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What to pack that you cant live without

First Ragbrai and wanted to hear from people things that they bring or wished they had. Thanks

15 Replies

Geoff Butland, July 15, 2019 at 6:42 pm

It takes up a lot of room but a pillow sure feels luxurious in a tent.
Fewer clothes. Stuff you change into after the ride is good for two days or more.


Micky Sax, July 15, 2019 at 7:06 pm

Ziplock bags and ear plugs!


Sandaltan ., July 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

A pinch light. Don’t leave your tent without it.



Gregory Akers, July 15, 2019 at 9:51 pm

If you are camping, bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. By the morning, the kybos (porta-potty if you haven’t heard that RAGBRAI term) will usually be empty of those things. I also take an inflatable pillow. It’s not as comfortable as a regular pillow but it is small and easy to pack/carry.


jwsknk, July 15, 2019 at 10:50 pm

It might be a tent fan this year.


garywilk, July 16, 2019 at 6:51 am

One good thing about RAGBRAI is you can usually purchase anything you forgot. Chapstick if you value you lips, sunblock, and shower shoes or something similar. Others were covered above. You do not need cycling cloths for each day, you can hand wash them and use them in a few days when they dry out.


Ed Chimahusky, July 16, 2019 at 7:25 am

I’ve done lots of rides and as was said above just bought a tent fan. I’m not much for ear plugs but bring a good set of eye shades for sleeping.


Mark Walker, July 16, 2019 at 7:35 am

Straight Cash Homey!!


Brady Bisgard, July 16, 2019 at 7:43 am

Tent fan. Butt lotion.


Nico ZZZ, July 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

Everything for a bike can be bought in the towns.
Individual pack Prep H wipes.

Ride On!


Kelly Paananen, July 16, 2019 at 9:29 am

Glad I ordered a fan on Amazon that’ll be here tomorrow just in time!


dalebob, July 16, 2019 at 10:14 am

Dental floss for cleaning up after eating sweet corn.


francoisvanzyl, July 16, 2019 at 10:16 am

Yep, that little fan is worth it’s weight in gold.


Sam, July 16, 2019 at 10:25 am

Tent fan has been said, but it is a must for me. I pack electrolyte tablets, usually put a couple in one water bottle, and plain water in the other. Between Casey’s, Wally Worlds, and vendors you can pick up pretty much anything else.


Jboz, July 16, 2019 at 10:37 am

Don’t sweat the the little things. You will undoubtedly forget something, but you can pick up most of that from vendors at the expo and kiosks in overnight towns, or any HyVee or Casey’s.

But focusing on things you can’t easily grab on the road…
My absolute DO NOT FORGET list is as follows:

My prescription meds.
My RAGBRAI wrist/bike bands and other credentials.
My bike (goes without saying), but still…
My ID or Driver’s License.
My phone.
My Camelback.


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