When planning any long distance bike ride it is important to make sure you have the right gear and equipment. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere freezing cold with a broken bike and your panniers or rucksacks falling apart.

The essential gear

Here is a list of essentials you will need to pack when planning to cycle from London to Amsterdam. Obviously you might want to adapt the list depending on how many days riding you are planning. Shorter trips, you can afford to travel a little lighter, but that doesn’t mean leave everything!

Some selected kit suggestions:

The packing checklist

Again, you may not need everything, but here is a handy list to tick off, as you pack them for the trip.

  • Road Bike
  • Helmet
  • Bike lock
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare inner tubes
  • GPS (optional)
  • Quick tyre inflation cans
  • Bike lights (front and rear)
  • Cycling shoes
  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Reflective clothing
  • Cycling gloves
  • Small panniers or rucksack
  • Drink bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes for evenings
  • Money
  • Camera
  • Map