Road trip tips from the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew

Tricks on how to pack your car for a two-year (or shorter) MTB adventure

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We carry all our camping gear, bikepacking gear, and trail building / presentation materials in our Yakima Skybox (l). Dont be afriad to check out the local cuisine (r) (click to enlarge)

We carry all our camping gear, bikepacking gear, and trail building / presentation materials in our Yakima Skybox (l). Dont be afriad to check out the local cuisine (r) (click to enlarge).

5. Think Access

Prioritize items you will need to access frequently. Do you like to get out and ride between destinations? Need to have coffee before you can function in the morning? Want your headlamp when it’s dark? Keep these key items in easily accessible places for when you need them most.

Adventures are always better with good food. Having the ability to create top-notch meals no matter where we are is an important part of why we love to travel. With a variety of essentials, our kitchen has allowed us to cook some fresh, tasty meals in the middle of nowhere and we love that.

Adventures are always better with good food. Having the ability to create top-notch meals no matter where we are is an important part of why we love to travel. With a variety of essentials, our kitchen has allowed us to cook some fresh, tasty meals in the middle of nowhere and we love that (click to enlarge).

6. Draw Borders

For the sake of personal packing style, Leilani and I each have our own side of the car, which we can organize however we see fit, as long as our personal belongings stay to the side, leaving a center isle for mutual items such as the cooler, coffee, and our presentation bin full of work material. We keep our duffle bags and daily items we need to get to on a regular basis next to each door. Shoes are in bins behind the front seat. On the back of each front seat are organizational pocket systems for small gizmos and gadgets. This along with cup holders and side door storage allows us to access everything from chain lube to chamois cream.

Items we need on a less regular basis go in the back of the car, because normally our bikes are unloaded when we need these items. If bikes are not unloaded, we can lower them out of the way using the pivot system on our bike rack, which allows the back door to open. Less frequently used items such as camping gear, trail-building tools, bike pumps, spare bike parts, and dirty laundry all live on the roof in the Skybox.

Sometimes the route less traveled is that way for good reason. This road was not the best choice we have made seeking out unique routes, but we made it out. One great thing about an adventure vehicle is that you’ll always be prepared for an unexpected night out, making these unforeseen conditions much less stressful.

Sometimes the route less traveled is that way for good reason. This road was not the best choice we have made seeking out unique routes, but we made it out. One great thing about an adventure vehicle is that you’ll always be prepared for an unexpected night out, making these unforeseen conditions much less stressful (click to enlarge).

7. Bring Tools

Like any adventure, being prepared to solve problems as they arise is critical. Make sure you have a good assortment of tools, including a full spectrum of Allen keys, chain tool, cassette tool, needle nose pliers, cable cutters, zip ties, duct tape, and chain lube. It’s also worth packing a few versatile tools such as a crescent wrench and hammer. Maps are another vital tool. If your smartphone or GPS is lacking signal or battery, a map of the area you’re headed to will provide critical beta.

Have a plan — but don't be afraid to check out a few sights along the way, too.

Have a plan — but don’t be afraid to check out a few sights along the way, too (click to enlarge).

8. Have a Plan

Finally, if you’re considering packing up your rig and hitting the road in search of the adventure, we highly recommend devising at least a loose plan. Though we often end up making changes to our itinerary, it helps to have some ideas and goals for a trip. Whether it’s just a long weekend our a month long adventure, loading up the car and experiencing a new place can be an amazing escape from daily life, especially if that new place is filled with amazing trails. Get out and experience somewhere new, with a little planning and strategizing you won’t regret it.


About the author: Jordan Carr

Having spent more than half his life riding all types of bikes at almost every type of cycling event, Carr loves the freedom two-wheeled travel has brought to his life. Having spent many years behind the stand at a bike shop, he’s tested mountain bike products for a number of publications. Follow Carr's adventures as they travel the country promoting trails and mountain biking on Facebook and Instagram.


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