When it comes to bikepacking, you should aim for the lightest set up as possible because the lighter the load, the easier the bike will be to handle. As such, investing in a lightweight, modern shelter is one the best things you can do. This could be a lightweight one or two-person backpacking tent or, if you really want to save weight and conditions allow, a tarp or bivvy bag. Semi-geodesic or tunnel tents designs are ideal but you can find out more about what works best in our Guide To Lightweight Tent Design.
For a decent night’s sleep, you’ll also want to take along a sleeping bag and mat to bed down with after the day’s ride. Choose a bag with a good warmth-to-weight ratio so it keeps you sufficiently warm, but also packs down small enough to fit on your bike. Down insulated sleeping bags are great for this but you need make sure they stay dry to avoid them losing their insulating properties. In this regard, synthetic bags, although usually slightly bulkier, are a safer option as they can handle getting a little bit wet and dry out quickly. Check out our sleeping bag and sleeping mat buying guides for all you need to know.