What to Pack for a Bike Vacation

What to Pack for a Bike Vacation

If you are planning a bike vacation, packing is an important part of preparation. Once you’ve selected which Bike Tour Vacation you want to go on, you will have to start buying some supplies, or rounding up what you already have. The central rule behind packing for a bike trip is: less is more. This is because the less weight you carry, the more fun the bike ride will be. Here is a comprehensive checklist of things you will need on the trip while you are biking:


  • Cycling jerseys
  • Bike shorts
  • Biking gloves
  • Clip-in pedals or flat pedals
  • Athletic socks
  • Athletic shoes or specific cycling shoes
  • Breathable jacket
  • Arm/leg warmers (especially important for our Great Lakes Bike Tours)
  • Rain jacket, rain hat and other rain clothes
  • Sunglasses that will adequately protect your eyes
  • Headband or hat that will inhibit sun rays from giving you sun damage
  • Elbow, knee and shin pads
  • Hydration pack or camelback to ensure you do not get dehydrated
  • Bike saddle for maximum comfort
  • Helmet (this is an absolute must for safety if not aesthetics)


However, you aren’t going to be on your bike the whole time so it is also important that you bring some clothing and gear for down time. These include (but are not limited to): sun hat, bathing suit, camera and charger, rain gear for not biking, casual attire that will be comfortable to wear when you are engaging in downtime activities or sightseeing, a sweater or jacket for cold evenings and anything else that may make you more comfortable while off the bike.


Also you will just need some regular travel essentials and miscellaneous items. Here, Bike Tour Vacations gives you a comprehensive list:


  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Leatherman or travel knife
  • Bandanas
  • flashlight/lantern
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lightweight lock and cable
  • Water carrying containers, or bladders for a more lightweight approach
  • First aid kit
  • Bungee cords or nylon cord
  • Cords to hang bags and bear spray, depending on where the trip will take you


Lastly, there a few tools you may need, but if you are traveling with an esteemed bike company like Bike Tour Vacations, most likely, the leader of the tour will have everything covered on that front. But it’s not bad to prepare, just in case!


  • Mini-pump
  • Electrical tape
  • Blue loctite
  • Tire levers or a kit that will patch a tire
  • Spare tube
  • Spare tire depending on the length of the trip
  • Spoke wrench
  • Chain tool or a multi-tool can also do this job
  • Brake cable
  • Small chain lube and rag
  • A light for riding your bike at night
  • Duct tape (this works for everything!)


You may not need all of the gear we’ve listed in this blog, but it’s good to know all of your options. Contact Bike Tour Vacations today to figure out exactly what you need to bring and how you can schedule your next bike vacation!