Planning to go for a bike ride on your next vacation? Great! Here’s a checklist for biking on vacation – all the essentials that you’ll need to bring with you for a day of biking.

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Helmet
  • Bicycle
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Phone and charger
  • Camera
  • Itinerary

Comfortable Clothes

Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. If you’re wearing pants, then tapered styles are best so they don’t catch on the gears or pedals.

You don’t need to wear bike shorts, but they sure are comfortable! There are styles that are very thin and can be worn under shorts, pants or dresses.

You may also want to bring an outer layer like a lightweight jacket.

Close-Toed Shoes

Wear close-toed shoes when you bike for safety and comfort. Shoes that cover your toes and have a strap around your heel are best.

Wear shoes that you can safely bike in and that are comfortable for walking around.


No checklist for biking on vacation is complete without a helmet. You’re never too old or too experienced at biking to ride without a helmet. Protect that noggin!

You can bring your own helmet or rent a helmet at you destination.


This may seem…obvious…but you’re going to need a bicycle. You have a few options. You can bring your own, rent a bike, or use a bike share bike to get around.

Do a little research about the local options before you depart. If you’re limited to bike rentals, we recommended making a reservation in advance if you can.


Sunscreen for your face, lips, and body is a must.

Water Bottle

Bring a refillable water bottle so you can sip throughout the day.


A backpack is the ultimate travel accessory. It’s easy to carry, more secure than an open-topped bag, and has plenty of room for stuff and souvenirs.

Better yet, opt for a 2-in-1 hydration pack to combine your water bottle and backpack into one.

Phone and Charger

Make sure you start the day with a fully-charged phone. Bring your charger along for the ride as well.


Many people rely on their phones to take photos. If you like to go a bit more high tech (or analog), then don’t forget to bring your camera along.


Whether you’re following a self-guided bike tour or riding a specific route to your destination, be sure you pedal with a plan.

Happy trails!

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