Packing List

After years of recreating packing lists for every trip and inevitably forgetting something important, I created one packing list that I use over and over. I still forget something on every trip, but I spend less time packing.

I use this list as a base and modify it depending on the weather and the route. This is a list of what I use when touring; you will surely have to modify it for your own trip.

Clothing

For bike jerseys, I prefer lightweight, quick drying fabric. I have a Gore Bike Wear jersey that is perfect for touring. For bike shorts and leggings, I find Pearl Izumi padding most comfortable for long rides. Friends have also recommended triathlon shorts, because the padding is thinner and dries faster.

  • bike shorts (2)
  • bike jerseys (3)
  • arm warmers
  • bike shoes
  • extra shoes/sandals
  • shower sandals
  • sweatshirt/fleece
  • wool long-sleeve shirt
  • hiking pants
  • long underwear pants
  • fleece pants
  • lightweight coat
  • socks
  • underwear
  • bathing suit

Bike Gear

  • rain booties
  • rain coat
  • multi-tool
  • extra tubes
  • framepump
  • cartridges
  • chain lube/cloth
  • bike lights
  • chammois cream – I prefer to use this in stick form, like the Chamois Butt’r GoStik, because it’s easier to carry and less messy.
  • hat

Camping Gear

  • sleeping pad
  • sleeping bag
  • tent
  • cook stove – I switched to JetBoil after I found a stove and pan on sale, and I’ve never looked back. The stove heats quickly without using much gas and packs up into a small package.
  • cooking gas
  • cooking pots
  • silverware
  • headlamp
  • swiss army knife
  • lighter
  • fire starter
  • rain poncho
  • camping mug
  • cutting board
  • clothes line
  • pocket shower
  • mosquito repellent
  • iodine tablets
  • dromedary

Toiletries

  • bar soap
  • face wash
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • handiwipes
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • floss
  • camp towel
  • camp washcloth
  • small Kleenex packets
  • contact lens solution
  • extra contacts
  • glasses

Food

  • coffee
  • tea
  • hot chocolate
  • oatmeal packets
  • bars
  • gummies

Miscellaneous

  • cell phone
  • wallet
  • keys
  • fast cell phone charger
  • external battery
  • Kindle
  • check book
  • map holder
  • coins for coin operated showers
  • map
  • zip ties
  • ouch pouch
  • ziploc bags
  • sleep mask
  • ear plugs (campgrounds can be noisy)
  • passports

Emergency Repair Items

Because stuff happens.

  • tire levers
  • patch kit
  • FiberFix spoke replacement
  • one shift cable
  • one brake cable
  • tweezers
  • spare bolts (stainless M5 bolts)
  • spare cleat bolts
  • tire boot
  • SRAM quick links for a chain