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Looking for the perfect bikepacking gift for your two-wheel-loving friend? You’ve come to the right place! Bikepacking is one of my favorite ways to explore the world on two wheels. I’ve spent a lot of time pedaling my loaded bike and doing research on the best bikepacking gear that is durable, functional, and simple to use.
Like any sport or hobby, though, the ‘perfect set-up’ is always evolving, so if the bikepacker in your life is looking to upgrade their gear, replace old and worn-out items, or needs something specific for their next adventure, the following bikepacking gift guide might just help you out.
1. Humangear GoTubbs
These little 0.4oz containers are super helpful for organizing small items like ibuprofen (aka vitamin I), other medications, ointment (see All Good Goop below), spices, etc… They open by squeezing the sides and the lid pops off.
I’ve never had one open by accident (that being said, maybe don’t pack them in a space that gets super compressed). They also come in medium (20z) and large (5oz) sizes.
2. Sea To Summit Spork
It may seem like a minor inconvenience, but I really don’t like having to reach my hand into my food-coated dehydrated meal pouch to get the last bites. Instead, use this Sea To Summit long-handled titanium spork to scrape it clean – no messy hands!
3. Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals
Like backpackers, most bikepackers choose to rely on dehydrated foods and meals for their adventures. Not only are they lighter in weight, but they also don’t require much cooking after a long day in the saddle. Just boil some water, pour it into the pouch, wait 15-20 minutes, and dinner is served!
My go-to dehydrated meals are by Good To-Go. (Pro-tip: get the two servings!)
5. Kula Cloth
The Kula Cloth is a really handy bikepacking gift for women. It’s essentially a ‘pee rag’, so it allows us ladies to have a more pleasant (and dry) time peeing in the woods. One side of the Kula Cloth is made from a soft, absorbable material while the other side is waterproof.
When not using it, you can fold the cloth in half and snap it together and attach it to a bag or pack to air dry.
6. MPOWERED Luci Solar Light
Keep the lights on at camp no matter where you’re bikepacking adventures take you with this MPOWERED Solar Lantern.
You can charge it up before your trip and then use solar power to keep it charge throughout. It also collapses down when not needed and simply blow it back up when you roll into camp.
7. Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat Pad
My friend Michelle brought a Therm-a-rest Z-seat Pad on our Cross-Washington Mountain Bike Trip and I have to say I was a bit jealous. While I spent meal times sitting on the hard, thorny ground, she had a cushy thorn-protecting pad to sit on.
It only weighs 2 ounces and it can easily be strapped onto the exterior of bags or stuffed inside a pack.
8. HANDUP Gloves
Not all bikepackers prefer to wear gloves when they ride, but I personally do. Maybe it’s because I’m a mountain biker first and always wear gloves when I ride singletrack.
If you think your bikepacking friend would like some gloves for their next adventure, my go-to gloves are HANDUP Gloves. They’re super durable and they come in fun patterns and colors!
9. Sea to Summit eVent Compression Sack
Depending on what your bikepacking set-up looks like, a dry bag might be a great addition to your gear closet. The Sea to Summit eVent Compression Sacks are fully waterproof, so you can attach them to your bike frame or use them to keep electronics or other valuable items dry and safe.
Each bag has a ‘lid’ with straps that you can use to compress all the air out.
10. LifeStraw Peak Squeeze
Depending on where your bikepacking trips take you, some can be done with a simple water filter like the LifeStraw Peak Squeeze. This soft-sided water bottle has a filter that can remove 99.9% of bacteria and parasites. You can drink straight from it or squeeze it to fill larger bottles.
If you need to filter larger quantities of water, I recommend the LifeStraw gravity filter below.
11. Gaia GPS Membership
Gaia GPS is a great bikepacking planning and navigational tool, especially for bikepackers who plan on creating their own routes or want to get off the beaten bikepacking path.
The free Gaia Maps membership allows users to use Gaia GPS online while the Premium membership has a whole host of added benefits including offline maps and access to a huge map catalog including National Geographic Maps and weather maps.
12. Da Brim Helmet Visor Brim
Goofy? Yep. Functional? Absolutely. I first saw a Da Brim cycling visor on my Cross-Washington bikepacking trip and was immediately jealous.
