Contents1. BIKE AND ACCESSORIESKOGA WORLD TRAVELERTUBUS REAR & FRONT RACKBROOKS SADDLEBOTTLE CAGES (X3)WATER BOTTLESHANDLE BAR MIRRORCATEYE VELO 7 BIKE COMPUTERORTLIEB BACK-ROLLER CLASSIC PANNIERSORTLIEB FRONT-ROLLER CLASSICORTLIEB ULTIMATE 6 HANDLEBAR BAGKRYPTONITE BIKE LOCKTOPEAK MORPH BIKE PUMPSPARE TUBES (X2)PATCH KIT & TIRE LEVERS2. TOOLSTOPEAK HEXUS II BIKE MULTI TOOLPEDAL WRENCHLUBRICANTSHIMANO SPARE BRAKE PADSOTHER TOOLS & SPARES3. CAMPING GEARMSR MUTHA HUBBAROBENS CAUCASUS 900ROBENS AIR IMPACT 3.8SLEEPING BAG LINERHEADLAMPFIRST AID KITMSR DRAGONFLY STOVESTOVE REPAIR KITLIGHTERPRIMUS LITECH POTS & PANSCUTLERY WASH SETSTERIPEN ULTRAGERBER FOLDING KNIFE4. CLOTHING & PERSONAL ITEMSICEBREAKER MERINO WOOL T-SHIRTSOMBRIO WINDY PASS II SHORTSGIRO CYCLING GLOVESARC’TERYX COVERT HOODYARC’TERYX BETA SL RAIN JACKETPATAGONIA RAIN PANTSMERRELL SIREN EDGE SHOESOTHER CLOTHES & PERSONAL ITEMS5. ELECTRONICSMACBOOK AIR 13″LAPTOP CASESONY A6000 MIRRORLESS CAMERA Are you planning your very first bicycle trip and worried about leaving something behind? With an endless list of “what ifs” running through your head, it’s impossible to feel prepared. I’ve been there and know this feeling can delay a trip for months or even years. That’s why I’ve put together this bike touring packing list to help you out. Here you’ll find a list of all the gear Antonio and I bring along on bike trips. I’ve included a few details about certain products and a link to make it super easy for you to tick off your bicycle touring checklist and hit the road. Of course, what you end up bringing comes down to a few key factors like: where in the world you plan to cycle, the weather conditions you expect to face, and your gear budget. You might want to go ultra light or the complete opposite and try to squeeze your whole house into panniers. Whatever route you take, it’s your trip so don’t just buy what others use. Packing for bicycle touring is a learning process so use this list as a guide to get you on your way. cloud-downloadCLICK HERE to Download our FREE Quick Starter Guide to Bicycle Touring DOWNLOAD THIS CHECKLIST ON PDF 1. BIKE AND ACCESSORIES KOGA WORLD TRAVELER Our bicycle of choice for touring is the Koga Miyata World Traveler. It’s robust, reliable and the frame is guaranteed for life. Koga’s aren’t cheap but if you invest in one of these beauties you won’t be disappointed. The signature series is fully customizable, so you dream it and Koga builds it. CHECK IT OUT TUBUS REAR & FRONT RACK Tubus touring racks are made of high quality metals which means they’re built to carry heavy loads. The last thing you want while on tour is a broken rack! We’ve really put these through the test, carrying heavy gear on unpaved roads and have never had a problem with them. An added bonus is they fit most bikes without needing modification. CHECK IT OUT BROOKS SADDLE At first sight you might think this saddle is way too hard but leather provides a natural give by stretching and flexing so it will break in over time. One of those cushy saddles might seem like a good idea at first but once they wear down, you’ll be riding on hard plastic. Ouch! CHECK IT OUT BOTTLE CAGES (X3) Being able to carry a lot of water is a must for tourers, especially if you’re planning a trip to a remote area. While carrying a Camelbak might be a good idea for short rides, having a sweaty back is super uncomfortable for long days on the bike. We use these simple metal bottle cages to carry at least 3 bottles to make sure we don’t run out of water. CHECK IT OUT WATER BOTTLES You don’t need fancy high tech water bottles for touring. I use one of these bottles that has an auto seal system which is great getting a sip in while riding. You don’t have to suck or squeeze the bottle, just push the button and tilt it up. CHECK IT OUT HANDLE BAR MIRROR One of the best safety tools you can have is a mirror. It allows to see how close cars are coming up behind you and decide if you should move off the road. We’ve used bigger mirrors with an adjustable arm before but shake from riding made them completely useless. This small mirror is adjustable and fits on most handle bars. CHECK IT OUT CATEYE VELO 7 BIKE COMPUTER You can spend a lot of money on a bike computer but I prefer this simple model. It has a large screen and it’s one button design makes it easy to use and flip through screens. This computer gives you your current, max and average speed along with total distance. CHECK IT OUT ORTLIEB BACK-ROLLER CLASSIC PANNIERS These durable, waterproof panniers sit on the rear rack of our bikes. Ortlieb is the go to brand for bicycle tourers because their panniers are excellent quality and easy to repair. CHECK IT OUT ORTLIEB FRONT-ROLLER CLASSIC For short tours, you can probably get away with only two rear