Cycle trip: what to take

Posted: May 22, 2012 in Cycling

I went on a 4 day cycle trip through the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England over the ascension day long weekend. One of the goals of the trip was to test out all the equipment and clothing I plan to take for my cycle trip to the North Cape in Norway. I took some notes of equipment that needed to be repaired, and things I need to buy for my trip. Better find out now before I leave for Norway.

Here is a list of what I intend to take to Norway

  • Bike panniers (2 front and 2 back)
  • Plastic waterproof iPhone holder for handlebars
  • iPhone
  • iPhone charger
  • Earphones for iPhone
  • 2 portable batteries (2 x 5000mAh Lenmar PowerPort Wave) for charging the iPhone.
  • Poncho
  • Trekking pants (light, fast dry, zipper to turn them into shorts if the weather is right)
  • Fleece
  • Wind jacket
  • Down jacket
  • 2 Cycling shorts
  • Lycra long running pants (wear over the cycling shorts in cold weather)
  • Cycling gloves (for stopping blisters on the hands)
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • Buff
  • Cycling tricot (1x short sleeve, 1x long sleeve)
  • Helmet
  • 2 water bottles
  • 4 underpants
  • 3 t-shirts
  • singlet
  • Benie
  • Teva sandals
  • Warm, waterproof, hard soled, light weight hiking shoes (can cycle in them, can be evening shoes, and can do short several hour hikes with them on the cycle trip)
  • Waterproof shoe covers
  • Socks (2x warm wool, 1x cooler)
  • Towel
  • 1 cap
  • 1 mosquito head net
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • Small, compactable pack to be used as rucksack for short hikes are errands to the shop etc.
  • Long sleeve inner layer for upper body
  • 1 heavy duty bike lock
  • Bike repair kit (for punctures, replace inner tube, repair broken spoke, oil)
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 plastic cutlery set
  • 1 swiss army knife
  • Tissues
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper + alcohol hand wash
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Pen
  • Torch
  • Tent + plastic sheet for under the tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest
  • Thermarest repair kit
  • SLR camera (+ extra batteries and charger)
  • Medical kit
  • Needle and thread
  • DEET insect repellant
  • Lighter
  • Maps
  • Food

I haven’t done a long trip like this in many years, and not one in the far north since 1997. Please, give comments and advice on extra things to take!

  1. I whould add:
    – small medical kit
    – packed food
    – head tourch
    – extra backup phone / gps
    – helmet
    – fishing tools
    – inflatable mattress
    – lighter

    • Hey Marius,
      THanks for the tips. Indeed, I had forgotten some of those things on the list! A medical kit is very important and I hadn’t thought of that.. 🙂

  2. Hi great to hear from you and feedback on blog hope your trip is going well , one piece of kit we would suggest is a mini kite we have two , one with a picture of a shark and a normal bigger one great for long hills with tailwind and when you get fed up with a headwind you can enjoy it in a different way . All our best Tim and Shaz

    • Hi Tim and Shaz. I must admit that I had never thought of bringing a kite. How do you set it up to blow you uphill? How big is it? Do you somehow attach it closely to the handlebars? I find it hard to imagine..

      All the best!!

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