Writer Louise Palmer and her husband spent their summer vacation traveling without the kids, by bicycle. One big upside: Packing doesn’t take long at all.

Here’s their packing list:



Cycling shoes


Two cycling outfits (shorts, top, socks); one to wear, one to wash.

one sun dress

one lightweight sweater

one pair of underwear

one pair of lightweight sandals

necessary basic toiletries

one rain jacket – it’s worth getting a good lightweight one 

bike gear:

·         two spare inner tubes

·         one tire inflation kit (valve and pressurized CO2 cartridge)

·         one all purpose tool


And one map to start you off. After that … who knows where you’ll be.