Top Five Bikepacking Essentials Every Rider Needs To Know About

Don’t leave home without these must-have bits of bikepacking kit

Feature type Video

Read time 2 mins

Published May 26, 2023

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How do you pack for bikepacking?

In our latest video drop from BASE studios, action sports photographer and cycling fanatic Saskia Dugon talks us through the things every beginner bikepacker needs for their next two-wheeled adventure. Consider this your BASE bikepacking checklist:

1. Tools and Equipment

Plugs and a pump are an absolute essential for any bikepacking trip, and a handy multitool is always a good idea too. A puncture repair kit will see you through any mishaps en route and if the worst comes to the worst, a spare tube and tyre levers could be a lifesaver!

2. Food and Hydration

Staying fuelled and well hydrated is very important on a bikepacking trip. Never underestimate how much water you’re going to need, especially if the weather is warm! High energy snacks will help you keep pedalling and dehydrated dinners save weight and space.

3. Muscle Relief

Soothing your aches and pains on the go is pretty simple – pack a massage ball and roll out those tight calves after a long day in the saddle!

4. Weather-Proof Accessories

Bikepacking in all weathers requires accessories that help keep you comfortable. Waterproof gloves are a must-have, and never underestimate the value of a spare pair of dry socks!

5. Tunes To Move To

For those less exciting stretches where you’re not immersed in birdsong, having a speaker on hand can be a real motivator – come on, we’ve all got that one playlist that pumps us up for the climbs! Plus, a speaker is safer on the roads than using in-ear headphones which can dull external noise that you need to be aware of to keep yourself safe.


For Saskia’s full bikepacking kit list, check out the video below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest expert tips and tricks to help you adventure better!

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