Always watch the weather – from the early warning that we might get drenched on our Weekend Escape to the last minute decision to put a fly on a tent the evening of a torrential downpour, we have learned that it always pays to watch the weather.
Bring extra socks – whether due to a surprise rainstorm or an unexpected stream crossing, few things are more miserable than getting stuck with a damp pair of socks for a weekend on the bike. Bring more socks than you think you’ll need and make sure to keep them dry.
Know your water supplies – on more than one occasion we have been forced to ration water and even cut back on the amount of coffee we make in the morning, neither of which is ideal for a weekend of riding. Know your water sources and make sure to pack plenty of liquids (hydration packs are a great option).
Pack an end of day reward – after a long day on the bike one of the few things better than spending time around a campfire is spending time around a campfire with a tasty snack or an adult beverage. For the latter we recommend either a flask or canned rosé.