What you need, when you need it.
An experienced Adventure Rider knows that the unknown and unpredictable are commonplace, and welcome, elements
of the endeavor. Riders are often exposed to extreme changes in temperature and weather, and must be prepared
to travel or make shelter at any time of day or night as circumstances demand.
As such, a utilitarian complement of warm and cold weather gear, on-demand hydration, camping and cooking
components, and a first aid kit are crucial additions to your equipment cache.
A mandatory component of backcountry riding is to carry water with you. Adventure riding can be quite
physically demanding and it’s easy to become dehydrated without even knowing it has happened. You may
consume over 2 liters of water in cool temperature and 4 liters in the heat. Keeping fluids flowing
is essential, and a Hydration pack is a great way to do it. Not to mention a hydration pack provides
you with extra storage. Wolfman Luggage
and Klim both provided excellent hydration pack options.
Water purification tablets and/or a compact water filter are great additions to your Hydration pack
if you find yourself dehydrated and far from potable water.
First Aid Kits
The kit you should always have and hope to never need. A compact but comprehensive first aid kit
is an essential part of self reliance when adventure riding in the back country. Just as important
is good, basic medical training to properly use the items included to treat and stabilize yourself
and/or a fellow rider until professional help can come.
Some kits to consider are the Watertight Compact Kit
sold by Adventure Designs and the
Mountain Weekender Medical kit used by RawHyde and their staff.
Something to note is that due to the nature of adventure riding, when accidents happen they can result
in a fracture and in rare cases, a break. Because of this immobilization and stabilization is very
important. Make sure your first aid kit contains a Sam Splint or equivalent.
In the most extreme cases, when extraction is required due to a serious injury and/or you find yourself in a region with poor medical services;
Medjet Assist are the people to call to get you and your bike home.
...And don’t forget your anti-skeeter spray when in the backcountry!
Camping supplies and other rider accessories
They say that; “it’s not the destination but the journey”. Nonetheless, trail riding all day, finding a
beautiful isolated place in the wilderness, and staking a claim for the night far from the trappings of
modern day life does make that destination a bit more desirable.
What to carry on your bike for camping depends greatly on your personal comfort level at the end of the
day. When staring at the evenings camp fire, some desire a comfy chair, a large tent, and a hearty meal
with all the fixins. Others are content to sit on the ground with a can of beans, pocket knife for cutlery, and a starry sky.
Whatever your tastes, if you intend to camp there are some basic items to consider for both comfort and
space saving on your bike. Consider a single man tent that breaks down small so you can strap it to the
top of a side case. Make sure your sleeping bag is of good quality so that it too can roll up small but
still provide the needed warmth. A Thermarest bed roll is wise as well.
All these items can be compressed down and stored on your bike efficiently with dry bags and other soft bag solutions like those made by
If you are a rider who prefers the “hub-and-spoke” method of adventure riding, that is, you set up a base
camp and you ride out each day in different direction; a camper may suit you better than a tent. Campers
like those built by Four Wheel Popup Campers
offers a “roughing it in style” approach to your adventure riding tastes.
Packing For Adventure Checklist
Within this list you will find many other rider accessories for self-reliance on a multi-day adventure ride.
TOOLS & MAINTENANCE:
◊ Bike specific tool kit roll
◊ Rubber mallet
◊ Gerber/Leatherman tool
◊ Zip Ties
◊ JB Weld
◊ Electrical tape (wiring)
◊ Clear packing tape (light repair)
◊ Duct tape (everything else)
◊ Tow straps
◊ Tire change kit (plugs for tubeless
- patches and spare tubes for tubed)
◊ Small air compressor
◊ Tire spoons
◊ Small bottle, water/windex mix
(tire change lube and visor cleaning)
◊ Chain lube
◊ Oil bottle
◊ Spare fuel can
◊ Spare clutch & brake levers
◊ Rubber gloves & shop rag
◊ Sleeping bag
◊ Small tent / tarp
◊ Small towel
◊ Head lamp & flashlight
◊ Jet boil with fuel canister
◊ Coffee mug and cutlery
◊ Zip-lock toiletries
(TP roll, wet wipes, hand sanitizer
Soap, toothbrush etc.)
◊ Chap stick / sunscreen
◊ Camel-back & Water
◊ Comprehensive first-aid kit
(add neosporin, iodine, rubbing alcohol,
Snake bite kit, supe-glue, and lighter)
◊ Water purification tablets
◊ Spare batteries (flashlights etc.)
◊ Trail mix / MREs
◊ GPS & Paper maps
◊ Locator beacon
◊ Cold weather / Rain gear
◊ Electronics charger(s)
◊ Motorcycle charging adapter
◊ Solar charge mat
◊ Spare ear plugs
◊ Black trash bags (2)
◊ Packed clothing (Appropriate to
weather. If room, pack 1 set of clothing
for any unpredicted weather change).
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