3) Sleeping Bag and Air Mattress

Touring after a bad nights sleep is always a struggle. Photo: iStock

Having the right season sleeping bag for your cycle tour is an important consideration. Temperatures can drop surprisingly quick at night so having a cold-weather sleeping bag is essential for a good night’s sleep on the road. A great model from the Alpkit range is the Pipe Dream 600, featuring ethically sourced down feathers, and a low-temperature rating in a low-weight package. They also have even lighter sleeping bags that are great for warmer climates.

Buy from: alpkit.com
Prices from: £230

After years of getting terrible nights sleep on a cheap foam pad, I finally made the upgrade to an inflatable air mattress for cycle touring and never looked back. The NeoAir Xlite from Thermarest is one of the smaller options out there, but with over 2 inches of depth is still very comfortable. Weighing in at just over 300g, this will boost your comfort whilst cutting down on weight.

Buy from: ellis-brigham.com
Prices from: £130

Top tip: Check your camping surface for sharp objects to avoid punctures.