Camping by bicycle is one of the most rewarding experiences of any bicycle tour. Newbies often find this unnerving. But enjoy it as time passes by. Here is a list of things you should consider.
Bring a good tent
Make sure you bring a tent that is waterproof and free of holes. It should be light and small. Keep in mind that it will be your home for the next days, weeks, or even months. Choose one that will keep you and your company warm, dry, and safe. Ensure that you will be comfortable in it.
Proper clothing at all times
Your camping will be more comfortable when you wear the right gear. You should pack layers that are quick-drying. And also warm enough for night time temperatures. Bring an extra raincoat in case you will need it.
Carry extra water
Drinkable water is the most basic need for a touring cyclist. Having too much water is always better than having too little. It is worth the load. Carry enough water for drinking as well as cooking. And also for hydrating the next morning. That will be about 2 to 3 liters of water. It depends on your body weight and personal consumption.
Make a phone call ahead
It is best to call ahead if you plan to camp at a site. Make sure potable water is available. As well as other amenities. If you are unable to make a call for some reason, be sure to pack a little extra. It is better to be sure.
Should you cook or not?
You do not always need to bring a cook stove on your bike tour. Your need to bring a stove depends on various factors. Such as your route and budget. As well as your dietary needs and personal preference. You can go a long way on a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and some jerky. You can also bring a bag of baby carrots. You will not need to boil any water.
Do not forget your extra snacks
This goes same with water. It is better to have too much food than to have too little. A couple of protein bars will be helpful. Energy-packed snacks are best in case you run out of all other food sources. You do not want to be hungry on your adventure cycle tours.
Do your research
Knowing things you should before you go is important. Study the campgrounds along your route. Check if they are at higher elevations with very cold nights. Or if there is a wildlife present. You should also make sure if you need to provide a bear-safe container to store your food. You will feel safer sleeping under the stars if you know you prepared well.
Light! And more light!
You should pack at least two light sources. A headlamp and a handheld flashlight will do. It will be safer if you can see your surroundings during the night. Do not forget to pack extra batteries. Always have a backup light source.
Make sure to bring a working cell phone or radio transmitter. You can also bring a GPS beacon or other signaling device. This is in case you need to call for help. Be sure to carry a small first aid kit, too.
You can set-up a makeshift campsite near your home before you go for your adventure. Practice setting up your tent. You can sleep outside and see how it goes. You will learn which items you need and which ones you can leave.