Some basics to help you pack for RAGBRAI.
You can pack more or less, but there are consequences to both decisions.
Your bag has to be less than 50 lbs!
They will weigh it. If you are over, we can swap gear into someone else's bag...but you don't want to get into all that.
Type of bag
Watch the video at the bottom of this page for one type of bag recommended by ride Organizers. Last year, my bag with rollers and a handle seemed to work exceedingly well. This is ultimately your choice, but know that there are times when we might have to move our luggage with our bikes at the same time. The wrong bag can make this difficult. The right bag, can make it no problem at all.
light blanket (sleeping bag wil may be overkill, but you will want something, trust me….)
Clothing (plan for 8 days, unless we know we will be able to wash)
regular short (don’t overdo it here. Wear more than once)
shirts (don’t overdo it here. A few is plenty)
light jacket (I used my riding rain jacket)
Toilet paper (1 roll) essential to achieve “slut” status
first aid kit (note they handed out small ones last year)
wipes (for those nights when showers aren’t possible)
water bottles/camelback (a bag that travels well on bike or on foot)
tire pump (for emergency only, there are pumps at every stop)
Extra need to have items
Battery operated fan (and spare batteries)
portable phone charger (recommend at least 2)
phone charging cables
large bags for dirty clothes (trust me, you will want them)
small ziplock bags (essential to keep phones/wallet dry while riding if it rains)
rope (to create clothes line to dry things)
Party supplies – Beads (for road kill and to share with other riders),