Guided Bike Tour Packing Guide

Bike Tour Packing List (Guided / Supported)

This is a hopefully exhaustive list that BTB has compiled.  It's been updated a bit to reflect the modern biker, but we welcome any feedback and additions.  We'll leave it to you to gear for number of days, preferred types of accommodations, level of addiction to technology, and how often you want to do laundry.

For the Ride

  • Bike gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Chamois butter 
  • Bike computer / GPS (if you like getting your data)

Luggage and personal

  • Waterproof Bag
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Clothesline and clips
  • Waist pouch
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Sunscreen
  • Shaving gear (disposable razors or portable/battery-charged)
  • Shampoo
  • Earplugs
  • Eyeshade 
  • Hair management


  • Bike shoes
  • Cycling jerseys (long and short-sleeved)
  • Padded bicycle shorts
  • Unpadded long bicycle pants or legwarmers
  • Armwarmers (optional)
  • Water-repellent long-sleeved jersey or jacket
  • Light raincoat
  • Dressy outfits
  • T-shirts
  • Socks (short is better, but bring one warm pair)
  • Non-bicycle long and/or short cotton pants
  • Underwear
  • Fleece
  • Walking shoes
  • Shower sandals
  • Dressy outfits for dinner (collared shirt, khakis)
  • Bathing suit

Documents and Miscellaneous

  • Mobile phone (unlocked for foreign travel)
  • On-boarding packet for your tour company
  • Tablet computer (optional)
  • Energy bars, energy gels, etc.
  • Travel tickets
  • Cash
  • Credit card (MasterCard or Visa)
  • ATM card
  • Retractable ball-point pen
  • Passport if traveling out of the US.
  • Any required visas  
  • Traveler’s checks (optional, doesn’t hurt but becoming increasingly useless)

Let us know if you have any suggestions.