First time bike camping – our list of supplies

We’re city folk at heart, so camping is not something that comes naturally to us. To get ready for camping, I ordered a couple of books with tips and ideas for camping with kids. I’d recommend both of these books.

“Camping with kids” was a fun read about the ups and downs and lessons learned (the hard way) of camping with wee ones. It’s a good read in order to keep your expectations in check. While it has lots of practical advice, I think that “Camp Out” had even more.

Camp Out has a star gazers guide, recipes, ghost stories, activities, animal prints guide, checklists and more. Also, it has very cute illustrations. Who doesn’t like advice from a hiking bear?

Maybe we’re nerdy, but I liked reading about camping first.


We also bought a lot of our camping gear at the end of last summer to save some money.  You can find some really good deals if you don’t mind waiting.

We always thought we’d attempt bike camping, so when purchasing our gear we tried really hard to balance cost with weight and compactness.   The lighter and more compact, the more expensive.  This is where the end of season sales come in handy.

Here’s what we brought along – we managed to fit everything into our Wike “Grocery Cart” and two panniers on our Kona Minute.




  • Packaged camp food
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Starbucks VIA coffee
  • Cup-a-soup
  • Rice and pasta
  • Bagels
  • Fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal and rice milk
  • Pancake mix
  • Condiments: sugar, oil, cheese


Clothing etc.

  • MSR Quick dry towels (light, compact, not too pricey)
  • Me: quick dry t-shirts and tops, long pants, warm socks for night and a good rain coat and my Buff (AKA Mosquito-B-Gone shield), Teva hiking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Alden: quick dry pants, t-shirts, socks, rain coat, Keen hiking shoes, Columbia sun shield hat (he looked like a real little explorer and it kept the sun and bugs off his neck)
  • Husband: regular clothes, jeans, tees, heavy sweater, Blundstone boots
  • Lightweight backpack (got this half price!)


First aid etc.

  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen (waterproof!)
  • AfterBite
  • First Aid Kit (with extra band aids!)
  • Tylenol
  • A couple of plastic bags (garbage and dew-cover for the Weehoo)
  • A pocket dry bag in case of rain for our electronics (phone, camera, Garmin)

Oh, and our camera, of course.  : )

One item that I would still like to get is a single person tent AKA “farting tent” for a certain sub-four footer (who shall remain nameless) that thinks farting is funny.  I’m not joking.  I am actively considering the purchase of a farting tent.

Read more:

Part 1: Biking from Ottawa to Plaisance.

Part 2: Biking, hiking, turtles and oh dear, canoeing

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Comments: 3

  1. Because I didn’t have a lot of money on my first bike tour, I bought and used inferior equipment. Because the gear I was using was cheap and ill equipped for the conditions I was throwing at it, many of my most important items broke, tore, or were destroyed by the time the tour was over.