Exposure might be last on our list, but it’s the only one which affects everyone and we can’t avoid it. Luckily we can limit exposure and its effects on us. The most common types of exposure one could experience while bikepacking are: sun, weather, plants, and animals.
Too much sun can result in sunburns, sun poisoning, dehydration, or chapped lips. Next to exposure to the sun, the weather is probably the next most common type. Weather can come in many forms: wind, rain, cold, or heat.
Plants expose some of us to allergies or to plants like poison ivy, oak and other can cause rashes and more. When traveling to tour or bikepack you might be exposed to unfamiliar plants or plants you are not used to being exposed to at that time of year. This could lead to allergy flare ups.
Exposure extends to animals as well. Bears, mice, snakes, bugs and more can be an issue for anyone when in the backcountry or elsewhere.