Packing for vacation can often be stressful. Packing for a week-long cycling tour can seem downright daunting. A thorough cycling tour packing list can ease the stress of packing, and also ensure that you’re prepared for a variety of situations during your bike trip.


  • Baselayer
  • Cycling jerseys
  • Bibs or bike shorts
  • Cycling socks
  • Padded cycling gloves
  • Arm/Leg warmers
  • Rain jacket
  • Wind vest
  • Overshoes
  • Cycling cap or skullcap
  • Cycling shoes
  • Your own pedals
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Front and rear bike lights, plus charger
  • Energy bars/gels
  • Electrolyte tablets
  • 2 Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Day pack for rain/wet gear
  • Compression tights or socks


  • Off bike casual clothing
  • Dinner casual clothing
  • Walking shoes or sandals
  • Swim suit
  • Sweatshirt/Sweater/Fleece
  • Cap or sun hat


  • Spare tires
  • Spare tubes
  • Saddle bag
  • 2 Tire levers
  • Bike pump
  • Frame or mini-pump
  • CO2 valve (you cannot bring the canisters on the airplane)
  • Patch kit
  • Multi-tool
  • Pedal wrench
  • Chain tool
  • Chain lube and rag
  • Baby wipes
  • Lightweight lock and cable
  • Spare derailleur hanger
  • Spare chain
  • Chain quick link


  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Passport
  • Airline tickets
  • All hotel info
  • All local contact phone numbers
  • Routing info and cue sheets
  • Mobile phone + charger
  • International power adapters
  • Camera + charger
  • Small baggie of laundry detergent powder
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • Watch
  • Waterproof cycling jersey pouch/wallet

REMINDER – it’s always a good idea to pack your helmet, cycling shoes, pedals and one set of cycling kit in your carry-on bag. This way if your luggage doesn’t turn up at your destination, you can still start your cycling trip with a rental bike.

Packing your bike for air travel is of course an important part of your cycling tour packing list! We will cover various options bike box options, and how to pack your bike for air travel in the next article.

cycling tour packing list

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