Packing List

The RAGBRAI Packing List was inspired by the BikeIowa.com packing list.

The list is designed to inspire and help riders not forget the essentials. On RAGBRAI, less is more.

Camping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Stuff sack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Small pillow (Inflatable Sea to Summit)
  • Tent
  • Tent stakes
  • Bug spray (make sure to let all the mosquitos in your tent before zipping them in)
  • Backpacker stove & mess kit (not necessary)
  • Camp coffee pot, w/coffee, creamer, sugar (Massive pain in the ass.)
  • Solar shower (I’ve never used mine.)
  • Towel (pack towels are great. This is the most useful thing you can carry.)
 

Clothes

  • Cycling shorts (2-3)
  • Hat
  • Comfy campground shorts (1-2)
  • Pants (only needed these once)
  • Extra sportsbras for hanging out and sleeping
  • Flip-flops or comfy sandals
  • Hoody, fleece and pants (can get cold at night and morning)
  • SPD sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim suit
  • Tank-tops (3-5)
  • T-shirts (2-3)
  • Underwear (3-5)
  • Rain jacket
  • Sport Kilt
 

Daily on the Bike

  • Two water bottles
  • Helmet
  • All-In-One-Tool
  • Front and Rear Lights (sufficient for riding after dark)
  • Cash
  • Credit/ATM card
  • Driver’s license
  • Health Insurance ID card
  • Patch kit
  • Riding gloves
  • Riding shoes
  • Bike bell or horn (very helpful)
  • Spare tubes
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick (spf 15 or more)
  • Condoms
  • Tire Levers
  • Tire pump
  • Toilet paper
  • Zip Ties
  • Bike lock
 

Technology

  • Camera
  • GoPro
  • Phone (it won’t work most of the time)
  • Waterproof phone case, or zip lock baggy
  • SD Cards
  • USB Charger and Cables
  • Lightning cable for iPhone
  • Battery charger or solar panel for phone
  • Bluetooth speaker
 

Humorous

  • BIKE!
  • Case of Schlitz to use as bum repellant
  • Hill Erasers
  • multiple alibis (just in case)
  • muzzle for Web’s tongue
  • skank repellent
  • Slim Jims (dog repellant)
 

Luxury

  • beads, beads, beads
  • Koozies!
  • CD Player / Walkman / Radio / Headphones
  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • chain breaker
  • compact (foldable) kite
  • extra pair of sunglasses
  • frisbee
  • Powdered lemonade & vodka
  • Spare tire
  • Super Soaker
  • Tent fan
  • Flask
 

Misc

  • Ear Plugs
  • Sleep Mask
  • Silk Sheet
  • ZipLock Baggies
  • Chamois Butt’R – trust me – it will save your ass (literally)
  • Chapstick (3 or more)
  • routine medication
  • bungee cords
  • Desitin Baby ointment (don’t laugh it works)
  • duct tape
  • fanny pack
  • first aid kit
  • gum
  • Hacky Sack
  • lip sun screen
  • Plastic grocery sacks for bike seat
  • wind proof lighter!
 

Toiletries

  • Quick-dry travel towel
  • ALEVE or Ibuprofen (Big bottle)
  • Antacids, zantac, prilosec
  • Allergy meds
  • Baby powder/gold bond (very helpful) – (Desitin for emergencies)
  • Baby wipes or athletic wipes (in case you miss the shower)
  • Band aids
  • Glasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Solution
  • Disposable razor
  • Eye-drops
  • Q-tips
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap
  • More condoms
  • sports cream
  • toilet paper
  • Tooth brush/paste (Toob rocks)
 

Stuff Others Thought of!

  • $50 cash per day minimum (Ride with me, drink for free) – Rob Johnston
  • 2 or 5 mile range FRS radio (walky talky)
  • A “townie” basket
  • a cooler for luggage
  • A extra fork for Homemade Pie
  • alcohol wipes
  • Bandannas
  • basket
  • batteries
  • AAA Card
  • battery operated fan
  • be sure to spray water proof your tent each year!!
  • beef jerky
  • beerslide
  • Benadryl
  • Bible
  • bicycle powered blender
  • bicycle towing system
  • blinkie
  • booties
  • Bug spray/repellant
  • Chain Lube
  • chex mix
  • clipless
  • clothes line
  • Clothes Pins (to hang up wet clothes for drying)
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for the evenings
  • Compass
  • dried fruits
  • duct tape
  • even more beer
  • extra batteries for lights
  • Extra spokes
  • fig newtons
  • film
  • Flashlight w/new batteries
  • frisbee
  • glasses/contact lenses
  • Gloves not biking cold wet mornings
  • Groundcloth for tent
  • guaze
  • guaze pads
  • gum
  • Gummy Bears & Octopi – Rocket Fuel
  • hacky
  • hair de-tangler
  • hair ties
  • hairbrush and hair ties
  • hand cleaner
  • hand crank blender
  • hand crank up radio -flashlight
  • heavy tent stakes for winds
  • Hydrocortozone cream
  • Ibuprofen, not Tylenol
  • Imodium AD
  • ipod
  • ketchup and salt packets
  • kleenex in a ziplock for corn field stops
  • knee pads
  • L.E.D. flashlight (batteries last 100hrs if left on)
  • Laundry detg (small Cont.)
  • long distance calling card
  • Maps
  • Matches
  • Mayan style hammock
  • mirror
  • Name Cards with email address, phone #s/ City,State
  • newtons
  • old 35mm film container or two
  • peanut butter in a tube
  • pedialite..great for hangovers
  • penicillin
  • Petzel head lamp
  • playing cards
  • Powered Gatorade
  • Preparation H Wipes
  • presta/schrader valve adapter
  • Rain jacket, pants, booties & helmet cover
  • repellant
  • rolling papers
  • Rope for cloths line
  • Butt Ice Wet Wipe
  • safety pins
  • schrader
  • Shampoo (Travel size)
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • shoes
  • Shower caps for bike seat, under helmet if it rains
  • Shower shoes or flip flops
  • sh-sd60 shimano sandals
  • slim jim
  • small hammer
  • Small notebook
  • Small Swiss Army Knife
  • Super soaker
  • Socks
  • Soft-sided 12 pack cooler
  • spare clips for clipless pedals
  • spare contact lenses
  • Topeak multi-tool
  • Topless Women Riders
  • towel
  • townie
  • travel john personal urinal
  • tripod stool
  • twizzlers
  • Tylenol PM – Great for hangovers (take before bed!)
  • under food and drink—-Powder sports drink
  • use a blow up kind of pillow, it won”t matter if it gets damp
  • valve stem extractor
  • vaseline
  • viagra
  • Watch
  • Weather radio
  • Ziplock Bags