Bikepacking is pretty much backpacking with a bike.
Why I think it’s a gem of a way to experience the world is because it tends to take you off the trodden path.
It’s any adventure that involves riding your bike and staying overnight.
So if you’ve never been on a bikepacking adventure, where do you start?
1. Get a bicycle.
2. Set a date – you may never feel 100% ready but just pick a date, stick to that date, do what you can in between, and that’s enough.
3. Invite a friend.
4. For longer trips a spot GPS (tracking messaging device) automatically sends emails to your mum or sends for different levels of help if activated when there is no phone connection.
5. Pack light, bring a small tent, sleeping bag and mat, cooking utensils, lightweight waterproof clothing, matches, camera, and harmonica.
6. Take care of your body and your bike. Pack food, water, first aid kit, and bike repair kit.
7. Wild camping is good – you are braver than you think. This is the best way to learn new things about the world.
9. You are only lost when you want to be somewhere else.
10. Your adventure is your own, there is lots of advice online to draw from, but every trip is unique so learn as you go.
You can see fossils of reef and petrified forests. It’s a geological dreamscape.
If you can make your bikepacking adventure as local as possible, that’s a step in the right direction for reducing your carbon footprint and you’re getting fit at the same time!
With so much of my time these days spent in front of a computer, there is nothing better than disconnecting from technology for a while to refresh your batteries. By choosing something physical, challenging, inexpensive and out in nature, I find I really gain perspective.
Remember, you are braver than you think!
Please share this if you think others could benefit from bikepacking.