panniers but for longer ones add two small panniers to the front. We use these bags to store food, tools and cooking gear. CHECK IT OUT ORTLIEB ULTIMATE 6 HANDLEBAR BAG This bag stores my camera, sunglasses, wallet, sunscreen and anything else I want to get to quickly. It clips on and off easily, which is great for when you want to run into the store. CHECK IT OUT KRYPTONITE BIKE LOCK We use this simple chain lock for added security at night or when running into the super market. The key design is quicker than a combo lock, just make sure you don’t lose the keys! CHECK IT OUT TOPEAK MORPH BIKE PUMP The Road Morph bike pump by Topeak is powerful and well built yet lightweight. One of the best features is the foldout footpad which stabilizes the pump against the ground, making it easier to pump. CHECK IT OUT SPARE TUBES (X2) We carry at least two spare tubes for longer tours and one for shorter ones. We’ve had bad luck with Presta valves so now we stick to Schrader ones. They’re more durable and you can pump your tires at the gas station. CHECK IT OUT PATCH KIT & TIRE LEVERS Being able to change and repair flat tires on the road is a must for bicycle tourists. We carry a few tire levers and a small patch kit. Make sure to check that your kit is well stocked before heading out. CHECK IT OUT 2. TOOLS TOPEAK HEXUS II BIKE MULTI TOOL A multi-tool is one of those must bring items that can save you from being stranded on the side of the road. This Hexus II multi-tool by Topeak has everything you need for on the go repairs. It has 16 tools and is the perfect balance of selection, low weight and compact size. CHECK IT OUT PEDAL WRENCH If you plan to take your bike on a plane or bus to get to your cycling destination, you’ll need to put it in a box. To do this, make sure to pack a pedal wrench to take off and put on the pedals. CHECK IT OUT LUBRICANT To prevent rust and make sure your bike runs smoothly, clean and lube the chain. This is most important after riding in the rain or through mud. CHECK IT OUT SHIMANO SPARE BRAKE PADS If you’re planning a long bike tour be sure to bring some spare brake pads. While you might find them in local bike shops, they might not carry good quality ones and you’ll end up wearing them down fast. CHECK IT OUT OTHER TOOLS & SPARES Spare Nuts & Bolts Adjustable Wrench Spoke Wrench Spare Spokes Zipties Duct Tape Rag Bungy Cords 3. CAMPING GEAR MSR MUTHA HUBBA Our tent of choice for bicycle touring is the MSR Mutha Hubba. It’s light, airy and freestanding (great for those improvised camping spots). We carry the 3-person version because it has plenty of room to store gear inside if the weather turns bad. Want some tips for buying the right tent for you? Check out our post about how to choose a tent for your next adventure. CHECK IT OUT ROBENS CAUCASUS 900 For cold weather camping we use a Robens Caucasus 900 sleeping bag. It’s very warm and comfortable. I’m a cold sleeper so I always bring this bag unless we plan a tour in the tropics. Check out our post about how to choose a sleeping bag for what to consider before buying yours. CHECK IT OUT ROBENS AIR IMPACT 3.8 When we first started touring, we roughed it with a foam mat. As headed into colder weather we decided to give this Robens air mat a try. It’s not the lightest option out there but I haven’t slept better while camping in my life. Want some tips for buying the right pad for you? Check out our post about how to choose a sleeping mat. CHECK IT OUT SLEEPING BAG LINER A sleeping bag liner keeps your bag from getting dirty and adds a bit of warmth. It’s also handy for warm weather when it’s too hot for a sleeping bag. CHECK IT OUT HEADLAMP We use a head torch to get around camp and read in the tent at night. This Black Diamond ReVolt is USB rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries. If you want a powerful model, check out these 12 brightest headlamps for camping trips. CHECK IT OUT FIRST AID KIT We always carry a few first aid items like bandages, gauze and ointment. For remote tours we carry a more extensive kit and some medicines for headaches, stomach problems and muscle cramps. CHECK IT OUT MSR DRAGONFLY STOVE We carry a MSR Dragonfly Stove. It has the most adjustable flame of any liquid fuel burning stove which allows for cooking more gourmet meals. It burns just about any kind of fuel, which is handy if you’re planning a remote tour. CHECK IT OUT STOVE REPAIR KIT If you’re planning a remote tour, don’t leave without home without a stove repair kit. We’ve had the stove break on us in the middle of nowhere and without the spare tools it would have been impossible to fix. CHECK IT OUT LIGHTER Don’t forget to bring a way to light your stove. We usually carry a few of these mini BIC lighters. CHECK IT OUT PRIMUS LITECH POTS & PANS