Alongside your sleeping bag, tent, stove and clothes, there are other cycle trip essentials you need to make room for. Whether you’re cycling for a long weekend or having the adventure of a transcontinental route, you absolutely need the right gear. These are the cycle trip essentials you shouldn’t forget.
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We all know that whenever we forget the umbrella at home, it rains. Cyclists have the same dilemma. Having a good quality rainwear that not only keeps you dry but also helps avoid sweating is one of the cycle trip essentials to put at the top of your list.
Puncture Repair Kit
Even the best maintained bike tires might let you down, hit a bump in the road or be punctured by a sharp object. A puncture repair kit is definitely something you shouldn’t leave behind.
A cotton scarf may sound odd as one of the things to pack for a cycle trip. A cotton scarf will come in handy on a number of occasions. If it’s cold, you can use it to cover your head. If it's dusty, you can cover your mouth and nose with it. Even when you are packing your camp after a rainy night, you can wipe your camp and bike with it and get on with your journey!
A saddle bag is more than practical. Most cyclists will prefer to keep a tool-kit there for emergency use, but you can easily keep some snacks, lip-balm or sunscreen and other similar stuff in the bag.
Bag Balm is a gel created to soften cow udders. It comes in handy for cyclists to avoid and provide relief from the discomforts associated with the sport. The gel is loaded with lanolin and is normally applied in small amounts on tender areas. It helps reduce friction and soothe saddle sores. Seasoned cyclists know the worth of soothing ointment after a long day in the saddle and will always count Bag Balm in their cycle trip essentials.
Those who love to bike long distances will know that spending nights under the stars isn’t as easy as some might think. However, if you can carry some home comforts with you, your nights will be easier. Some prefer a thermos of their favorite herbal tea, while others swear by an inflatable pillow.
Cyclists don’t necessarily have a lot of time to kill as too much time is spent on the joys of the cycling and the stunning surroundings, but entertainment forms an important part of the experience. You might want to carry a fishing rod but, more practically, pack an e-reader, a tablet, an iPod and a pack of cards.
Counting on drivers of vehicles to look out for you is foolish. There may be laws giving you protection but at the end of the day, you are the one who has to take care of your own safety when on the road. Of course you should wear bright clothing (and reflectors for when the sun goes down), but you should also dress your bike. You can add some bright stickers, and a small flag at the back of your bike isn’t a bad idea either.
There may be times you want to leave your bike for an expedition into the countryside you’re cycling through, or to visit an attraction. You might feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere when you pitch your tent for the night. Whatever – do not forget to secure your bike whenever you’re away from it. Pack a strong, secure lock.
So that’s it – the essential cycle touring packing list. Now you’re ready to enjoy the freedom a cycle trip brings. What would you never leave behind?
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