On your marks, get set…cycle
The most important questions first: what will the weather be like? What temperatures do you expect and how many kilometres will you cover each day?
Once these questions have been answered, you can start packing. You don’t have to worry about the size and weight of your case. Because thanks to the practical Eurobike luggage service, your suitcase is brought straight to your next hotel as you cycle.
Tip: Also consider which sights you plan to visit during the day. In churches you should always cover your knees and shoulders!
Pack in your suitcase
There is a lot to see and do on a week-long tour – so your case should be packed accordingly. What shouldn’t be missed:
- Functional underwear for the duration of your trip
- Short and long cycling shorts, depending on the weather, and also for changing
- Functional shirts, enough for the tour duration
- Casual clothes for the evening
- A warm jumper
- A light jacket
Pack in your saddle bag
In principle, you only need things in the daily stages that you just can’t live without. So what’s that then? Thanks to the well-organized stages by Eurobike, the most important things are arranged by the team – such as the route, stops and points of interest. Everything else goes in the saddle back. Such as documents, ID cards, e-cards, cash and smartphones etc.
By the way: thanks to the Eurobike saddle bag, your belongings are ideally stowed away and don’t take up much space.
These things should not be missing from your saddle bag:
- Tools for breakdowns, such as a wrench, tire lever and Allen key
- Repair kit
- Spare tube
- Air pump
- Bike lock
- Rain clothes
- Sun cream
- Insect repellent
- Provisions such as fruit, granola bars or a sandwich
- Bottles of water, ideally 2 so you always have enough to drink
- First aid kit
- Safety vest: to ensure better visibility at dusk
Important: When wearing a helmet you always feel safe on the road. Tips for a perfectly fitting helmet can be found in this blog post.
Always with you: a first aid kit
Regardless of the length of the tour, a first aid kit should always be part of your bike luggage. Hopefully you won’t need the contents, but it’s important to have the essentials with you nevertheless. So that it doesn’t take up too much space in your saddlebag, it is also worth dividing it up. Take only items that alleviate acute symptoms in your day bag. A waterproof bag is also particularly suitable to use.
First aid kit
Always have plasters, gauze, scissors and adhesive tape with you. Tweezers are also helpful, for example, to remove small stones from an abrasion. In addition, a bottle of wound disinfectant won’t do any harm.
Muscle soreness quickly follows a demanding cycle tour. So this doesn’t affect you for the next few days, taking magnesium before bed helps. As a powder (dissolved in water) or gel, the mineral has an antispasmodic effect and helps you forget the pain.
Swarms of mosquitos can be a nuisance, especially at dusk, which is why an insect repellent for the skin should be part of your basic equipment. However, it is also best to use the remedy during the day to keep ticks away. By the way, not all sprays and creams help against these annoying (and unfortunately not entirely harmless) beasts: proper clothing, such as ankle-high socks, are also useful.
If you have already been bitten, a small cooling stick quickly relieves the itching. Ribwort offers a natural alternative: the herb grows in almost every field. Its sap has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Anyone who is out and about outdoors should always have a tick remover or card with them. Before removing the animal, however, you should find out exactly how to do it. Otherwise you could get an infection. It is also useful to circle the bite with a waterproof pencil after removal in order to better recognise skin changes and symptoms of Lyme disease. It is important to check yourself for ticks after every tour. It is therefore ok to store the tick tweezers in the main luggage.
Another tip: if you suspect a tick bite, but you cannot go to the dr the same day, take a picture of the bite site with your phone. Because typical signs of an infection with Lyme disease often recede the next day and the puncture site then looks like a ‘normal’ insect bite. Using the photo, a doctor can assess the possible risk of infection later on. Before you travel, you should find out whether the holiday region is part of the tick risk area. In this case, a TBE vaccination or booster is recommended.
Adequate sun protection is not only essential when the sun is shining. Even when the sky is cloudy, UV radiation can cause sunburn. You should therefore always have sunscreen with you to renew your protection during the tour. The right clothing also helps here. For example, on particularly sunny days, a long, thin shirt is better than a tight top.
A current vaccination certificate or health card with blood type or previous illnesses should always be with you in your day bag. Particularly practical: Many smartphones now have an app in which health information and medication can be saved. That saves space in your luggage!
Light pain relief
If you want, you can add a light pain reliever to your first aid kit. Before doing this, however, you should speak to your dr or pharmacist about the effects and use. The pain relievers should only be used in an emergency as they can impair circulation and reactivity.