bag liner

Windshield For Stove

Beanie Hat

Cable Bike Lock

Hand Sanitizer

Insect Repellent

Shit Tickets

Sun Hat



Allen Keys

Chain Oil

Eye Cover

First Aid Kit

Emergency Blanket


Rain Jacket

Sawyer Filter

Snake Bandage

Spare Plastic Bags

Spare Sawyer Bottle

Suspension Pump

Tyre Sealant

Tyre Tube

Washing Stuff

Water Bottle

Wrist Straps

Solar Charger



Clothes bag

1x Pair Of Leggings

1x Pair Of Short Shorts

1x Pair Of Knee Length Shorts

1x Pair Of Padded Cycling Pants

2x Pairs Of Knickers

1x Sports Bra

1x Long Sleeve Tops

1x Tidy T Shirt

1x Vest Top

1x Fleece

2x Pair Of Socks (Short/Ankle/Long)

1x Pair Of Long Johns

1x Pair Of Riding Gloves




Front Bike Light

Head Torch



Neck Cooler


Rear Bike Light


Sun Screen

Swiss Army Kife

Wet Wipes



Emergency Repair Kit

1 x 3 Metres Paracord

3 x Safety Pins

1 x Sewing Kit

1 x Large Darning Needle

1 x Chain Splitter

1 x Derailuer Hanger

1 x Darning Thread

1 x Plugs For Holed Tyre

1 x Toothbrush To Clean Chain

1 x Silicon Gloves

1 x Sawyer Washer

1 x Double Sided Spongy Tape

1 x Super Glue

1 x Tube Of Adhesive

1 x Small Reel of Tank Tape

1 x Pen

2 x Brake Caliper Piston Spacer Blocks

1 x Repair Patch for Airbed

1 x Repair Patches for Tent

3 x Tyre Levers

10 x Cable Ties

1 x Small Reel Of Wire

2 x Spare Strap Clip

1 x Fire Lighter Rod

1 x Co2 Canister And Adaptor

1 x Spare Chain Link

Puncture Patches

2xAdaptor to Fill Gas Canister

Empty Holdall

Incense Sticks

Water Bottle

Spanish Fan

Rain Poncho

Power Bank



Face Mask



Lip Salve

2xGorilla Cages


Bike Mounted Bottle Holder

Handlebar Telephone Mount


Securing Straps-Large

Securing Straps-Small

Telephone For Navigation

Tent Bag

Tent Body

Tent Rainfly

Ground Sheet

Tent Poles

Sleeping Mat

Sleeping Bag Liner

Top Tube Saddle Bag

Tyre Pump

Water Bottle

Wedge Top Tube Bag

Dry Bag For Electronics

2xPower Banks

Electronic Cables And Sd Cards

Gopro Fittings


Spare GoPro

Spare Telephone

Wall Charger

Ear phones

Ear Plugs

Camp shoes


Garmin Inreach

Insulated Food Bag

Money, Credit Card, ID

Selfie Stick Tripod

Waterproof Matches

Spare Prescription Glasses

Water Bottle


Temp/Wind gauge

Digital Camera

Peak Designs Camera Clip

On Me (or packed away)

1x Long Sleeve Tops

1x Pair Of Knee Length Shorts

1x Pair Of Padded Cycling Pants

1x Pair Of Socks (Short/Ankle/Long)

1x Pairs Of Knickers

1x Sports Bra


Bike Helmet

Gopro Camera

Gopro Chest Mount

Prescription Sun Glasses

Trail Runners

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