Camping always gives you a sense of freedom. You are able to pick up your tent whenever you like and move on to a new spot. You can choose where you want to camp, either one of the great camping spots in the wild or the more relaxed and more equipped situation of a camping site. To add that bit extra freedom to your camping holiday, why not try a camp holiday along with your bicycle?
There are some considerations you will need to take into account beforehand though. Going on a camping holiday with a bike means you have to choose light equipment and pay a bit more for your gear. This is in contrast to normal camping equipment which does not need to have any special qualities and you don’t really have to worry too much about weight, unless you intend carrying your gear to the campsite and this happens to be a good trek. You can also afford to spend less money on your tent and other pieces for a normal camping trip because you know they are going to be stored in the boot of the car and will not take too much of a battering. Plus you can always get into your car if the worst comes to the worst.
What does that mean for a bicycle camping trip? It means that you are only going to be able to take what you can safely carry. There’s no point in overloading yourself with equipment if it means putting a compromise on your ability to cycle safely. Also, because there will be greater wear and tear, rubbing together and so on, your equipment needs to be a bit more robust than you’d find in the discount store.
So the first piece of equipment you need to think about is a tent.
During the hot season, all you might need is a basic ground sheet and something to cover your head in case of rain. You’ll need something more substantial outside of summer. You don’t have to pay a fortune for your tent, but you will need to find something that is a bit over the average. The same goes for your sleeping bag. Remember that all this gear is going to be on your bike in all weathers, so it needs to withstand a lot of abuse.
Your camping equipment for a cycling holiday does not have to be top of the range, expedition type gear, but it does need to withstand the elements, both when you are in it and when it is on your bike. It also needs to be light. Of course, if more people who are going on your trip with you, then you can stretch the load between you. When it comes to cooking gear, you can buy some remarkably light cooking and eating utensils. The same goes for your stove. Shop around to get the best deal, but remember that the cheapest camping gear is going to come at a price, long term durability. So go for the best you can afford.