If you're anything like us, you get super excited to start getting everything ready and gearing up for an adventure! We've created a recommended gear list for you to consider when packing up for our pop-up adventure. While everything on this list isn't a necessity, the equipment on this list will most certainly make this adventure much more enjoyable. Remember, this is early spring in the Northeast, layers are a must. We could see highs in the 60's during the day, lows in the 30's at night, and everywhere and anywhere in between. Let us know if you have any questions! We're MORE than happy to help you out where ever possible to make sure this trip is as fun as we're envisioning it!
In short, you will need:
- A way to carry your gear/mount it to your bike
- Camping gear
BICYCLE - hybrid, mountain bike, or road bike with touring tires. Skinny tires are not recommended. Your bike should have rack mounts for attaching your gear (unless you want to get creative)
- rear rack
- 2 panniers
- front bag
- spare tubes (1-2), the correct size for your bicycle
- headlamp and/or bike light (front)
- optional for this trip: tire pump, tire levers, patch kit, multitool, chain lube
- chamois or body butter to prevent chaffing.
*Please note there are dozens of ways to outfit your bike with gear which include front and rear racks, handlebar, frame, and saddle bags. It is not recommended that you attempt to carry the bulk of your gear on your back! This will lead to a very miserable ride for you and those around you. Keep backpacks under 25L if possible.
- tent or hammock with rainfly
- sleeping pad
- sleeping bag- compressible, in a dry bag or plastic bag
- optional: a camp stove with pot and fuel
CLOTHING - Keep it simple! This is where people tend to overpack.
- cycling shorts- recommended but not necessary
- rain jacket
- insulating layer
- synthetic/wool short-sleeve shirt
- comfortable shoes - cycling or tennis
- 2 pairs of socks
- optional: bike gloves
- camp clothes - something warm and cozy to change into, but beware of bringing heavy/bulky/or redundant items- think “layers”
- depending on temps- hat, mittens
- toiletries- the regular stuff. Don’t overpack here. There will be a port-a-potty on site. Bring hand sanitizer.
- assorted small bandages for possible blisters
FOOD & WATER
- Bring the capacity to carry ~2+ Liters of water
- Water treatment- iodine drops/tablets, chlorine dioxide tablets, or Aqua Mira
- Snacks: energy bars, nuts, dried fruit, jerky, peanut butter
- Dinner. Highly recommended to bring a dehydrated meal. Amanda’s favorite- “Good to Go” meals found online or at REI. You can always make your own (check out the internet for recipes). Of course you will need a stove if you choose this option. Otherwise, bring a prepared meal (i.e. turkey sandwiches)
PLEASE.... Contact Amanda or your local bike/outdoor gear shop to make sure you have a suitable set-up and if you have any questions, big or small.