Don’t pack too much, this is the tropics, the weather is humid and you’re not going to need a thick jacket and warm clothes. At most you might need something to keep you warm on the plane, bus or train when the air-conditioning cranked up.
A lot of people over pack, save yourself the trouble and if you don’t normally wear it, then don’t pack it. Remember we have a limit of Two Bags per person with a Total Weight Limit of 25 kg / 55 lbs.
- Helmet – (Helmets must be worn at all times when on the bike.)
- Cycling gloves
- Padded cycling shorts – recommend 2-3 pairs with different seam lines
- Chamois butter or other lubricant to protect from chaffing inside your shorts
(We are proud to sell “Smooth Ass Silk” anti-chaffing cream at 500 THB per 100 ml.)
- A few pairs of socks and underwear
- Stiff-soled cycling shoes recommended, although runners will do
- Walking shoes/sandals (each ride has hiking and sightseeing options)
- Good quality sunglasses
- Photo ID
- Medical insurance card/paperwork
- Cash and/or ATM/Credit Card (we can help you find ATM’s and Exchanges)
- A hat for days off in the sun
- Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
- Personal medications and toiletries *
- Contacts/saline solution or extra pair of eye glasses
- Journal / writing materials
- Casual clothes: shorts, t-shirts, tops, jeans, or long pants / long sleeved shirt (for keeping mosquitoes away and the occasional cool evening)
- Alarm/Mobile: hotels often forget wake-up calls here in Thailand (Really!)
* Most toiletries will be included in your hotel room or you can find them at local convenience stores for less than you pay back home. No need to weigh down your bag with large containers of basic items like shampoo and conditioner.
As we will be providing you with the perfect bike for these rides, most cyclists prefer to bring their own: (we are happy to install for you)
- Pedals (for clip-less pedals/shoes or toe clips users)
- GPS or Cycling Computer
There is an extremely low chance it will rain while we are riding, but in the rare case we do get some most riders find it refreshing from the heat and short-lived so rain gear is not really necessary. If you like, maybe bring a very light rain jacket or poncho. You can find disposable ponchos in convenience shops all over Thailand.
It is recommended that you do all the laundry you can just before the ride and then the night before the day off. Most cyclists will wash their riding clothes by hand in the hotel bathroom sink and hang it to dry overnight in the air conditioned room (outside is often too humid). On the day off we will help to organize laundry.
If you are traveling extensively before or after your Tour de Thailand ride and have more luggage than our allowed limit of 2 bags at a total of 25 kg. (55 lbs.) then we can help you find a place to store it or send it to the hotel at the end of the ride.