All about packing the right stuff …


So today we started getting our things together after having spent 4 hours to pick up the camper van yesterday – traffic around here is crazy these days.

Packing took us around 4 1/2 hours.

As this is not the first MTB trip to the mountains, I’d say I already have a pretty solid list of essential things I need to pack for moutainbiking, but the camping thing adds another dimension to it for which there is no space in that tiny car – I thought.

Good news, all I wanted to take has fit in the van and there’s even space left.


So this is the packing list:

Clothes for cycling

  • Bike jerseys, long sleeves and shirts
  • Bike shorts, out of stretch material for the tours, more robust shorts for the bike park
  • Full finger gloves
  • Cycling socks
  • Base layers
  • Headbands, buff
  • Rain Shorts
  • Rain jacket
  • Wind jacket
  • Vest (Endura Pro SL Primaloft®)
  • Waterproof socks (Sealskinz)
  • MTB shoes

Bike Protection Wear

  • Elbow and knee pads (again soft ones for the trail tours, robust ones for the bike park)
  • Safety jacket
  • Tour & bike park bike helmet (I will take my Giro Switchblade with me, so I can save the space for the downhill helmet)


More cycling “hardware”

  • Bike!
  • Bike backpack
    (in love with my Amplifi Stratos, I had an EVOC backpack when I started mountain biking but I prefer the organization system of the Amplifi backpack)
  • Bike hipbag
  • Hydration pack
  • Sun glasses and lenses
  • Goggles
  • Garmin Edge 520
  • Dirtley bike protection (to protect the carbon frame while on the bike rack)
  • Aqua2Go
  • Bike First Aid Kit
  • Night riding light
  • Bike locks (one for really locking ’em up, the other to fit in the backpack)<

Bike workshop equipment

  • Bicycle tire inflator & booster
  • Tubes
  • Multitool
  • Spare tires, front and rear
  • Lezyne Port-A-Shop Tool Kit
  • Derailleur hanger
  • Chain oil
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tire levers
  • Brake pads
  • Chain link
  • Valves and valve cores
  • Tubeless milk

“Mountaineering” clothes

  • Tracking pants
  • Hiking shoes
  • Climbing shoes (optional)
  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing helmet
  • Hiking jerseys (I wear my bike jerseys and my bike backpack for hiking)
  • Hiking poles

Leisure wear

  • Shirts
  • Warm jacket
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Summer dress
  • Undies
  • Some socks – just for the case
  • Swim wear
  • Baseball cap
  • Do not miss your Oakleys
  • Pyjamas
  • Chucks
  • Bathing shoes
  • Sandals
  • Scarf

Kitchen basics for the camper van

  • Dish Soap & Sponge
  • Dish & kitchen towel
  • Pan and pot
  • Basic set of dishes
  • A proper sharp knife (nothing worse than cooking without a good knife)
  • Cutlery for eating and cooking
  • Foldable camping sink
  • a table BBQ (we have this one – Florabest BBQ)
  • Lighter
  • Espresso maker
  • Thermos bottle
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wine opener
  • Collapsible tupperware
  • Cutting board
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener
  • Sieve
  • Trivet
  • Napkins
  • BBW cleaning brush



  • A good amount of Cliff bars and other high energy oat bars
  • Packed whole grain bread
  • Whole grain pasta, chickpea pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Green Chai and earl grey tea
  • Almond and “normal” milk
  • Cereals
  • Oil & vinegar
  • Bananas & apples
  • Illy Espresso – love it!
  • Wine !
  • Medjool dates
  • Almonds
  • Nutella
  • Spices
  • Raw peanut butter
  • Gin
  • Tonic
  • Rice cracker
  • Fresh chilis
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Feta cheese
  • Pecorino
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Juice


  • Toilet paper 🙂
  • Tiger balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti Brumm
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Hair mask (important otherwise there is a risk that if you meet me at night you may thing it’s the “ghost” from blare witch project)
  • Deodorant
  • Nail scissors, tweezers
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Body lotion
  • Razor
  • Chamois cream
  • Face masks (yeah – it’s gonna be a “wellcation”)
  • Sleep mask
  • Ear plugs

Fresh from the pharmacy

  • Dressing material
  • Pills for pain relief
  • Screen for pain relief
  • Disinfection spray
  • Allergy pills and sprays
  • Something for mosquito bites
  • Magnesium

Other stuff

  • Camping clothes line
  • Camping table and chairs
  • Umbrella
  • Towels (microfiber ones)
  • Sports washing agent
  • Blanket (to sleep and one for the coziness)
  • Pillows
  • Fitted Sheet
  • Camping light
  • Candles
  • Laundry bag
  • Duct tape
  • Sewing kit
  • Tent pegs
  • Doormat
  • Rubbish bags


  • PacSafe – mostly to feel better, as it is still far to simple to destroy the lock or canvas

Electronic stuff

  • Kindle
  • Ipad
  • Smartphone
  • Macbook (for editing the pictures taken)
  • Camera and lenses
  • Camera tripod
  • GoPro
  • Pulse strap
  • Forerunner 235
  • Chargers
  • Headphone
  • USB battery backup
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Chargers for all those devices

Other entertainment

  • Card games
  • Aquarell colors, brush, paper

Do not forget your…

  • Credit card
  • ID
  • Driver’s license


Did I forget anything – for sure!
If something comes to your mind, let me, departure is scheduled for tomorrow.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Werner says:

    Und das passt alles ins Auto? Ich bin begeistert


    1. jelisu says:

      Ja, das hat wirklich alles da rein gepasst, nur den mobilen Hochdruckreiniger haben wir zu Hause gelassen :-).


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