Sometimes the most daunting task for an international bike adventure is packing. The essential thing to remember is to travel light!
Dressing for your cycling trip
During the day, you won’t need anything more than your cycling clothes until we change for dinner. Most of us arrive for breakfast dressed in our bike clothes ‘ready to ride’ (with the exception of our bike shoes). Dinners are casual. Most people wear light weight casual long pants or capris (women) and a short sleeve shirt and a fleece or sweater for warmth in the mountains.
Even when warm sunny weather is anticipated, a cycling jacket is essential because it’s highly possible to chill down on the top of mountain passes and descents.
- Cycling shorts (2 pairs)
- Short sleeved jerseys (2)
- Long sleeved light capeline base layer
- Leg and arm warmers (1)
- Rain or cycling jacket (1)
- Bike gloves/helmet/bike shoes
- Water bottles or camelback
- Cycling socks
- Casual walking shorts (1 pair)
- Long pants/capris (khakis or jeans are fine)(2 pair)
- Shirts (men)/ tops (women)
- Sweater/ fleece jacket for night
- Undergarments and sleepwear
- Sandals or comfortable walking shoes
- Toiletries including shampoo + insect repellent
- Required medications
- Sunscreen & lip balm
- Chamois cream
- Camera, film or memory card
- Phone and battery rechargers and adapter
- Valid passport
- ATM card or credit card for personal expenses
- Travel blow dryer (optional)
Luggage for your trip
We recommend packing in one backpack style soft-sided bag or medium sized roller bag and, if necessary, a smaller backpack for the van during the day. Please be mindful of the limited van space.
Please do not pack anything extra in your bike case that you can’t fit into your luggage. On most trips the bike cases do not travel with us.
Packing your bike
Traveling with a bike is much easier than you might think. For air travel from North America, all bikes must be packed in a cardboard carton, soft case or hard bike box. What type of case you decide to pack in is a personal preference. We have many clients who rave about the soft cases on wheels for easier transport in airports, taxis and trains.
If you don’t own a bike case or bag, you can get a free cardboard box from your local bike shop or you can usually borrow a case from a friend or local triathlon club. Please let us know the type of bike case you will be using so we can make proper arrangements for transport . Our Trip Planner will give you all the information you will need for packing and traveling with your bike.