Packing List For Cycling The Danube

By | August 12, 2008

This is my proposed packing list for cycling the Danube:

Medical
Tweezers
Scissors
Plasters
Vitamins
Medications
Antiseptic wipes
Bite cream
Voltarol
Painkillers

Insect repellant

Personal
Contact lenses
Sun screen factor 40 or 50
Toothpaste/brush
Shampoo – for hair, body and clothes
Moisturiser
Towel
Razor/blades
Tissues – for use as emergency loo roll
Deodorant – futile, but makes me feel better
Lipgloss – futile, but makes me feel better

Bike
Water bottles
Tools
Insulating tape
Cable ties
Inner tubes and pump
Lights – small and light doubling as torch
Lock – this will likely be your heaviest piece of kit, choose wisely
Helmet

You’ll notice there’s no puncture repair kit.  It’s wasteful and environmentally irresponsible of me, but on tours I just replace the tube and get back on the road.  It saves a lot of time and frustration at the roadside.  I have tried using Slime in regular tubes and that’s OK, adding a bit of weight.  I’ve since discovered Slime tubes and would fit those before travelling, but take regular spare tubes for the best combination of puncture protection and weight reduction.  Do remember to spin your wheels when parking overnight so the valve is at the top, that way the slime fals to the bottom and you can easily pump them up a bit if needed without the slime being in the way.

Clothes
Waterproof jacket
Sunglasses
PJ’s – big t-shirt and big knickers for dormitories
Knickers – cheap thongs, comfy, light, and cheap enough to be disposable
Socks – again, disposable, worth a little extra weight for feeling clean
Cycling shorts – 2 pairs
Bikini top – 2 – underwired to double as bras

Bikini bottom – 1
Cycling tops – 2
T-shirt – need something with sleeves to stop burn, for evenings and for churches
Sarong – for churches, doubles as all purpose large piece of light fabric
Cargo shorts – lots of pockets for off bike time
Cycling shoes
Crocs (or flip flops) – can be worn in shower in dodgy accommodation and a nice break for my feet in the evenings
Fleece – for cold evenings
Arm warmers – for cold days (I probably wouldn’t bother with these again)

*Some people opt for one cycling shirt and one set of shorts, but you need to be confident they’ll dry overnight.  We had a couple of nights where they didn’t which would have meant putting on damp shorts, a sure fire route to boils, sores and fungal infections in places where you really don’t want them.

Valuables
Credit/cash card
Cash
Passport
Insurance/E111
Flight details
Camera/memory card/charger/adaptor – cheaper and lighter than disposables I took to Spain (now I’d just use my phone)
Phone/charger
Maps
Compass
Guidebook
Phrasebooks – German & Hungarian
Journal
Pencil

Start the journey

2 thoughts on “Packing List For Cycling The Danube

  1. Peter

    Hi,
    I just wonder if you have any tips on biking in Italy? I saw that you had been there, did you go by yourself and did you have a lot of packing or did you travel "light" so to speak 🙂

    Nice blog…

    / Peter

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