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What To Pack On A Multi-Day Cycling Trip

What to Pack on a Multi-Day Cycling Trip

If you’re heading out self -supported on a multi-day cycling trip then you need to consider a few things. Are you planning to camp or stay in B&B’s and hotels? How much weight do you want to carry?

This list is geared towards people who don’t want to carry a lot and who are staying in accommodation other than tents. Adding camping equipment and a tent/sleeping bag likely means you’ll have to carry a set of front panniers. Consider the following essential or highly worthwhile for a multi-day (2-7 day) bike ride.

"Number your panniers so you can remember what you put where"

Number your panniers so you can remember what you put where

MUST HAVE BIKE GEAR

  • Waterproof panniers (I like the Axiom brand)
  • Hand pump
  • Patch kit, levers
  • 1 – 2 spare tubes
  • Synthetic lubricant
  • Multi-purpose bike tool
  • Spare chain section, a spoke
  • Bike computer
  • Bicycle lock
  • Front gear bag for day items
  • Cable ties – useful for all manner of things
  • Duct tape or electrical tape
  • Compression straps and/or a few bungee cords

Personal Gear for the Bike

  • 2 pairs of bike shorts so you can alternate every day
  • 1 pair quick dry pants for cycling
  • 2-3 pairs of biking socks + 1 pair of waterproof socks
  • Bike shoes
  • 2 quick dry cycling jerseys + one long sleeved jersey if the weather is colder
  • Arm warmers, leg warmers
  • Rain gear including a helmet cover, shoe covers, pants and jacket
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana

Off the Bike Gear

  • Several pairs of quick dry underwear
  • 1 – 2 pairs of socks depending on the season – merino wool is great
  • Sandals and runners
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirt + one clean shirt
  • Fleece jacket
  • Sleeping attire
  • Personal toiletries and medications including sunscreen, lip protection and insect repellent
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Alarm clock
  • Books, Kindle, Journal, Pen, Cellphone
  • Maps
  • Camera and binoculars, batteries, solar recharger
  • Corkscrew, cutlery set, collapsible bowl and cup
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • First aid kit with pain killers, Benadryl, bandaids, Neosporin, gauze, waterproof tape, iodine solution for wound cleaning

Miscellaneous gear

  • 2 water bottles or a CamelBack
  • Assorted power bars
  • Warm set of cycling gloves for cold weather

For shorter trips in hot weather, you can usually get by with fewer clothes. I find it easiest to wash bike shorts and jerseys every day so I always have a clean pair to put on.

The list is a guideline only. People develop personal preferences over time. Certainly getting a bike well tuned before any big trip is a good idea. And if you’re biking in an area with bike repair shops then you might be able to get by with less repair gear.

What have I not included in this cycling list that you always take?

Leigh McAdam

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Great list though I’m missing chocolate and a bottle for the corkscrew, not to mention the Compeed gel plaster that cures almost anything. But how do you fit all that into two saddle bags?

    1. @Mette You would be amazed at what fits into two saddlebags. We can’t buy Compeed in Canada but I stock up on the stuff when I’m in Europe. I make sure my Swiss Army knife has a corkscrew and chocolate is a great addition – and required for energy.

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