Bark & Spark

Hike – Bike – Camp

Packing List


Bikepacking Spain 2019

Solo Month long trip in Spain ^ See: Bikepacking Basque Country, Spain

Bike tree christchurch

5 day trip in New Zealand South Island ^ See: NZ Packing List


Bikepacking 2017

gear karta burna

This is my Packing list. To the very last drop. For more details on the below items – there will be links in every section to go into further detail and reviews on specific items with weights. (I have found you can’t trust advertised weights so I bought a kitchen scale to provide true weight.) Keep in mind, the photos of the gear are from back in 2017 and I have updated much of my gear since then.

I find I learn most on my smaller adventures, my weekenders where I am really testing the gear and paying attention to what works and what doesn’t. I started collecting hiking equipment when I was 8 years old and joined Cub Scouts. Since then my equipment and how I use it has evolved over the last 20 years. Some things get updated but some pieces have stuck with me a long time. I like to question myself and every component – Questions like;

  1. Do I require this to survive the trip?
  2. Do I require this to enjoy the trip?
  3. Is this the lightest and most compact version?
  4. Do I need to win lottery to update it?

(5. If you live in Australia or other smaller economies: Is it available for me to buy?)

The gear I will be reviewing on Bark & Spark will be mainly for bikepacking but I am learning that hikers could actually learn a thing or two from bikepackers! These guys are not only fiercely ultra-light but also (and more importantly) super compact!

It’s also constant and evolving process…

Evolution of Bikepacking

So what am I currently carrying? Below I have listed the items of what I pack for multi-day Bikepacking trips in most Western Australian environments (no snow). I know it seems like a lot, but I’ve been very specific, focused on compatibility so it fits in the bikepacking bags.

((You will see some updates and certain components added or crossed out – the Gear Updates are explained in detail here:  New Gear! Tried & Tested))

The Bike:

  • The Surly ECR 27.5+ with Moloko Bars
  • Modified handlebar stem 31.8mm x 45mm
  • Specialized Power Comp Saddle
  • Tubeless tyres (I have two wheel sets) – 27.5×3″ or 29×2.35″
  • Helmet – Bell Super DH (can convert to full face for MTBing)
  • Crane Japan E-Ne Bell
  • Dynamo Hub
  • Sinewave Revolution USB Charger
  • Serfas Red LED
  • Cateye Volt 800 RC Front Light
  • Abus 205 Combi-loop Bike Lock (long thin lock for around trees or through gear)
  • Abus Bordo Granit (tough foldable lock)
  • Note: If travelling overseas – Travel insurance, I found FastCover will cover a bike if it’s under 3 years old.

More details on Choosing a bike and getting it fit

Bike bags:

  • Surly Frame Bag (to suit Small ECR)
  • Revelate Harness
  • Revelate Egress Pocket
  • Revelate Gas Tank
  •  2 x Mountain Feedbag
  • Revelate Viscacha Seat bag
  • 2 x Salsa Anything Cages
  • 2 x Salsa Anything Cage bags
  • Voile Straps
  • 2 x Bidon Cage Looney Bin (for 1.5L bottles)
  • 1 x Normal Bottle Cage (for 600ml bottles)
  • Caribenagear-bags.jpg

Cooking kit:


  • Soto Windmaster Stove Titanium
  • Butane Gas bottle (100g lasts me 7 days)
  • Sea to Summit X-Kettle
  • Sea to Summit X-Plate
  • Snow Peak 450ml Ti Cup
  • Plastic Titanium spork
  • Flick knife
  • Flint
  • Matches
  • Scourer
  • Bin bags (I usually use dog poop bags because they are liquid tight 😉 )

More details on Cooking Kit

Sleeping kit:IMG_4335

  • Odyssey insuLITE Sleeping Bag – Comfort (5deg)
  • Sea to Summit Spark 2
  • Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Sleeping Mat – 0.64Kg
  • Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme Liner – 0.4Kg
  • Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow – Regular – 0.07Kg
  • Coleman Ridgeline 2P 1.7KgI

If no Tent

  • DD Hammocks Small Tarp
  • Alpkit Hunka XL Bivy

If tent:

  • Wilderness Equipment Space 2

Water: gear-water.jpg

(5L minimum – I am touring in Western Australia after all)

