RAGBRAI PACKING LIST (assuming you are using rent-a-tent from PBVentures)
1. 8 clothes pins & cord in baggie to pin up drying clothes.
2. Scotch; 18 years old. Cuban cigars.
3. Throw in about 10 durable, sandwich size Ziplocs.
4. 2 extra batteries (for tent fan). Extra flashlight (small) with fresh batteries; reading glasses in carrying case.
5. Extra bike stuff: Rain cape; arm/leg warmers, 2 CO2’s (airlines won’t let you pack them – ship them with bike); 2 extra tubes.
6. Inflatable (good quality) air mattress and battery inflater; blanket or fleece sleeping back insert; sheet; small pillow.
7. Small O2 (brand) tent fan. Do not forget the tent fan. You’ll thank me.
8. Two extra 2 gallon size baggie for dirty clothes.
9. Bike clothes in four baggies (four shorts, four jerseys; four socks; four sweat bands/do rags; four gloves); one for Sunday, one for Monday, etc.
10. Street clothes (in 2 gallon sealable baggie to protect against rain): 2 pair walking shorts; one hat; five t shirts; sandals; underwear.
11. “Afternoon baggie” : (a) liquid camp soap – double bagged to prevent leak; deodorant; comb; Gold Bond powder – love that stuff; bug repellant. (b) bandaids; ointment; advil.
12. “Morning Baggie”: chamois lube of choice, sun screen, toothpaste/brush, baby wipes (put wipes in sandwich baggies prior to trip – carry during day), prescription meds & Advil in double baggie; u/v lip balm.
13. Cell phone charger (the battery kind, not electric charger).
14. Miners headlight for use in tent.
15. Oh yes – your bike.
[DailyOn board bike]
16. Camera in baggie.
17. Clear plastic case or small baggie w/ cash, credit card, drivers license, insurance card, electrolytes and cell; baby wipes in pre-packed baggie.
18. Water bottle(s).
19. In seat bag: lip balm w/ U/V protection, 1 tube; 2 CO2 cartridges w/ inflater or frame pump; tire tool.
20. Sun screen; use small mountain carabiner or key ring to hang off bike seat bag.
21. Helmet; bike shoes; sunglasses.
Emergency repair items. small roll of duct tape and 2′-3′ feet of thin gauge wire to fix that broken tent pole(store in the box you carry your fan in) also include the good old multi tool. use a cheap plastic rain jacket with the sleeves cut off below the elbows, ever notice how sweaty your arms get while using the jacket-oh, you have ridden in rain, right? the big choice is do you wear the rain jacket while riding or put it on at stops to warm up, and arm and leg warmers can help keep you dry and warm in rain too. I like to have one pair of the convertiable nylon hiking pants for after ride wearing, shorts if it hot and pants if cool, dry easily too. Funny item to carry, one year on a rainy day a rider I was tagging along with pulled out a baggie after the rain had stopped and put on new dry socks, great idea for those who don’t/can’t wear sandals.And bring a ball cap or foldable hiking hat to keep the sun off your head at stops and while camping.