These are our second set of pots & pans we’ve had for touring. The Primus LiTech cookware set has a non stick coating which is great for stir-frys. It’s also much lighter than our previous stainless steel set. CHECK IT OUT CUTLERY After breaking all of our high tech cutlery we don’t mind carrying a bit of extra weight to have “normal” utensils. This set is made of lightweight stainless steel making it great for traveling. CHECK IT OUT WASH SET We bring an ordinary sponge and dish soap to wash up after meals. One of the most useful pieces of kit we have is this Gotoob squeeze bottle which has yet to leak after years of use. They’re also handy to store cooking oil. CHECK IT OUT STERIPEN ULTRA If you plan on touring in a country that you can’t drink the tap water, bring along one of these UV light water purifiers. We’ve been using the SteriPEN Ultra for over a year now and find it much more eco and budget friendly than buying bottled water. You can read our review here. This water purifier is an excellent addition to your bicycle touring packing list. CHECK IT OUT GERBER FOLDING KNIFE This simple blade is great for chopping veggies and everyday use. I prefer it over a multi tool because it’s much lighter and I never use all those little features anyway. CHECK IT OUT 4. CLOTHING & PERSONAL ITEMS ICEBREAKER MERINO WOOL T-SHIRT Rather than a cycling jersy, I prefer to wear a normal t-shirt. For cooler temperatures I pack this Icebreaker merino wool shirt. Merino is light and dries quick. CHECK IT OUT SOMBRIO WINDY PASS II SHORTS For warm weather cycling I use these Sombrio shorts. They’re comfortable and aren’t baggy like other mountain bike style shorts. They come with a detachable mesh liner which makes it easy to wash and it dries quick. CHECK IT OUT GIRO CYCLING GLOVES Cycling gloves add some padding, help keep your hands clean and also protect you from the sun. CHECK IT OUT ARC’TERYX COVERT HOODY This fleece hoody from Arc’teryx keeps me warm while walking around town. It’s the perfect weight for chilly days and breathable enough to wear while on a hiking side trip. If you’re planning a tour in a very cold part of the world, think about buying your fleece up a size to have room for extra layers. CHECK IT OUT ARC’TERYX BETA SL RAIN JACKET A good rain jacket is one of the most important pieces of gear for any outdoor trip. It keeps you dry when it’s raining and is also great to protect you from the wind during a long decent. I use this Arc’teryx SL jacket, it was more than I was planning to spend but it has proved to be worth the investment. It’s very breathable so it rarely feels to hot when I wear it cycling. Find out how to go about picking the right one for you by reading our post about how to choose the best rain jacket. CHECK IT OUT PATAGONIA RAIN PANTS If you’re going on a short tour, you might not need rain pants. However, I’ve found them a must for rainy & cold destinations so they’re worth packing if you plan to cycle in the winter. I use these Patagonia rain pants which pack small and are comfortable enough to cycle in. CHECK IT OUT MERRELL SIREN EDGE SHOES Rather than using clips and wearing cycling shoes, I prefer to wear normal shoes. These Merrell hiking shoes are very light and comfortable. They also have a grippy Vibram sole which is great for short day hike side trips. CHECK IT OUT OTHER CLOTHES & PERSONAL ITEMS Socks Leggings Casual Clothes Swim Suit Hat Buff Underwear Sunglasses & Case Watch Spare batteries Sunblock Toiletry bag Moisturizor / body lotion Wet Wipes Tweezers Lip Balm Insect Repellent Tissues and/ or toilet paper Nail Clippers Zip Lock Plastic Bags Shampoo Toothbrush and Toothpaste Travel Towel Earplugs Passport or ID Passport Wallet Small Combo Lock Cash Journal & Pens 5. ELECTRONICS MACBOOK AIR 13″ The decision to bring a laptop on tour or not is up to you. I work online so it’s a must. It’s also nice to watch movies on a rainy day and check in with family and friends while on a longer tour. CHECK IT OUT LAPTOP CASE I use a simple padded laptop case from Case Logic to protect my computer while on the road. CHECK IT OUT SONY A6000 MIRRORLESS CAMERA The Sony a6000 is my camera of choice for traveling. It’s small and compact but takes high quality pictures. If it were to break tomorrow, I would buy it again. Check out our post about how to choose the best camera for travel. CHECK IT OUT DOWNLOAD THIS CHECKLIST ON PDF BICYCLE TOURING RESOURCESTABLE OF CONTENTSBICYCLE TOURINGTABLE OF CONTENTS 1. BASICS 2. TOURING GEAR 3. TOURING COSTS 4. DESTINATIONS 1. BASICS 2. TOURING GEAR 3. TOURING COSTS 4. DESTINATIONS Disclosure: The Adventure Junkies is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost for you. We also use other affiliate programs like REI, LeisurePro, Diviac and Liveaboard.com.