Thinking of going cycling for your next short break in Europe but worried that you won’t have the luggage space to bring everything you need? Panic not. Most of our cycling packages include bike and helmet hire, so you don’t have to worry about paying extra to bring your bike. To make sure you’re well prepared, we’ve compiled a short-list of things to bring with you on your next cycling adventure…
1. Rain coat
A simple, light-weight rain coat will protect you from the elements and won’t take up lots of room in your case. Even if you’re heading away to a hot country in summer, there’s always a chance of rain, and getting wet can really put a dampener on a trip.
2. Solid base layer
If you’re heading out on a day-long trip, then it’s important to make sure you’re wearing the right gear. If you’re heading somewhere cold make sure you wear appropriate clothing and vice versa for a hot climate. Padded shorts are always a good-idea to stop the inevitable sore bum!
3. Back pack
When you are out on your trip, you will want to have certain things with you. A backpack is a must to ensure you are completely prepared, especially if you are going off the beaten track and won’t have any local amenities nearby. Keep it small and light-weight to ensure you don’t bring too much with you.
4. Repair kit
If you’re planning on going off-road then this is a definite must. Punctures can happen anywhere and it’s always good to be prepared. Make sure you have a small repair kit that has sealable glue and patched in it.
5. First-aid kit
Again, accidents happen everywhere. Even the most seasoned cyclists are going to have bumps and scrapes. Having a first-aid kit is always handy, especially if you’re planning a long trip where blisters are possible.
6. Portable phone charger
This one is handy if you’re planning on going cycling alone or diverting off the trail route. It gives the reassurance of being able to call of help if you get lost without the fear of your phone battery dying.
7. Sun-cream and snacks
Again, this one depends on your destination and the time of year you’re travelling, but if you’re going to be in the sun for long periods of time, make sure you have applied a good sun-cream. Similarly, make sure you bring a water bottle with you that you can fill up and keep in your back-pack, that way you’ll avoid dehydration. Packing some high-protein snacks might also be a good idea.
So there you have it, a basic starter packing list for your next cycling break in Europe. If you’re keen for a short cycling holiday, but are lacking inspiration, then check out our cycling breaks here.