The Ultimate Cycling Trip 101: Planning and Packing

Those who dream of venturing on the best UK cycling routes or heading abroad for cycling holidays have come to the right destination. Adventure holidays are exciting yet require lots of planning. Unlike those going on beach trips, you aren’t setting yourself up for pure relaxation and minimal clothing. 

You will need lots of gear and planning for cycling trips, so let’s get into it so you can get prepared.

Insure yourself before you set off

Before you set off on your cycling adventure, you must ensure that you are covered for injuries and cancellations. 

When you seek insurance for cycling holidays, you don’t need to worry about the financial side of medical claims and transport cancellations. You will be covered and ready for anything. Hopefully, you don’t need legal help. But if you do, the insurance will cover you. 

Service your bike

Nobody should head out on a cycling adventure without servicing their bike. You must do this before you leave. Otherwise, you could risk cutting your trip short due to bike issues or causing an injury.

If you are flying, take these extra steps

If you choose to fly to another country for a cycling trip, you need to know these things:

  • Book a space on the plane for your bike. You can’t expect to turn up at the airport and put your bike on the plane for free. It will go in the hold compartment, but you must still pay.
  • Get travel insurance. As well as bike insurance for your trip, you must seek other travel insurance for your baggage. You will want to be fully covered so nothing can cause serious issues.

Packing the right cycling gear

If you are a cycling addict, you will already know that you can’t go on a cycling holiday wearing normal shorts and sandals. 

Cycling holidays require certain clothing and accessories for the most comfortable experience. Be sure to pack these things for your cycling trip:

  • Cycling shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Helmet
  • Batteries for your lights
  • Cable ties
  • Water bottles

You can often hire cycling equipment when you get to your destination. However, it is more convenient to have your gear prepared so you can set off and avoid the extra fees. 

Renting equipment: is it a good idea?

If you choose to rent equipment for your cycling trip, be sure to research before you go. If you don’t, you could waste time or get into trouble. 

Hiring a bike or accessories from a random company without signing a contract could get you into trouble. Be sure to find reputable companies that offer contracts so you can be safe rather than sorry. 

Cycling holidays are rising, so more destinations offer rental bikes and accessories. While these are great and require less packing and organizing, you might get the best experience from your own bike (as it’s one you are used to cycling). Should you wish to enter competitions or beat your current cycling records, we recommend using your own bike and completing the extra preparations. 

Stella Ryne

Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveller, conscious consumer and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book. She’s deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable living and sustainable travel will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. Stay in touch with Stella via Twitter @RyneStella