Packing lists for Credit Card Bike Touring

Remove what doesn’t apply to your trip, since these lists are made for long trips in potentially cold weather.

Some items are skewed towards men, but you’ll figure it out!

Here is a plain checkbox-style version of the same list below.

Things to do before you go

Many things on this particular list are explained here. Please read it!

  • Buy flight/train tickets, and make sure you can bring along your bike
  • Check that the passport doesn’t expire within 6 months of the end of your trip
  • Take photocopies of passport and give to a relative or friend
  • Visas?
  • Vaccines?
  • Pay the rent and other bills
  • Get one-time backup codes for your smartphone account
  • Get a spare SIM-card, in case your phone gets stolen
  • Service of your bike (chain, gears, brakes, wires)
  • Get a box/bag for shipping your bike
  • Test all equipment and clothes, make sure it works and fits
  • Do a test ride with all bags packed to see that all works
  • Make sure your insurance covers the bike trip
  • Inform you bank and credit card company to expect charges from abroad
  • Empty your smartphone of all pictures and downloads
  • Change money
  • Empty your wallet of receipts and stuff you won’t need
  • Cut your hair and nails short just before you go
  • Shave
  • Cache maps in Google Maps
  • Dismantle your bike and pack it in a box/bag

In the big rear bag

  • Watertight bags for clothes (even great bike bags often leak in intense rain)
  • Underwear (socks, underpants, long sleeve base layer upper body underwear)
  • Shirts for evenings
  • One pair of shorts or trousers for evenings
  • Thin fleece sweater for evenings and cold weather
  • Wind tight gloves
  • Buff to cover head under helmet when it is cold
  • Water tight bike jacket (at the top of the bag if there’s a surprise shower)
  • Rubber bands to wrap all clothes to tight small bundles
  • Long johns for biking in cold or rain

In the front bag (documents in water tight plastic bag)

  • Heavy duty bike lock
  • Extra battery to charge phone, plus cable
  • Passport
  • Yellow vaccination document
  • Wall socket adapter
  • Charger to smartphone (pick one with high A output)
  • Headphones
  • Chocolate bar or similar, in case you’re pushing your limits in the evening or uphill

Toiletries (everything must be teeny weeny)

  • Pain killers
  • Qtips
  • First aid kit
  • Razor and shaving gel (or go for the caveman style)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Sunblock lotion/stick
  • Extra contact lenses, container, lens cleaning liquid

Bike repair (in the front bag, or split between bags)

  • Pump
  • Bike lights (at least the red tail light)
  • 1 extra tire
  • 2 extra tubes
  • Tube repair kit (packs very small, in case you run out of spare tubes)
  • Bike multitool
  • Three tire levers (tools for bending off tire from wheel)
  • Wrench/spanner (to wrest pedals off bike)
  • Extra link for chain repair
  • Extra brake pads

On you (or bike) while biking

  • Bike gloves
  • Bike shorts
  • Bike jersey
  • Helmet
  • Sun glasses
  • Cycling shoes
  • Water bottle

In the back pockets of your jersey

  • Tiny bike lock
  • Smartphone
  • Small camera
  • Wallet (cash, credit card, insurance card)
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