Brompton Overnight Gear
Here’s a complete listing of gear brought on a sub-24-hour overnight camping trip on a Brompton folding bike. The trip took place in mid-October, with daytime temps in the low to mid 50’s and low 40’s overnight.
Lightweight nylon backpack
Comments: My original idea was to get everything in the T-Bag, and —in warmer weather— this would have been completely doable.
Bike: Brompton H3E Superlight
Phone & charger
Toolkit (fitted inside Brompton frame), spare tube and pump
Front and rear rechargeable bike lights
Personal items: toothbrush and toothpaste, advil (just in case)
Shelter and sleeping
2-person Nemo Galaxi backpacking tent (fits neatly at the bottom of the T-Bag!)
Nemo Tensor Ultralight Sleeping pad (this is amazing and rolls up smaller than a beer can)
REI synthetic sleeping bag, nothing special
Thin alpaca wool blanket —this would not have been necessary in warm weather, but made a crucial difference on this trip since I knew my sleeping bag would be insufficient.
Pre-cooked spaghetti with meat sauce packed in plastic container
MSR Pocket Rocket campstove and one fuel canister
MSR Camp Cookware Set (more than I needed but it was the only one I had)
Insulated steel tumbler
Folding eating utensils
32 oz bottle of water
MSR Trailshot Pocket water filter (I didn’t need it, but I did'n’t know what the water situation would be)
Pssst, don’t tell anyone! 1/2 small carton of Bandit Cab to enjoy with my spaghetti.
Comments: I considered bringing coffee-making apparatus, but opted for tea bags for optimum simplicity. It turned out I did not miss the coffee. Similarly, I would have enjoyed having a hot breakfast at the campsite, but decided against the complications of carrying extra stuff and having extra clean-up.
Thin stretch cargo pants (these were sufficient for the ride in, but were packed away once I arrived in favor of warmer gear)
Gym shoes (my Brompton does not have clipless pedals)
Thin wool long johns
Insulated windfront biking pants (not tights)
Thin LS merino wool jersey
Insulated synthetic jersey
Synthetic fleece hat
Thin packable down jacket
1 pair of thin merino socks
2 pairs of thick merino socks
Comments: at night I wore pretty much everything except the jacket (which I used as a pillow) and the cargo pants. I layered the cozy merino socks with air gaps between the layers, and they kept my feet warm all night.