What I'm Packing for My Next Multi-Day Bike Trip

What I’m Packing for My Next Multi-Day Bicycle Trip

This week I head off to Michigan to ride DALMAC, a five day ride from East Lansing to the Upper Peninsula. This is my second multi-day bike trip that I’ve done in the last year or so, and I can only hope that everything I forgot to pack last time I’ve remembered to bring this time.

Last year was RAGBRAI, a seven day bike ride across Iowa. One of the only packing mistakes that drove me crazy on that trip was that I did not pack anything to sit on. So many times I just wanted to sit around and read once I had arrived at camp for the day. This time, I have solved that issue!

Here is my full list of items I have packed for DALMAC 2013… everything is of course packed and sealed in zip lock storage bags:


  • 5 days of cycling clothes for each day of the bicycle tour… a bag for each day that includes: padded cycling shorts (actually, only 3 pairs of these), moisture wicking shirt, socks, moisture wicking underwear.
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Shorts (1)
  • Jeans (1)
  • Sweatshirt (1)
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear (5)
  • Socks (5)
  • Flip flops
  • Sneakers
  • Baseball cap

Toiletries & Other Bathroom/Shower Supplies

  • Towel
  • Washcloth
  • Clean wipes (morning “shower” wipes)
  • Small flip mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Contact solution
  • Deodorant
  • Facewash
  • Lotion
  • Toilet paper

Cycling Gear

  • Bike
  • Lock
  • Bike tools
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Replacement tube (2)
  • Hand pump
  • Helmet
  • Cycling shoes
  • Gloves
  • Cycling sunglasses
  • Topeak cycling bag
  • Bike lights
  • Rain seat cover


  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable sleeping mat
  • Pillow
  • Sheet
  • Head lamp
  • Small folding chair
  • Small camping clothes line


  • Large 30 SPF sunscreen
  • Small travel 30 SPF sunscreen
  • Baby powder
  • Anti-chafing stick
  • Bug spray
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Aloe gel
  • Snacks
  • Phone charger
  • GoPro camera
  • Camera
  • Kindle & charger
  • Notebook & pen
  • Sharpie marker & labels
  • Heart rate watch
  • Small travel alarm clock
  • Extra trash bags
  • Extra zip lock bags
  • Pain medication (Aleve, Advil, Tylenol)

Think I forgot something? Or do you have any questions about why I’m bringing any of these things? Let me know in the comments!


Here are some things I forgot to bring and had to stop and pick up:

  • Tissues
  • Extra batteries for travel alarm clock

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