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Complete multi-day mountain bike trip packing list

Heading out on a mountain bike adventure? Use this complete mountain bike trip packing list to make sure you don’t leave anything at home.

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Whether it’s your first time heading out on a mountain bike trip or your 100th, having a go-to mountain bike trip packing list is essential. You don’t want to find out too late that you’ve left something important at home (like your helmet!), especially if you’re heading somewhere where bike shops and service will be scarce.

I always jot down a checklist before I leave for a trip even though I’ve packed for trips dozens of times.

In this post, I’ve included all the essential pieces of mountain bike gear, clothing, tools, and spare parts you’ll need for your mountain bike adventure.

This list is easy to tailor to your trip needs and duration, so be sure to download the checklist to make you pack everything you need for a great mountain biking vacation.

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Mountain bike clothes

The mountain bike clothes you’ll want to bring on your trip will vary depending on weather, conditions, what type of riding you’ll be doing, etc…

Below is a general guide on what to pack, but customize it to fit your trip and needs.

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Becky downhill mountain biking in Oaxaca, Mexico
The Patagonia Houdini Jacket is a perfect windshell for downhill mountain biking

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‘Normal’ Clothes

Even though you’re heading on a mountain bike trip, don’t forget to pack some normal clothes for walking around town in, going out to eat, and for relaxing post-rides.

Here’s what I typically pack for my mountain bike trips:

  • 1-2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 1 pair of shorts or a skirt
  • 2 t-shirts/tank tops
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 puffy jacket or warmer sweatshirt
  • Bathing suit
  • Sneakers or shoes to walk around in
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Socks, underwear, bras
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Exploring Oaxaca, Mexico in my ‘normal’ clothes

Mountain bike gear

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Becky downhill mountain biking at Mammoth Bike Park in California
My Super DH helmet can be used as a regular helmet or a full-face. I also like to wear googles with my full-face

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Important! If you use clipless shoes, be sure to bring your pedals with you even if you’re renting a bike.

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Becky mountain biking in a remote area in Peru
Some rides can be very remote. Be prepared with a hydration pack

Bike Tools & Spare Parts

If you’re traveling to a destination with access to a bike shop, they’ll probably be able to fix most problems and issues that arise on your trip. However, keep in mind that you will be on the bike shop’s schedule and you’ll most likely be paying premium prices.

As such, it’s a really good idea to add these tools and spare parts to your mountain bike trip packing list:

Tools & maintenance

Spare parts

  • 1 pair spare brake pads (Jenson)
  • 2-3 spare valve cores (Jenson)
  • 1 spare derailleur hanger – These are bike specific! (Jenson)
  • Master link – Be sure to get one that matches your chain speed and brand (Jenson)
  • Spare tube – specific to wheel size and tire width (Jenson)
  • Spare shifting cable (Jenson)
Reassembling mountain bike in Peru with llama in the background
Pack the tools and spare parts you need to reassemble and disassemble your bike as well as fix minor mechanicals

Optional Items

First aid kit

I think it’s always a good idea to ride with a first aid kit. Depending on where you’re heading and who you’ll be riding with, it could be a good idea to pack a first aid kit for your trip.

I really love the pre-made kits by MyMedic. Their Sidekick has everything you might need in case of an emergency. It also has basics like bandages and ibuprofen.

If you’re looking for a bike-specific kit, check out the Cycle Medic (opt for the Pro) or the Cyclist Super Lite Med Pack.

>> Read Next: Most Important Supplies for you Mountain Bike First Aid Kit

GPS watch or computer

If you’re like me, you love data and tracking. I always wear my Garmin Fenix watch when I ride so I can track mileage, elevation gain, elevation loss, and GPS tracks, and more. Just remember to pack the charging cable, too!

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GoPro or Camera

If you want to capture some footage of your trip, be sure to pack a camera. I go back and forth between using my iPhone and my GoPro. I really like the GoPro, but it’s the editing afterward that I struggle with…

Becky in mountain bike gear with man loading bikes into the back of a pickup truck behind her

Snacks & hydration powder

Even if I’m packing for a fully-supported and guided ride, I still like to bring a few energy bars and hydration packets with me. My go-to bars are Bobo’s Bars because they’re delicious and the Tailwind single-serving packets for hydration.

Sunscreen and lip balm

Regardless of where you’re heading, it’s a good idea to pack a small tube of sunscreen and lip balm. You’re probably going to be spending most of the day outside, so sunscreen is important!

I also always carry some lip balm in my pack, which is especially helpful in dry, windy conditions.

Rain jacket

If you think you’ll be pedaling or descending in wet climates, be sure to add a rain jacket to your packing list. The Showers Pass Elements Jacket is a great choice because not only is it waterproof and breathable, but it’s also designed for mountain bikers, so it’s helmet compatible and longer in the back to keep you covered as you ride.

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Final thoughts

I hope this post helps you plan for your upcoming mountain bike trip! Don’t forget to download your packing list checklist so you don’t forget anything at home. Have an amazing trip!

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