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Suggested packing list

See information on appropriate clothing and equipment for your bicycle tour. We also have packing tips to help lighten your load.


  • Helmet
  • Water bottle 
  • Waist pack or small day pack


  • 2 pairs of riding shorts (we recommend padded shorts and that you try them out before your tour) 
  • 2 riding jerseys
  • 2-3 t-shirts and/or casual shirts (quick-dry)
  • Bathing suit 
  • 2 pairs of bike socks and/or 2 pairs of white socks (quick-dry)
  • 1-2 pairs of dress or casual socks
  • Windbreaker or cool-weather jacket (rainproof and breathable) 
  • Light rain jacket or poncho (cheap version is fine—insurance on sunny days!)
  • Bike shoes (not clip-in) or shoes with non-flexing sole (multi-purpose hiking/biking is ideal)
  • 1-2 pairs of riding gloves
  • 2-3 sets of underwear (quick-dry)
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Slacks or light jeans (quick-dry, wrinkle resistant)
  • Belt
  • Sweat band or bandanna
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Polypropelene or Bergolene long underwear (thin, thermal, water-wicking)
  • Arm- and leg-warmers
  • Cool-weather bike gloves (or thermal liner)


If checking a bag:

  • Toiletry kit (with hanging hook, if possible) 
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Razor Hair brush
  • Sun block
  • Vaseline or other salve for chafing
  • Medications (in original bottles with your name on them)
  • Pain reliever of choice
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant (your traveling companions will thank you)
  • Hand sanitizer

If carrying on, flying out of U.S.:

See above, but keep fluids under 3 oz. each, all contained in a quart-size zippered bag. Buy the razor at your destination.


  • Passport, wallet and ID 
  • Health insurance card
  • Travel insurance card
  • Cash, credit cards and/or travelers checks
  • Clothes line (elastic, multi-ply)
  • Small towel (quick-dry)
  • Liquid detergent
  • Alarm clock
  • Camera
  • Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes, and makeshift ponchos)
  • Electronic chargers (for camera, MP3 player, e-reader, cell phone)
  • Adaptors or convertors

First aid kit

(Optional, but a good idea particularly in tropical or developing countries)

  • Insect repellent
  • Antiseptic cream or antibiotic ointment
  • Suncream and total bloc
  • Throat lozenges or hard sweets
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Band-aids and 'Second Skin' for blisters
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotics suitable for a variety of infections
  • Re-hydration salts
  • Dextrose glucose tablets
  • Multi-vitamins

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