Packing for a bike camping trip

Packing for a bike camping trip is much different than packing for a trip by car. This weekend I headed to French Creek State Park for a 49 63-mile ride to camp in a cabin. Although I’d camped a ton and biked a ton, I’d never done a bike camping trip and I couldn’t have been more pumped for it. Since we were in a modern cabin, this alleviated some of the gear I would normally bring for more primitive camping. Through my own camping experience and research on other blogs of suggested gear to bring, this is what I came up with. Will definitely be doing a follow-up post of how the trip was and what worked/didn’t work. Spoiler: I packed too much.

my bike packed for a camp trip
packed to the brim

Weather note: Although it’s early December here in Philadelphia, the weather forecast is partly sunny with a high of 63 which completely changed what I had originally prepared for when we first started discussing a mid-December bike trip.


  • bike
  • helmet

On my bike

On me

  • Thermal padded tights
  • Warm socks
  • Bike shoes or cleats
  • Gloves
  • Bandana
  • Hat or headband
  • Comfy shoes for off the bike
  • Padded gloves (I had fingerless during the day while it was still warm but needed to switch to full after the sun went down)

For repairs

  • Patch kit
  • Tubes
  • Tire levers
  • Wrench – if you don’t have quick release
  • C02 tire inflators or tire pump

Camping stuff

Food stuff

  • Granola bars
  • Bananas
  • Protein powder
  • Gels/jellies
  • Mugs; lightweight pots and pans
  • Titanium French Press – lightweight, great for coffee and for boiling water

This is what we packed for food knowing where the nearest grocery store was for more substantial dinner stuff. The plan was to eat breakfast prior to leaving, pack snacks, stop for lunch along the way and grab food for dinner.


  • Booze – skip the glass and bring wine bags (pulled from a box), your favorite liquor transferred into a plastic bottle or flash
  • Bluetooth speaker – jams are great for the more boring parts of the ride & chillin’ around the fire
  • Catchphrase – lightweight and tons of fun
  • Deck of cards


  • External battery packs – this one is great and has the added benefit of also being a flashlight
  • Mifi or wifi hotspot – if you’re headed out with a buncha nerds this is essential

One Comment

  1. Very helpful packing list! I went few times for a bike camping trip and I spent a great time. The first time I didn’t know how and what to bring with me so I had some confusing situations. Now with my experience and your tips I will be more than prepared. Thanks for sharing

    March 1, 2016

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