Packing For My First Multi-Day Bike Trip

In less than 36 hours I will be testing my leg strength and sunscreen in my first multi-day cycling trip through the Willamette Valley. While passing lush, growing vineyards and farm grounds being tilled, there are a few essentials that I know I’ll need along the way and a few things that are bulk just out of pure want – luckily for me my group has a support vehicle for the three-day trip north from Armitage County Park to Champoeg State Park.

For my packing list I divided my needs into four categories: Food, Clothes, Bike Needs, Blogging Needs/Others


Our bike trip is not only about the peddling but also about the stops, so many of our meals we plan on enjoying a local eateries. But with covering 139 miles I needed to pack at least a few snacks to keep up my energy. Additionally I am on a gluten and dairy light diet, so my food packing list is a little different from the ordinary crowd.

My yummies for the road
  • 2 Peanut Butter & Jelly, Rice Tortilla Rolls
  • 3 mini boxes of rice milk
  • 1 baggy of cereal
  • 3 baggies of peanut M&Ms
  • 2 Gluten Free Lara Bars
  • 2 Bags of Gluten Free crackers
  • 1 Gatorade
  • 3 days worth of vitamins & medications


For my trip, I not only needed bike gear for three days but also outfits for evenings out and sightseeing.

  • 1 neon yellow wind/rain proof bike jacket
  • 1 warm zip up
  • 3 sports tank tops
  • 1 half-zip biking top
  • 1 pair cushioned bike shorts
  • 1 back-up Capri exercise pants
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 2 sports bras
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 skirt & blouse for night out
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 dress shoes
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Undergarments

 Bike Gear

Now for the real essentials of the trip. Most of the articles I plan on having on me during the trip on in my bike bag.

Bike essentials
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 bike light
  • 1 tire tool
  • 1 spare tube
  • 1 bike lock
  • 1 water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Tylenol
  • Bike!


I also plan of keeping all of my blog fans (you!) updated during the trip along with other writing opportunities so my list continues with blogging needs:

writing is no longer as simple as paper and pen
  • 1 iPhone
  • 1 phone charger
  • 1 camera
  • Spare batteries
  • 1 note pad
  • 2 pencils
  • 2 pens
  • ipod
  • iPad (work is providing this)

If you were taking a three day bike-ride what else would you bring? What would be leave behind?


Published by Kelsey Ivey

An avid traveler and hiker, Kelsey is a freelance writer and professional explorer.

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