Packing lists are always a touchy subject, since they only summarize equipment decisions and not individuals, their experiences, constitution, and preferences. Nevertheless, they can be a helpful inspiration for your own list. We have tried a lot out and learned a lot on our short and long tours and adventures while testing our first bikepacking bags. This is our basic equipment for an overnight stay:


  • Sharp knife
  • Spork
  • Titanium pan cup
  • Small cooker with fuel
  • Lighter
  • Magnesium fire starter
  • 2 packets of fragrance-free facial tissues
  • Emergency ration (Chinese noodle soup, chocolate bar)
  • 1 litre of water more than you actually think you will need
  • Instant coffee, powdered milk, sugar
  • Coffee filter 
  • Among other things, a cooking grill, grill lighter, food for grilling, aluminium foil, cutting board, and folding saw


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small package of moist wipes*
  • Small bottle of hand disinfectant*
  • Small tube of moisturising cream*
  • Disposable nail file (source: hotel business trip)
  • Toilet supplies

* = Travel sizes available at any drugstore


  • First-Aid Kit 
  • Personal medication
  • 6 salt tablets
  • 4 packets of magnesium
  • Emergency ration of painkillers


  • Multitool
  • Tyre lever
  • Miniature pump with adapter for the petrol station
  • Two spare tyres
  • Chain oil
  • Chain lock
  • Shift cable
  • Bike repair kit incl. tube and tyre patches
  • Brake pads and a small box of screws if necessary
  • Tubeless valve and tubeless fluid if necessary

Cycling clothes:

  • According to the weather plus one layer (which also ensures warmth in the evening at camp)

Camp clothes:

  • Light down or Primaloft jacket
  • Light shorts
  • Buff


  • Sleeping bag
  • Insulation mat
  • Tarpaulin or bivouac bag
  • Mat underlay, if the mat is not in the bivouac bag
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • 5 litre watertight dry bag as a sleeping bag safe for valuables
  • Clothes for the night, if necessary (merino underwear, buff, socks)

Papers & ID

  • Wallet
  • Mobile phone & charging cable
  • Powerbank
  • GPS device and spare batteries
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Camera if necessary