Bike Tour Packing List

A bike trip packing list for a week-long cycle tour

Though this bike tour packing list is for a week-long bike trip on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, I would not pack significantly differently for a longer tour – though I would bring more bike tools and more underwear! I can fit all of this into two Ortlieb Back Roller panniers and a 32L kayaking dry bag strapped to my back rack.

The picture above shows how I set my rear end up ;), though I no longer carrier front panniers.

Bike Tour Packing List

CLOTHES

Wool cycling socks x2 pairs
Wool camp socks
Underwear x1 (luxury)
Sports bras x2
Cycling shorts x1 pairs
Loose shorts x1 pair
Long leggings
Fleece pants
Rain pants
T-shirts x3
Tank top x1
Long-sleeve Merino shirt
Merino sweater
Rain jacket
Toque/Wool Hat
Lululemon Jacket

Biking/hiking shoes

CYCLING

Bike keys
Bike lock
Handlebar bag
Rear panniers x2
Dry bag
2 cam straps
Lights (front and rear)
Light charger cord
Water bottles x2
Seat cover

Patch kit
Tire levers
Screw driver
Allen keys (all sizes for bike parts)
Spare chain link
Spare brake cables
Spare gear cables
Spare tube
Chain lube
Zip ties
Cleaning cloth
Cleaning toothbrush

Helmet
Helmet mirror
Cycling safety glasses
Had Head Cover
Cycling gloves
Scarf

CAMPING

Tent
Sleeping pad
Sleeping bag
Camp pillow (luxury)
Headlamp
Duct tape
Electrical tape
Rope

Camp stove
Stove fuel
Matches
Lighter
Camping knife
Water bag (4L)

Cutting board
Chopping knife
Swiss army knife (w corkscrew & can opener)
Dish brush
Dish cloth
Dish towel
Tupperware containers x2
Camp plates x2
Bamboo cutlery set

FOOD

Salt
Spice mixes (1 Italian spice mix, 1 Mexican spice mix)
Veggie broth
Fresh garlic
Fresh ginger
Olive oil
Soy sauce
Peanut butter
Tea

Red lentils
Granola (home made)
Trail mix
Crackers
Chocolate bars
Ramen (emergency rations)
Japanese curry
Granola bars (home made)

ELECTRONICS

MacBook Air
MacBook power cord
Olympus OM-D EM5 Camera
All camera kit (spare battery, power cord, spare lens etc)
iPhone with Kindle & books installed
iPhone charger
Headphones
External hard drive + cable

PERSONAL ITEMS

Wallet
Spare cash (hidden)
Soap
Toothbrush, paste, floss
Vitamin B12
Nail clippers
Tweezers
Moisturizer
Mini backpack
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Mini first-aid kit
Toilet paper (luxury)
Earplugs
Pack towel
Pen

2 comments

  1. Comment by John J

    John J Reply February 12, 2016 at 2:11 am

    That’s a really useful list, thanks for publishing. I’m due to set out on my first long(ish!) distance bikepack soon, from UK Lands End to Manchester, and any information like this is priceless.
    John

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane February 12, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Amazing. I’ve always wanted to do that route after reading a book about it. Obviously, for that route, you’ll want all your gear to be waterproof and get the best breathable rain jacket you can. Stephen liked his Showers Pass Elite jacket, but felt that it leaked at the shoulder seams a little, so you may want to consider re-sealing the seams?

      Also, just a general tip, pack less than you think you will need. If anything on your list is a maybe, leave it at home.

      Have a great time.

      J

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