Packing list for the bike ride

Think about the weight and avoid heavy, useless items. Even though it's summer, we can have cold temperatures in Vesterålen so remember warm, wind proof clothes! ALWAYS bring an extra change of dry clothes for use in dry circumstances, and consider wearing the damp clothes when cycling. A tip is to put damp clothes in the sleeping bag while sleeping to dry it during the night. Zinc ointment or Assos cream can be a good idea to use for your behind on long rides.

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The following list is a suggestion for long trips, for shorter trips it can be considerably shortened.

Normal to wear on the body:

  • Bicycle shorts/pants
  • Woolen undershirt
  • Thin jacket
  • Woolen socks
  • Shoes (wind covers optional)
  • Helmet
  • Reflective vest
  • Bicycle glasses
  • Bicycle gloves
  • Scarf (optional)

On the bike:

  • Water bottle
  • Map
  • Lights on the front and back of the bike

Easily accessible in the bike bag:

  • Money
  • Mobile phone
  • Chocolate and/or nuts
  • Valuables
  • Tools: patches, deck levers, multitools, extra hose, extra battery for lights
  • First aid kit

In a waterproof bike bag:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Sleeping mat
  • Primus and cooking pans
  • Matches
  • Knife
  • Cutlery
  • Tools: pump, extra hose, extra batteries for lights
  • Thick woolen or fleece sweater
  • Woolen long johns and an extra undershirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Warm jacket, thin down jacket for cold nights - should be lightweight
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Light pants for rest days
  • Toiletries (remember toilet paper and wet wipes)
  • Cell phone charger
  • Sun block
  • Towel
  • Swimming wear
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Extra gloves or mittens
  • Book