Checklist for Overnight or Longer Bike Trip

Middle Aged Woman on a Bicycle

Checklist for Overnight or Longer Bike Trip

July 14, 2015 Bicycle Tips 0

Planning an overnight or longer bike trip? This checklist includes gear and storage options, accessories, repair items, clothing and more.

The Two Essentials



Gear Storage

▪Hydration pack

▪Saddle (underseat) bag

▪Handlebar bag

▪Cargo rack plus trunk bag



Bike Accessories


▪Taillight (with blinking option)


▪Cycling computer/GPS/cellphone with bike app

▪Mirror (for handlebar or helmet)


▪Water bottles with cages

▪Straps/bungee cords

Core Repair Items

▪Spare tube or tubes (and/or patch kit)


▪Tire levers

▪Cycling multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)

Additional Repair Items

▪Pressure gauge

▪CO2 inflator (with cartridges)

▪Spare spokes (minimum of 6)

▪Spoke wrench

▪6″ adjustable wrench

▪General-purpose multi-tool

▪Assorted nuts and bolts

▪Spare tire

▪Chain tool

▪Replacement chain links


▪Brake and derailleur cables

▪Spare components

▪Spare cleats

▪Repair/duct tape

Camping Basics

▪Sleeping bag

▪Sleeping pad

▪Tent or tarp

Basic Clothing

▪Wicking jersey or top

▪Padded shorts or tights


▪Shoes suited to bike’s pedals

▪Cycling socks


Weather Protection


▪Stowaway windbreaker

▪Insulation layer(s) for cool air

▪Weatherproof, full-fingered gloves

▪Arm/leg warmers

▪Visibility vest

Personal Items

▪Eye protection (sunglasses or clear lenses)

▪First-aid items (see our First-Aid Checklist)

▪Medical info/emergency contact card

▪Toilet paper/tissue


▪Lip balm

▪Insect repellent

▪Chamois cream

▪Small, quick-dry towel for cleanups


▪Performance food/gels/drinks

▪Guidebook or route description



▪Off-day clothing


▪Cell phone

▪Cash/credit card/ID