Bicycle Day Touring Checklist

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Ready for a day of cycling? Use our comprehensive gear list so you don't forget anything important. Note: Not every rider will carry every item on this list.

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The Two Essentials

Cycling Accessories

  • Hydration pack
  • Water bottle with cages
  • Saddle (underseat) bag
  • Cycling computer, GPS or smartphone with app
  • Mirror (for handlebar or helmet)
  • Headlight
  • Taillight (with blinking option)
  • Sidelights (attached to spokes)
  • Lock
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Core Repair Items

  • Spare tube or tubes (or patch kit)
  • Tire pump
  • Tire levers
  • Cyclist's multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)


  • Wicking jersey or top
  • Padded shorts or tights
  • Cycling shorts (padded)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rainwear
  • Stowaway wind jacket
  • Insulation layer(s)
  • Footwear suited to bike's pedals
  • Cycling socks
  • Buff/bandana/skullcap
  • 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 or tissue
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Performance food/gels/drinks
  • Snacks for kids
  • Chamois cream
  • Small, quick-dry towel (for cleanups)
  • Baby wipes (popular for cleanups)

Other Options

  • Map (if in unfamiliar area)
  • Guidebook or route description
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Lunch
  • Patch kit (and/or spare tube or tubes)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • CO2 inflator (with cartridge)
  • Valve adaptor (Presta to Schrader)
  • Cash/credit card/photo ID