well. Gwyn and i have slowly been getting the gear we think we need to do some camping off the back of the bikes.. we picked up a 2 person light weight tent, a couple good self inflating sleeping mats, and some 30 deg sleeping bags. now i can get all this into a medium sized duffel bag across the passenger seat of one bike. i dint plan on doing the cooking thing.. find someplace to eat before stopping for the night..
now the question we have is what else might i need other than the basics i have mentioned. i am like any typical first timer trying something new.. and packing lots of stuff i dint need.. LOL.. so i am looking for advice on what is needed.. and what isn't..
Check the list and enjoy...
1. Pack(s) to store gear in.
2. Sleeping bag(s)
and pillow or pillow-sized fleece bag to fill stuff with to use as pillow.
3. Sleeping bag pad
4. Bivy sack/tent (check stakes and poles are accounted for & seams look good)
5. Nylon straps (2)
6. Nalgene quart bottles (2) or 2-3L reservoir (Camelbak, etc.)
7. 2L Cooking pot w/lid (for boiling water) and lexan utensils
8. White gas/multi fuel cook stove
9. Stove fuel (~1/4L per day; depends on stove - test at home first)
10. Petzel headlamp (Tikka, Tactikka, etc.); extra batteries
11. Toilet paper without the cardboard center, toothbrush/paste/floss
12. Liquid camp soap, deodorant
13. Matchstick (extended length) butane lighter
14. Stove paste (if possibly below 32F or high elv.)
16. Spare butane disposable lighter (no generics)
17. 100' of 550# test parachute cord
18. First-aid kit (add disposable plastic poncho, iodine tabs, ibuprofen & chemical hand warmers
w/valid expiration date here)
Rules of thumb/tips…
Don't forget the basics…Wallet, cash/credit cards spare set of keys, cell phone, clothing…
Polyester and wool work great in winter. 200 weight malden mills material (polartec) is my favorite.
Gore-tex should be reserved for temps of 35 - 85F during precipitation events.
Cotton works great in summer.
Always wear wool or polyester on your feet when hiking.
Avoid polypropylene unless you like to stink.
Cotton/poly long underwear great to sleep in year 'round if reserved for sleeping only.
2 warm meals a day + ample healthy snacks minimum.
1/2 the number of your weight in lbs. = approximate ounces of water you should drink each day.
Bring water to rolling boil to destroy organic contaminants. Inorganic removal requires filtering.
Choose backpacking meals (mountain house, etc.) that require water only to add to the bag.
Thus never allowing any substance to grace your pot except for water (no cleaning).
Make sure to cool the boiled water down sufficiently before pouring into your containers.
Bandana and a leatherman multi-tool on person all the time, so those items are not listed.
A firearm may be a useful tool when camping. Choose and use at your own risk.
Some fish hooks, aluminum foil and some clear fishing line can also be handy for camp use.
A GPS and associated map software works great, but it doesn't replace a map and compass.
Know how to use them both.
Remember, hypothermia and dehydration are your worst enemies. Stay warm and stay hydrated.
Spices are really a nice luxury, as is a book, notebook/pencil combo for long winter nights.
Other potentials: Camera, chapstick, hand/suntan lotion, avalanche shovel, etc.
My recommended pack sizes:
Overnight = 2500 cu, in. or less pack. <20 lbs. Weekend = 3000 cu, in. or less pack <30 lbs
Week = 4500 cu in or less pack <45 lbs. Expedition = 6000 cu in or less pack <65 lbs.
More than 65 lbs. place caches or plan ahead