It may look a bit silly, but if you’re pedaling under the hot sun all day, you’ll soon forget about looking like a goon.
13. Revelate Designs Feedbag
It’s important for bikepackers to have quick, easy access to food, which is why I love the Revelate Designs Feedbag. It attaches directly to the handlebars, so you have access to snacks while you ride. There’s nothing worse than being hangry on a hike-a-bike section…
14. Ergon GP3 Grips
Having good grips on a multi-day bikepacking adventure is essential. I started bikepacking with just my regular mountain biking grips and quickly upgraded to the Ergon GP3 Grips, which provide more support for my wrists and a different hand position when I need to switch things up.
(Note: These will only work for straight mountain bike handlebars, not road or gravel bike handlebars).
15. BioLite Charge 40 PD
Solar charges are great in theory, but honestly they don’t work super well (at least I haven’t found one). Instead, it’s better to use a power bank like the BioLite Charge 40 PD.
It can juice up to 2.5 phones on one charge and it can charge multiple devices at once.
16. LifeStraw 3L Gravity Filter
Most bikepacking trips require riders to filter water along the route whether that’s a river, stream, lake, pond, or even muddy puddles.
The LifeStraw 3L gravity filter is the best one I’ve tried. It’s fast, compact, lightweight and the filter can be removed and used as a straw or screwed onto a narrow-mouth bottle.
17. Bikepacking.com Subscription
Bikepacking.com is the leading online resource for everything bikepacking including routes, maps, trip reports, forums, gear reviews, and more.
They also offer a yearly subscription that includes 2 annual journals filled with adventure stories from bikepackers around the world as well as regular giveaways for members, industry discounts, exclusive gear, and more.
I’ve been a member for three years, mostly for the journal, but the other perks are great, too!
18. Tundra Slip-on Aerogel Booties
I love my Outdoor Research Aerogel Booties. You may be thinking that you’ll just wear your biking shoes around camp, but guaranteed you’ll want something more comfortable at night.
These booties are only 0.6 oz and they’re flexible so you can pack them anywhere. They come in men’s as well.
19. Vis Pro 1000 Trail Headlight
Every bikepacker needs a good bike light. The Light & Motion 1000 trail light puts out 1000 lumens of light and has several settings including a Trail-Mode that casts a far-reaching beam to light to illuminate trail obstacles. It can also be mounted on the handlebars, helmet, or GoPro mounts for versatility.
This light is expensive, but it’s also reliable and durable and even waterproof up to 1 meter.
20. Jet Boil Stash
Cooking on a bikepacking trip tends to be pretty simple (hello dehydrated meals), but you’ll still need a stove to boil water.
I love the Jet Boil Stash cooking system. It comes with a Jet Boil stove as well as a .8 L pot with lid and it all weighs just 7.1 ounces (not including the fuel).
21. Wolf Tooth 8 Bit Kit One
A good multi-tool is essential for any bikepacker. I know $140 is a lot for a tool, but the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Kit One is designed to be the only tool you need. It comes with hex wrenches, a tire lever, tire plugs, pliers, a utility knife, and much more.
If you’re looking for a lightweight tool that does it all, this is it.
22. Rogue Panda Custom Frame Bag
Rogue Panda makes custom bikepacking bags in Flagstaff, Arizona. Unlike other brands that have one-size-fits-all bags, Rogue Panda actually makes frame bags that fit your specific bike model.
You can also choose your own colors, patterns, and style like this doubledecker one.
24. Garmin Edge 830
I have the Garmin Edge 830 bike computer that I use on my bikepacking trips and I love it. It does take some time to figure out, but once you’ve spent an hour or two playing around with the settings, it’s very user-friendly.
25. Big Agnes Copper Spur Bikepacking Tent
I recently invested in the Big Agnes Copper Spur Bikepacking UL2 tent and I have to say I’m quite impressed. It has shorter poles for easier packing on a bike and it comes in a handlebar carry case if you want to strap it on the bars.
I also love the fast fly option if you’re bikepacking in warmer temps and don’t need to bring the full tent.
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Which of these bikepacking gifts sound perfect to you? What other gift ideas do you have? Let us know in the comments!