Packing your case
To ensure flexibility for all weather conditions, we recommend the ‘onion look’ as well as functional, breathable clothing made of merino wool or synthetic fibres, as these wick moisture away well. Avoid cotton.
- A well-fitting bike helmet is a must, as safety is a priority on any cycle tour and is even compulsory in some destination countries! Check out our blog post for useful tips!
- Comfy sports shoes for optimal pedal-power, and gut, quick drying socks.
- Seamless, temperature-regulating functional base layer made of synthetic fibre or merino wool.
- Long and short cycling trousers with seat padding, depending on the weather and also to change into
- Functional shirts, also enough for the duration of your tour
- Wind- and rain jacket
- Rain cover/poncho
- Cycling gloves
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Casual shoes
- Depending on the season, possibly a warm pullover or light jacket
Must haves for the daily stages
The daily tours on a Eurobike cycle tour are well organised and our Eurobike station managers will take care of the delivery of your luggage. In your quality, water-tight saddle bags and handlebar begs you should pack only the essential items that you can’t do without during the day.
Our tip: On your cycle tour, you not only pedal hard, but also experience the country, the people and the culture of your holiday destination with all your senses. In some churches or monasteries, however, you are not allowed to enter in short clothing. Here it doesn't hurt to have something to cover up with in your daypack.
What to pack in the handle bar bags?
Your valuables, for example, identification documents, electronic health pass, insurance card (E-Card in Austria), some cash and your mobile phone are best stored within easy reach in the removable handlebar bag. We recommend you also pack a small power bank (for example an extra external battery) with you to ensure that your smartphone battery always has enough power.
Don’t forget to drink enough during your cycle tour, to avoid concentration problems and muscle cramps. An aluminium flask can keep your drink cool or warm for a long time, depending on personal preference. An electrolyte drink now and then doesn’t hurt when you have cramps and when you need a boost of energy muesli bars, sugar or a but or fruit or sandwich can be packed to enjoy them during a short stopover.
Just in case: the first-aid kit for your journey
If you sit in the saddle for a long time, you may have to deal with pressure marks or skin irritations. Creams with a thick consistency prevent skin from rubbing against fabric. Sore spots are best treated with antibacterial zinc ointment. For minor injuries, you should have disinfectant, plasters and wound ointment in your daypack; a small, compact first aid kit is ideal. A light painkiller can't hurt either, but be aware of the impairment of your ability to react and don't take these medicines lightly. Of course, the medicines you need personally also belong in your day luggage; allergy sufferers in particular should have everything quickly to hand in case of emergency. Insect repellent is also a must in your luggage! It is best to spray yourself with a good product in the morning before you set off to keep insects and ticks away. If you have already been bitten, a small cooling stick will quickly relieve the itching.
Our tip: A natural alternative is ribwort plantain, which can be found on almost all roadsides. Pick a few leaves, grind them with your fingers and dab the mixture on the sting. The plant sap has an anti-inflammatory effect.
After a challenging stage, you may also experience sore muscles that could affect you in the next few days. Unfortunately, there are no miracle cures, but you can prevent it and help your muscles to recover by taking magnesium in powder form dissolved in water or in gel form. Warming pain gels after a hot shower can also help to relax the affected parts of the body and make you fit for the next day. For a tense neck, a little warmth from a scarf often helps.
Another tip: Your water bottle can be used as a fascia roll! Reduce muscle tension in the legs and promote blood circulation by slowly rolling out the front and back thigh muscles with the help of the bottle.