Gear Lists

Small, lightweight backpacking gear is ideal for a bike overnight. If this is your first time though, don’t get wrapped up in shopping for gear right away. You could spend a lot of money and realize your first time out that you overlooked something important! Make do with what you have on your first couple of trips, or borrow from a friend. You’ll start to recognize what new pieces you may want to purchase to improve your experience in the future.  (There are lots of different opinons on the best gear for an overnight! Of course, some of it is somewhat dependent on the season and weather.)

The Basics for Camping:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp pad
  • Small tent, bivy sack, or camp hammock
  • Food (or a nearby dining establishment)
  • Personal items: toiletries, etc

Deluxe Gear List:
Perhaps you’re not a minimalist. Just remember: everything you bring adds weight to your bike. If you have much hill climbing or a lot of mileage planned, you may want to reconsider how much you take along.

Deluxe Camping Gear List:

  • Route map(s)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camp pad or air mattress
  • Small tent, bivy sack, or camp hammock
  • Camp pillow or stuff sack
  • Cooking equipment (small stove, cookware, utensils) including food
  • Camp chair
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Pocketknife
  • Waterproof matches

Deluxe Personal Gear List:

  • Toiletries
  • Two sets of bike clothes
  • Two sets of off-the-bike clothes
  • Raingear
  • Cold weather gear
  • Shoes/sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Other possibilities:

  • Books
  • Camera
  • Playing cards
  • Sports equipment
  • Fishing gear
  • Radio/iPod/MP3 player
  • And more!

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Packing List for Middle Fork Snoqualmie (pictured below, click for more details)
by joeball on Flickr

SON Packing List for Middle Fork Snoqualmie

Ft Ebey overnight gear (pictured below, click for more details)
by joeball on Flickr

Ft Ebey overnight gear (s24o)