Really want to get into bikepacking though I'm still in the "Gathering info" stage. What is necessary to take and how do you typically go about packing it?
I'm a n003 too....
... and so far, I just say... start reading this board, starting with the FAQs and stickies.
Originally Posted by Steven Parrish
Go to work!
You need food and water for sure... shelter depending on conditions, thermal protection depending on conditions, bug protection depending on conditions. Other luxuries make life easier too.
Pack it on your bike.
Time to go farther
There are no necessities, type and amount of everything is negotiable.
That being said a frame and seat bag and some sort of wind/rain gear and a bivy is a good place to start. Everything you add from there adds weight and comfort.
wet wipes and or toilet paper.
As mentioned, reading through the threads is very useful. There are a few that specifically focus on what people carry in their bags. But also be sure to look at bikepacking.net. They also have a useful forum as well as a section titled "bikepacking personal setups" where folks post info and often pictures of how they do it. Very useful. There are certainly many ways to skin this cat, so learn from others a be innovative.
Time to go farther
Here is a little gearlist and pictures from when my wife and I did a 2 day white rim.
Slip Angle: White Rim 2 day Gearlist
Slip Angle: Linked
Browse through the "Post your Bikepacking Rig (and gear layout!)" sticky thread as well. Some of the posts give an overview of what people are carrying so you get the idea of what can reasonably fit onto a bike. Then you adjust from there.
It's really simple....take what you would take when 'regular' (foot) hiking.
Tent/Tarp/Bivy (your choice)
Pad (if needed)
Clothes (Wet/Dry/Warm/Cold climate as needed)
Bike specific packing....
few spare parts (gnerally only on long enduro trips)
As you will no doubt get a myriad of answers to your question, the 'correct' answer is that there is no 'correct' answer.
Just stick to common sense stuff like don't take a sleeping bag that weighs 6 pounds and a14 pound tent. Unless of course you are a glutton for punishment....again, there is no "correct" answer.
Just know this. Your set-up and gear list will change from one trip to another. It is ever evolving. If it's not, then you're not learning something new.
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