RAGBRAI LI July 20 -27, 2024

Here is my packing list for RAGBRAI 2019. Thoughts?

2 trash bags (1 for protecting dry clothes and 1 for dirty clothes)
3 clean bike water bottles
3 water bottle attachments
7 bike jerseys
7 bike shorts (all same)
8 after ride shirts
8 pairs of after ride shorts
8 pairs of after ride socks
8 pairs of morning/day riding socks
AA batteries
AAA batteries
Air horn
Allen keys (red)
BCAAs/Electrolyte Stuff
Bike bags (4) (Ortlieb)
Bike boom box (JBL BoomBox)
Bike horn
Bike pump (the Big One)
Bike shoe cleat covers
Bike shoes
Bike Tires (spares)
Blanket (make sure it’s washed)
Bug repellant
Bungee Cords
Charging banks/portable chargers (2)
Citronella candle
Cleaning wipes
Cleat Protectors
Credit Cards
Flip Flops
Front and Rear Blinkers (bring extra batteries)
Goggles for swimming
GoPro (w/ 3 spare new batteries)
GoPro attachments
GoPro Battery Charger
GPS and cord to charge it
Laptop (Mac) with Charger
Lube for bike
Mini- SD card reader for GoPro
Mini-SD cards for GoPro
Nail Cutters
Patch kit
Phone charging cord with fast charger
Pill Box (multi-vitamins)
Pillow (make sure it’s washed)
Polybags for days-worth of clothing
Reflective Vest
Self-inflatable ground pad/sleeping pad
several chargers (plug and cord)
Several heavy-duty poly bags
Sleeping bag (make sure it’s washed)
Small blender bottle (for BCAAs, protein, and pre-workout)
Small bottles of body wash or bar soap
Small bottles of shampoo
Stakes (enough for rainfly and tent)
Tire Levers
Toothbrush w/ charger
Under the seat bike bag
Wallet (Insurance, debit and credit cards, drivers license)
Wand Brush for washing
Wrench with chain breaker

44 Replies

klkoopman, June 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm

In my humble opinion I would delete the following:

Half the quantity of clothes, batteries, air horn (???), any large bike pump, checkbook (double ???), candles, cologne, no more than one credit card, laptop computer (it will be destroyed), matches, nail cutters, reflective vest, blender bottle (substitute pie for nutrition shakes), electric toothbrush (use an old fashioned manual), towel (bring a lighter sham-wow type), wand brush and any large bike tools. Bring old duffel bags you don’t mind getting beat up.

Remember that there are bike shop vendors/ mechanics who can make any necessary repairs. A Wal-Mart, Casey’s and a major drug store will be in every overnight town to take care of any need that may come up. Hope this helps!


Susan Zvacek, June 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Bike boom box? Please, no. Just no.
Laptop? You do you, but mine is staying home while I enjoy a week away from all that.
I’m also not bringing a checkbook. Fewer and fewer places accept checks, anyway.

I’d add: clothespins, safety pins, and a carabiner (or two).


DenBiker, June 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

WOW – You are packing A LOT OF STUFF! Cut it down and you will be much happier!


Uncle Kraig, June 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm

I quit reading after about 20 lines…..way too much stuff. Whatever you bring, have fun but you sure dont need 1/2 of what you listed and I only read a little bit :)


hnschipper, June 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm

You have twice the amount of stuff I take. Are you using a charter with unlimited space? What in the world will you do with a laptop and a checkbook on RAGBRAI?


Heather, June 21, 2019 at 5:11 pm

The laptop will get destroyed on Ragbrai. If you are using the baggage truck, you will be way over the limit.


mcdermott1, June 21, 2019 at 5:37 pm

way, way to much stuff. You won’t use half of all that stuff, way to much cloth. I’d add bike and helmet to the list tho ! LOL


mcdermott1, June 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

add to list : spare tire tube and device to inflate in case of a flat, Chamois Butt’r Anti-Chafe Cream, good light weight breathable rain jacket.


klkoopman, June 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

This same list appeared on the RAGBRAI Forum in 2018. Not sure what the goal is here.



John Kiehl, June 22, 2019 at 6:32 am

I would suggest taking one pair bike tights and one long sleeve jersey. It has been cool in the mornings.


Amanda, June 22, 2019 at 9:04 am

So this list is bigger than last years. Did you take all what was on your list from last year and decided you needed more? Or did you not go last year?


Anonymous, June 22, 2019 at 10:57 am

Oh I went last year! Self-supported :)


Amanda, June 22, 2019 at 7:36 pm

You carried all that crap on your bike????


Anonymous, June 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm

:O :O :O My crap is stuff and your stuff is CRAP! Hahaha!


hnschipper, June 22, 2019 at 8:10 pm

If you went last year, what advice are you needing?


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