Backpacking can still be considered somewhat sexy, but it’s certainly not as novel as it once was. Everyone from baby boomers to Gen Y’s gap-year crowd and even Hollywood (hello, Wild?) knows someone who has done it. On the contrary, drop the word “bikepacking” into a conversation with your coworkers and unless you work in a bike shop, you’ll probably see at least one deer in the headlights.
It’s okay. This hybrid of biking and camping hasn’t gone mainstream yet—especially since a lot of bikepacking takes place on backcountry trails and rural roads. But since May is National Bike Month, there’s no time like the present to take your bike out for a spin and a sleepover. Skip the packing-from-scratch headache and see here for some gear that you’ll want to take along for the ride.