  • Camelbak 750ml Insulated Water bottle
  • Sea to Summit Packtap 4L 
  • 2 x 1.5L Plastic Bottles (if needed)
  • ASIS 750ml double walled Insulated water bottle (can keep hot for 12 hours)
  • Lifestraw (bit too bulky but super light)
  • 2 foldable 500mm water bottles Anaconda
  • Aquatabs Purification tablets

Emergency & First Aid: gear-toiletries-first-aid-e1512640337382.jpg

Bike Repair kit:

gear bike tools

  • Blackburn Wayside Multi-tool
  • Multi-tool (2nd hand w pliers)
  • 2 x tie down straps
  • Electrical tape
  • Chain lube
  • Cable ties
  • Lezyne Micro Floor Drive Tyre Pump
  • Digital reader
  • Spare tube
  • Tyre patch kit
  • Super glue
  • Nuts and bolts (for bottle cages)
  • Spare chain link
  • Dynaplug
  • C02 Canister

Electronics & Accessories: gear-electronics.jpg

  • Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
  • iPhone 6 – Telstra (if overseas use SimsDirect for prepaid SIM card ready to go)
  • Quad Lock Handlebar Mount
  • Cateye Wireless Bike Computer – basic
  • USB Powerbank – Goal Zero Flip 30 Recharger Anker 20,000mAH
  • Skull Candy Wireless headphones
  • UBS Wall charger
  • Various charging cords
  • Tom Tom Bandit Action Camera
  • GoPro Hero7
  • Mini Tripod
  • Apps used: Google Maps, Trailforks, Splittr, Podcasts, Kindle, Camera, Hostelworld, Google Translate, Rome2Rio, Strava, WhatsApp, Spotify
  • Garmin Fenix 5 watch


  • Notebook and pen
  • Paper maps
  • Wallet & Cash
  • Mosquito Headnet
  • Harmonica
  • Pack of cards **only if I have travelling companion
  • Sunglasses case
  • Fold up S2S Backpack


  • Toothbrush gear-toiletries-first-aid1.jpg
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Facewipes  Face Cloth or Chux Wipe
  • Eco Soap (for clothes washing)
  • Hairbrush and Hair ties
  • Deoderant
  • Lucas Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (lipbalm)
  • Antibacterial Handwash
  • Toilet Paper
  • Luna Cup (best thing ever invented)
  • Nail clippers with file
  • Tweezers
  • Microfibre Towel
  • Earplugs
  • Natures Kiss Chafe-ease Chamios cream
  • Bug Spray (small)
  • Mozziegear Mosquito band
  • Sunscreen SPF30 Water Resistant
  • Razor

Clothes:gear clothes

  • Marmot Featherless Hoody 0.380Kg
  • Salomon X Ultra Prime Hiking Shoes
  • MerinoBASE Thermal top
  • MerinoBASE Thermal pants
  • 4 x Underwear
  • Bikini bottom and Sports crop top (to wear as bathers but can double as more undergarments)
  • 3 x Socks (2 x ankle socks and 1 x Outdoor Thermal Sock)
  • 1 x Bra
  • Specialized Andorra Bike Shorts
  • Thongs (Flip flops)  TEVA Reef Sandals (so you can ride in them)
  • Lorna Jane pull-up pants
  • 2 x T-Shirt
  • Long sleeve shirt + 1 x singlet
  • Dingo Dreaming Head Scarf (buff)
  • Riding Gloves
  • Hat
  • Beanie
  • Raincoat
  • Slipper style Booties (great to sleep in or wear around camp)
  • Eyres Terminator Safety Glasses
  • Oakley Radar EV Path (Prizm Trail) riding glasses

Bikepacking with dogs: gear-dogs.jpg

  • Dog lead
  • Dog Harness
  • Dog Shoes – PomPreece
  • Sea to Summit X-Plate
  • Twice the amount of dog biscuits than normal
  • Omega-3 tablets
  • Dog poop bags



  • Vital Green Sachets
  • Clif Bars
  • Corn Chips
  • Coffee, tea and peppermint bags
  • Airwave gum
  • Random nuts/lollies
  • Sandwich bags


  • Muesli with Craisens


Inside Australia – I use a dehydrator to make a lot of my food



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