T's Packing List

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While many would no doubt make changes, this list suits me well for 3 or 4 weeks of cycling. When I've finished packing the items below I find I have about 18 LBS of luggage in two rear panniers. I also use a handlebar bag for day stuff and a tool kit attached to the under side of my seat.


  • * Peaked Hat
  • Windbreaker
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 pair Long Pants
  • 1 Belt
  • 1 Shirt
  • 2 pair shorts
  • 3 tee shirts
  • 3 underwear
  • Shoes in shoe bag.
  • 3 pair Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Bandana
  • Scarf
  • Fleece vest
  • Shaving kit - soap, shampoo, toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, nail clipper, hairbrush, scissors, sewing kit, Electric Razor - with 2 prong plug adapter
  • Passport
  • Credit card, travellers cheques
  • Extra glasses and/or contact lenses, Solution, lens case
  • Vitamins, advil, tums
  • Cork Screw
  • Little Poire glass - for drinking the eau de vie we love so much
  • Thongs (flipflops)
* My helmet doesn't have a visor so I occasionally wear this under my helmet to keep the sun out of my eyes. On rainy days it keeps the rain off my face.

A word about Laundry

Since we stay in * and ** hotels, it's easy to do at least a few items of laundry in the bathroom sink every evening. Most hotels provide little packets of shampoo that make a great detergent. Then we string up a clothesline in a corner of the room, and hang the clothes to dry overnight.


  • * Binoculars and Camera.
  • Extra bike lock key.
  • Rain cape & small umbrella
  • Ear Plugs
  • Eye Patch
  • 1 velcro Strap
  • Sunglasses & clips
  • Sunscreen
  • Eating Utensils
  • Automobile Association Membership Card
  • Phrase book
  • bathing suit
  • plastic drinking cup
  • Guide book
  • Book for general reading
  • Maps
  • Clothes line
  • Pen and notebook
  • knife
  • Drivers Licence
  • ** Plastic bags
* Binoculars are great for looking at details of stained glass in church windows.

** Bicycle panniers are rarely water proof, we pack everything that matters in zip lock plastic bags. This keeps our belongings well organized as well as dry.


  • * Bicycle Helmet
  • Spare Inner tube
  • Patches
  • Tire Irons
  • bicycle pump
  • Chain tool
  • Spare Cables
  • Spare brake pads
  • Handy wipes
  • Bungee Cords
  • Extra Wheel Spokes taped to bicycle frame
  • Adjustable Wrench big enough to remove pedals
  • Bike tool that includes allen keys, screwdriver, spoke wrench etc.
  • Water Bottle
  • Duct tape
* Unless they're racing, many Europeans don't wear helmets. On my first cycle tour to Italy, I carried one with me but thought I wouldn't wear it very often. One day as my father and I were cycling in a small town just south of Milan, a fellow accidently opened his car door in front of my father. I didn't actually see what happened but I heard the collision behind me and turned around to see my father painfully picking himself up off the pavement. Other than a few bits of road rash he seemed okay. Of course, the car owner was horrified and very apologetic. We were just about to continue on our way when my father noticed a new dent on the temple of his helmet, which he'd been wearing. He'd hit a sharp edge of the fellow's car as he went down. The dent in the helmet was very deep, very sharp and about the circumference of your small fingernail.

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