5 Day Minimal Gear Packing List

Last year I brought the entire kitchen sink for a 75-day trip across country. This time around, I’ll be going minimal and wanted to share what I’ve packed for a 5-day bike packing trip on Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles from Virginia to North Carolina. We’re planning to start East in Lynchburg, VA to Sparta, NC, and hope to cover somewhere around  200 miles. There are several grades especially when traveling from the east, so swapping my platform pedals for clipless pedals is a must. My camera gear would be the heaviest in my arsenal but I look at this as a necessity. Aside from that, this is a very light collective of gear packed for the terrain we’ll be covering.

Riding Gear
Shorts, Thermals, Puff Jacket/Rain
Jacket, 2 shirts, Bib, Underwear, Socks, Cycling shoes, Sandals
Compass, Pump, Tube, Patch kit, Tire levers, Allen key set, Bungie/rope, Knife
Sleep System
Hilieberg Akto Tent, REI Radiant Plus, Sleeping pad
Camera/ Lighting
DSLR, GoPro, Headlamp, Front/Rear Lights, Batteries
Toiletries, Map, Journal

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Ridden & Written by

Dwayne Burgess (Manual Pedal)



  1. Lift Kits

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    • Dwayne Burgess

      Thank you for the kind words! Glad you stopped by.

  2. Simon Johnson

    Great website! I can heartily recommend Hilleberg tents. I have the soulu.

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