Packing for your Bicycling Vacation
Most travelers pack too much. As a guideline, your checked
bag should be no larger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and
weigh no more than 50 pounds. Your
carry-on bag should not exceed 46 linear inches and weigh no more than 11
pounds. Checking more than one bag generally incurs an additional charge. We
recommend contacting your airline directly or visiting their website for
specific requirements and baggage allowance restrictions.
Please remember that there is no luggage portage when
meeting your VBT representative at the airport and transferring to the first
hotel. Therefore, the more you pack, the more you have to carry around. You may
also want to leave some room in your bag for souvenirs and gifts.
Packing your Bags
Before packing your bags, we suggest you check with the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov
for a detailed
list of permitted and prohibited items, and tips for packing and travel.
As a guideline, we recommend packing your carry-on with a
full change of clothes; toiletries (please check the TSA website for liquid
size restrictions); any prescription drugs; your camera; any breakable items. A
money belt is also recommended to keep your passport, credit cards, travel
documents, and valuables together and safe. You are allowed one carry-on in
addition to one personal item such as a laptop computer, other electronics,
purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera gear.
We recommend packing all of your clothing and gear in one duffel bag or suitcase, which
should not exceed the size allowed by your airlines. Attach luggage tags with
your name, address, and contact information.
To reduce the risk of damage to your luggage, please do not lock your bags when checking in for
flights. The TSA screens every piece of checked luggage. Baggage- handling
agents may require access to the contents of your luggage and will break locks
as required. TSA Accepted and Recognized Locks are available. (For details on
locks visit: www.tsa.gov/travelers/customer/claims/protect.shtm#locks.)
When cycling, it is best that you dress in layers that can
be put on and taken off during the day as temperatures change. We recommend
polypropylene, lightweight wool and similar synthetic fabrics which wick away
moisture. A windbreaker or light shell is also useful for cool mornings and
days that are a bit chilly. Adequate
rain gear is a must! Pants and a jacket made of Gore-tex or similar
waterproof, breathable fabric will keep you comfortable and dry if needed.
Padded cycling shorts will add considerably to your comfort.
In general, the attire on our trips is functional and
casual. For a dinner or a special event a smart-casual outfit is recommended.
The following list
contains the items we recommend you bring with you on tour.
cycling shorts __
24 or 27-speed bicycle *
__ Bright synthetic cycling jerseys __
Hard-shell bicycle helmet *
__ Firm-soled shoes for cycling __
Clipless pedals and shoes (optional)
__ Polypropylene/lycra leggings __
Personal saddle (optional)
__ Windbreaker/light jacket __
Warm hat that fits under a cycling helmet **
__ Fleece pullover and/or vest __
Warm (wool or synthetic) socks **
__ Light cycling/athletic socks __
Full-fingered cycling gloves or warm gloves **
__ Cycling gloves __
Waterproof (Gore-tex or similar) rain
__ Cycling glasses/sunglasses __
* FREE use of VBT
bicycle and helmet are included in your tour.
If bringing your own bike,
please refer to Bringing Your Own Bicycle.
** These are important for
cool-weather and autumn tour departures. Rain gear is
recommended on all VBT tours.
__ Casual and dress shorts
__ Casual or collared sports shirts or blouses
__ Casual trousers, khakis, and button-up shirt for men
__ Pants or skirt; top or blouse; or dress for women
__ Socks and underwear
__ Sandals or other shoes
Add to this list: toiletries and personal items; your passport; travel
documents; emergency contact information such as credit card company, bank, and
your physician’s phone number; any prescription drugs you take on a regular
basis; camera; alarm clock; electric adapter; cell phone.