If you are looking at going on a bikepacking trip for the first time, it can be overwhelming to think about all of the preparations. From what gear to use, where to go, how many days will you ride, who will you be traveling with, will you camp or stay in hotels, and the list goes one. The people over at bikepacking.com (the source for the picture above) have put together a great resource to help you get things dialed in. Don't feel bad if your first trip does not go exactly as you planned. The first time I did a trip from hotel to hotel, I WAY overpacked and ended up sending things home after day 3. Learn from others who you know that have done bikepacking trips, and check out this great write-up on Bikepacking 101.