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A packing checklist for your cycling vacation.

Are you ready for your trip? We can’t wait for you to join us. We want you to be prepared and as comfortable as possible throughout each day of your vacation. To help you, we have put together a list of essentials for your trip, from what to wear on the bike to what to bring to explore your destination by foot. Let the journey begin, and let us know how else we can help.

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What to wear on a Trek Travel bike trip

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Choose the style of trip you will be traveling on to download your printable packing list.

Luxury Trip Packing List

Explorer Trip Packing List

Ride Camp Packing List

Race Trip Packing List

Avid Trip Packing List

Mountain Bike Trip Packing List

Cycling Clothing and Gear

Pack for the Weather

We recommend being prepared for all weather conditions to stay warm and keep cool. This includes bringing lots of layers! Start with a breathable synthetic shirt to layer under a vest, windbreaker, or jacket and avoid cotton fabrics while exercising – the absorbent qualities prevent wicking and insulate poorly when wet. To shop for these items, visit Trekbikes.com or visit your nearest Trek dealer.

Do I need gloves and special shoes?

Many people wonder if they should bring things like cycling gloves and cycling shoes. Gloves provide much-needed padding for your hands and will prevent them from getting sore and tired as the day goes on. Cycling shoes that come with cleats and special pedals can be great for comfort and performance. We encourage you to take the time to learn how to ride with them before using them on your bike vacation.

Off-the-Bike Clothing and Gear

  • Walking shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera and charger
  • Rain gear
  • Sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • Dinner Attire: Casual Elegance*
    (Luxury and Race Trips Only)

*What is Casual Elegance?

For women, this is anything you might wear to work or for a night out on the town. Skirts, dresses, dress pants and elegant or patterned tops are acceptable. For men, this is anything you might wear for an afternoon at the country club. Khaki pants, dress pants, collared shirts or polo shirts are acceptable. Jeans, sneakers, shorts, etc. are strongly discouraged as attire for evening meals on our Luxury trips.

For Explorer, Ride Camp, Mountain Bike and Avid (non-race) category trips, your dinner attire is casual. Please keep in mind that “casual” attire in Europe can be more formal than in the United States. Please dress accordingly to your destination, dining and activities.

Please check your trip itinerary to bring extra gear or clothing for any non-riding activities that are planned, such as hiking, sea kayaking, or surfing.

Travel Essentials

  • Luggage: 1 suitcase, 1 carry on
  • Airline tickets/e-tickets
  • Trek Travel meeting and departing details
  • Important contact information
  • Necessary medications
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Personal identification
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Cash for incidentals and guide gratuities
  • Travel insurance confirmation (if purchased)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Passport (international travel)
  • Photocopy of passport (international travel)
  • Power adapters (international travel)
  • Power converter (international travel)

Packing Tips

As a general guideline, we suggest packing your first day’s cycling clothes and riding gear in your carry on bag so your gear is easily accessible should there be any complications with your luggage. We recommend traveling light and limiting your luggage to one carry-on and one checked bag. You also may want to leave extra space in your luggage for any items you may have to bring home from your destination. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov is a great resource for a list of permitted and prohibited items, and tips for packing and travel. Let us help with your travel planning with our services and tips. Learn More»

Passport Requirements

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. This means that your passport’s expiration date should be at least six months after your final day of travel. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk with your Trip Consultant.

What We Provide

  • Your choice of Trek Bike
  • Helmet
  • Saddle
  • Water bottles
  • Small bike storage pack
  • Spare parts (flat kit)
  • Luggage tags
  • Garmin Touring Plus
  • Flat or caged pedals
  • Snacks/nutrition for each ride
  • Sunscreen
  • Bike Fit Parts

Preparing for Weather

Plan for the weather on your cycling vacation

Rain or Shine

Weather is extremely important to consider while packing for a vacation of a lifetime. We want you to have the right gear when you need it most. Whether you’re in the mountains of France or exploring the canyons of Utah, you never know what Mother Nature might bring.

Please check the weather of your destination before you leave and be sure to be prepared for all possible conditions with the right gear – this includes bringing removable layers, long-fingered gloves, tights/leg warmers, shoe/toe covers, arm warmers, rain gear, vest, wind jacket, and ear covers. We include a weather summary on each trip page, or you can also check the weather of your destination online. Check the Weather»