Packing for a Cycling tripPosted on January 25, 2014
What to pack?
Travelling light is key!
A cycling holiday is all about comfort. If you have 2 pairs of good quality cycling shorts these are the first things to pack. Certainly for moderate or challenging trips it is a necessity. However, for easier or more leisurely cycling, a few pairs of comfortable regular shorts are more than adequate. After that it is all about layers and so a few T-shirts and warmer sweatshirts/fleeces is perfect.
Cycling gloves may not be for everyone but ardent cyclists will have them. For easy and leisurely trips, this is a personal choice but I think it is important to protect your hands over the course of the week.
The weather can change so do take a waterproof jacket. And, top tip, if it is raining keep a plastic bag handy and when you take a break use it to cover your seat so that you have a dry bottom for the rest of the ride! Bliss!
For sunny days sunglasses and high factor sun cream are essential. Don’t forget to pack a scarf to protect your neck when cycling and take a hat to wear when sightseeing.
Remember, on an organised cycling holiday you have a spacious pannier on your bike to pack your valuables and anything you need for the days ride.
Nowadays you can find small hand sized binoculars and these are always a nice extra to have. Also, rather than bringing your big SLR camera, it is great to have a small compact pocket sized camera that you can whip out to catch that unique scene. Finally a plug adapter for recharging phones, camera, Ipods etc. is a must.