Bike Camping and Touring Packing List

This is a list of Items to consider taking on a cycle camping tour with you. There are many other bits and bobs you could take but this covers everything you are most likely to need, feel free to make suggestions in the comments. Personally I prefer to pack as light as possible, so I have highlighted everything that I don’t usually bother taking in red. A lot of the items are also dependant on where you’re going so have a good think before you go bringing your woolly knickers to the rain forest.


  • Rucksack / Day Sack
  • Map
  • Watch
  • Water bottle / Drinking system (Platypus, Camelbak, etc.)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping mat
  • Pillow – I fold up a hoody and stuff it in my sleeping bag hood
  • Folding chair / Stool – It can get uncomfortable having nothing to rest your back against, but easily cured by a sit in the pub! 


Electrical Gear / Gadgets:

  • International socket adapter
  • Camera + Charger + Spare batteries + SD cards
  • Mobile phone + USB cable
  • iPod +USB cable
  • USB wall socket charger
  • Head torch / Flash light
  • Spare batteries / Rechargeable batteries + USB battery charger



  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Lighter / Storm proof matches
  • Cookware / Mess tins
  • Mug
  • Knife / Fork / Spoon
  • Cooking utensils – This depends on what you plan on cooking. A pen knife and cutlery will usually suffice
  • Dish Towel – Depends if you will be able to air dry them
  • Sponge / Scourer
  • Can opener (on penknife?)


Remote Location Gear (all depends on where your going):

  • Compass
  • Emergency whistle
  • Water Purifier
  • Emergency bivy bag
  • Space blanket
  • Flint and steel
  • Wire saw
  • Fishing wire
  • Hidden money belt with spare credit card / cash / documents



  • Condensed multipurpose travel soap
  • Microfibre towel
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Insect repellant
  • Suncream
  • Tissues
  • Toilet roll
  • Moisturiser ( I get painfully dry feet and hands when out in the sun for long periods)
  • Small travel mirror (this is also very useful for signaling in survival situations)


Tool Kit:

  • Multi tool (includes allen (hex) keys, spoke keys, chain tool, tyre lever, philips and flat head screwdriver)
  • Mini folding pliers
  • Penknife (respect your local laws and the law of any country you are travelling to. Remember to check what you can bring on any transport you will be using too.)
  • Gaffa tape / Duct tape – wrap a small amount around a section of toilet roll tube  if you have a huge roll
  • cable ties
  • Tyre leavers
  • Traditional puncture repair kit (glue, patches, chalk, grater, wax crayon)
  • Self adhesive patches
  • Tyre pump (frame mounted)


Bike Specific / Spares:

  • Pannier Bags
  • Dry Bags
  • Handlebar Bag
  • Cable lock
  • D-lock
  • Bike Lights
  • Cycle Computer
  • Helmet – (naughty I know. I do not advise riding without a helmet!)
  • 1 or 2 spare Inner tubes
  • Spare folding tyre(s) – unless going somewhere remote
  • Spare spoke – unless going somewhere remote



  • 3 pairs sweat wicking underwear (such as Under Armour)
  • 3 sweat wicking T-Shirts
  • Flannel shirt or travel shirt
  • 3 pairs thin cotton socks
  • 2 pairs thick walking socks
  • Warm hoody / Fleece
  • 2 pairs cotton trousers
  • Cotton shorts – I don’t get on with lycra (I don’t have the physique for it :P) but do considder proper cycling shorts / T-shirts as they are good at regulating body temperature and not chafing.
  • Belt
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Footwear (depending on location could be trainers/cycle shoes and/or walking boots)
  • Sandals / Flip flops – for using in the shower
  • Swimming shorts
  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf / Buff


First Aid Kit:

  • Plasters
  • Blister plasters
  • paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Bandages / Dressings
  • Tube bandage
  • Tweezers (on pen knife)
  • Safety pins (also useful for survival situations and field repairs)
  • Liquid Antiseptic
  • Antiseptic Cream



  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Travel Tickets
  • Currency
  • Credit card / Debit card
  • Passport photos
  • Photocopies of passport and driving licence
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • A book to read
  • European health insurance card (EHIC) – If you are European and don’t have one of these yet then I recommend you get one, it doesn’t cost anything and allows you to get free or reduced cost state medical care in all EEA countries. More info here:



  • Clothes pegs
  • Clothes line
  • Tealights (candles)
  • Small Padlock
  • Length of nylon rope
  • Bin bags
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