Bike Camping 101 FEATURE

BIKE CAMPING 101

Travelling with your bike can be a very rewarding experience. Exploring new trails, enjoying the beautiful scenery and breathing the fresh air of nature can be quite refreshing and memorable. The only downside is, it can get expensive, especially if you keep staying at hotels. Enter camping. Bike camping is a combination of two outdoor activities: biking and camping. By avoiding hotels and investing in camping gear, you’ll be able to save a lot of money in the long run. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors more. Here’s a guide on how to go about it the right way.

CHOOSE A CENTRAL LOCATION

If you plan on going on a multi-night biking trip, finding a location where you can camp is a must. You need to do this so that you won’t have to keep packing up your camp and transport your bike. Make sure the location you choose is accessible to all the trails that you want to explore. If you’re going on an overnight trip, however, just pick a spot with the best view near the trail you plan to go.

INVEST IN THE RIGHT CAMPING GEAR

Camping can be very comfortable if you have the right gear. Invest in good quality camping gear and you’ll feel like you’re staying in a hotel. Invest in high-quality backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, cooking gear, hydration packs and navigation devices. These items make up the essential gear you need to have. It might be expensive at first, but over time, you’ll realise the value of having high-quality gear.

PRE-COOK YOUR MEAL

Before going on your trip, make sure to prepare a few meals first. Pre-cooking and slicing everything at home can make your life easier when you’re at the campsite. This holds true for any type of camping and not just for bike camping. Invest in a quality esky so you can store your pre-cooked meals without having to worry that it will go bad after a day. When you’re at the campsite, all you need to do is bring out the pre-cooked food and wrap it in an aluminium foil and warm it up to eat.

DO RESEARCH ON YOUR CAMPSITE

If you’re planning a long trip, researching the potential campsites can be very helpful. Check the campgrounds if they have shower rooms and even bathrooms. It’s important to know what the available amenities are so you can plan ahead. If you’re going rogue and plan to camp in a secluded area, always make sure if the area has a water source. Plus, if you can find a swimming hole, that would be good too. Nothing feels better after a long bike ride than dipping your body in cold, clean water.

CHECK THE FORECASTS

Before going bike camping, or any other kind of camping for that matter, always make sure to check the weather forecasts. That way, you can pack accordingly or maybe just cancel the trip if the weather is unbearable. Making sure you are packed for rain and cold will ensure that bad weather won’t ruin your trip. Extra socks, waterproof biking shoes/boots and rain jacket are a must in these times. If the weather is cold, bring moisture-wicking clothes and extra undergarments ready.

Bike camping can be affordable and loads of fun at the same time when you know how to do it properly. Bike camping is a great way to enjoy the trails and sleep in the outdoors with friends. It’s a great way to see the country.


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.