The popularity of gravel grinding or all-road riding has boomed as more folks find the pleasure of leaving pavement and high-traffic roads in favor of less-traveled dirt roads, trails and paths. For me these rides range from a day spent mostly on roads and even a mix of pavement and dirt, all the way to singletrack and the occasional full on mountain bike trail. Often times these rides are a combination of all those options.
With so much variety it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to bring along. In my experience I have found it best to plan for the worst and make a habit of consistently bringing a similar kit. You would certainly want more than the following for a longer ride, and I often par these things down if I am out for a quick spin, but here are the basics.
Let's start of where we are going to keep all this stuff. For the last year I have been running my Porcelain Rocket half frame bag. Could I fit these things in a jersey pocket, or a fanny pack? Sure. But with the frame bag I can ride in whatever shirt and keep everything off my back, which is a huge plus. Also if I find myself wanting to stop at a gas station for a major snack restock or a road soda, I have lots of room to shove that all in there. I can also easily unzip the bag and grab things while riding, and there is just enough room for me to carry two bottles on the bike.