Camping gear laid out for packing

Packing for the C&O bike tour

So what should you pack for a week-long tour? That’s something that’s different for everybody, but this is what I packed. My load is fairly heavy, but I don’t need to carry much food or any cooking gear since we’ll be near restaurants most of the time.

Clothes laid out for packing
T-shirts, tank tops, hoodie, swimsuit, socks, undergarments, bibs and bike shorts, jerseys, jorts, yoga pants, tennis shoes, flip-flops, plastic bag for dirty laundry, and detergent pods for the laundromat.

I definitely could have packed fewer clothes and worn things dirty more often. I know there’s a laundromat at one of the campgrounds, so I brought some detergent pods and I’m hoping that will let me freshen things up partway through the ride. Multiple pairs of bike shorts are essential, since that’s something you definitely don’t want to wear sweaty and dirty. It’s rough on the material and invites infections.

Toiletries laid out for packing
Baby wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts, bug spray, dry shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, and a comb.

I actually swapped out the bug spray for a smaller, more concentrated container. I packed a big tube of chamois butter, too. I’m really looking forward to wiping down with baby wipes in the heat of the day or right before bed if showers aren’t available. I haven’t used dry shampoo before, so I’m interested to see how that works out!

Electronics laid out for packing
Outlet adapter, cycling computer, various charging cables, battery pack, and Kindle.

The outlet adapter can charge up to five things at once (two on the three-prong adapters, two via the USB ports, and one micro USB that’s integrated into the device). This will be handy when we stop for food and want to juice up. The cycling computer will help conserve the battery in my phone and has offline maps. Having the Kindle for downtime is something I’m really looking forward to.

Camping gear laid out for packing
Sleeping pad, tent, sleeping bag, pillow, hammock straps, camp chair, tent poles, and stakes.

All the basics for sleeping here! I’m actually borrowing Kathryn’s tent this time around, since we’ll need to sleep in it the first night. The other nights, one of us will sleep in her hammock. The hammock straps pictured are mine, and the hammock sits in the Salsa Anything Cage up front (not pictured in this post). One of the secrets to more comfortable camping is a decent pillow. It makes a world of a difference!

Food and utensils laid out for packing
Larabars, bread, peanut butter, koozie, and butter knife.

This is mostly breakfast and snack food for the ride. We’ll be buying lunch as we go, and I plan to eat leftovers for dinner each night. I included a koozie in case we want to bring cold beverages back to the campground, and I also brought a silicon pint glass (not pictured) in case we have anything I might not want to drink out of a can.