A Solo Traveler’s Packing List For Bicycle Touring in Europe
I went on my first ever solo bike-packing last week, about 330 Km over 4 days. I started in Trento, Italy, went south, and then east, topped off with a mesmerizing end at Venice. An experience I’d never forget until the day I die.
This was my second ever 300+ KM bike tour, and the first one solo.
As someone who has no clue where life is headed, and a half-year-long turning thirty crisis, this bike trip was cleansing to the mind.
What’d I do differently if I did it again? Hear a lesser amount of music on the road and stayed with my silence more comfortably. The fun-est parts were where my earphones died out.
If you are planning a bike-packing trip on your own, here is a packing list I took with me. I did not camp or make my own food. I had the luxury of hostels, hotels, and Airbnb on the way (whichever one was the cheapest).
The packing list
For you to be completely comfortable and fearless in a foreign country, traveling as a lone woman (or a man…), Here are the things that I packed. I’ll also tell you what I’d leave out and what I wish I had packed more of.
Things to do for safe travels:
- Keep an easily accessible note (Say in your mobile-phone holder on your handle) with your emergency contacts, their phone numbers, and emails in case you should get in trouble.
- Carry a big, fat power bank (Very important.). A backup of it too if you can.
- Take care to see that you don't run out of internet. Get a good data plan.
- Write down the list of your hotels, accommodations, and their telephone numbers and addresses in case your phone should die or get lost.
- Set up the emergency dial on your phone ( Something that can easily call the police or ambulance for help. Most android phones have this option for SOS)