11 Ways to Lighten your Bikepacking Load

Source: bikepacker.com

I found this article helpful especially since I’m new to the sport of adventure touring. I agree with most of this article but disagree on a few points:

  • Forget The Tent? I suppose using a hammock would be a good option if I’m traveling where there are plenty of trees. A bivy sack would be acceptable as long as it had some kind of bug netting. In Arizona, we have centipedes, spiders, and scorpions – not something I want to have to wake me up in the middle of the night. I may not carry a tent, but I’ll definately not sleep out in the open.
  • Leaving the camp shoes at home? I have a lightweight pair of Crock-like slippers that I love to wear around camp after a long day of riding or hiking. I’ll do my best to make room for them, sorry.
  • Less Water? Hmm, in Arizona this is a tough one. Unless I know exactly where my water fill-up points are located along my route, I’m going to carry as much as possible.
  • Go Tubeless? On my TerraTrike All-Terrain, this isn’t an easy option. I’ll have to stick with slimed tubes for now.

Do you bike-pack or adventure tour? What tips do you have for lightening your load? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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