First things first: the “ultimate” bikepacking packing list is not a definitive thing—what is essential and what is completely superfluous depends on what bikepacking means for you.
First off, you should ask yourself some questions like:
- Will you be away for just one weekend or several days at a time?
- Do you like camping, sleeping in the open air, or are you more drawn to hotels?
- Are you fairly hardy or do you get cold easily, for example?
- Are you going on your own or together with others? There are many things that you don’t need two of (e.g. tools, camping stoves, tents...)
Sure, you’ll have your own ideas and priorities, and you can of course expand your personal packing list to suit you and your trip. The most important tip we can give you is therefore:
As you pack each item into your luggage, ask yourself the question: does that really need to come along?
Because one thing is clear: anything you don’t absolutely need, you’ll end up carting around for nothing. And ultimately that consumes energy, and your riding pleasure will suffer as a result.