As we welcome the warmer weather and the first slow cyclists to Transylvania this Spring, we thought a few suggestions of what to pack might be just the ticket. You don’t need any special kit to join us and, unless you would like to bring your own, we supply bikes, helmets, water bottles and bike-mounted bags in which to carry a few daily essentials. Our trips are fully supported and your bags will be waiting in your room when you arrive after a day in the saddle, so go ahead and pack your favourite bulky sweater.
What to wear when cycling
Safety first! We supply bike helmets but you may wish to bring your own.
During the cooler months a buff or neck warmer will keep you toasty, as will full-finger cycling gloves. Clear or medium light glasses can stop dust getting into your eyes and, of course, darker lenses are best when cycling in the sunshine. In the sun, and especially in Rwanda where we cycle close to the equator, skin protection is a must.
With t-shirts, jumpers and jackets, layering is key, as are breathable, natural fibres that will keep you snug or cool whatever the weather (and hills…). Whether you opt for shirts or t-shirts, pack both long and short sleeve options. A warm jumper is the next layer and many sing the praises of a gilet too. A waterproof shell jacket is essential.
We’re not really into lycra but you might want to wear padded cycling shorts, or even padded ‘under shorts’ (Velovixen have a good selection for women). Cycling specific shorts tend to be cut higher at the back and made from relatively stretchy, though sturdy, fabric. Morvélo do a great overland range. We do provide gel seat covers too to soften the impact.
Firm-soled trainers are recommended for cycling. If you want to wear your clip-in shoes and are extremely comfortable and confident cycling off-road with cleats, we can provide pedals but please let us know in advance. We like socks from Mr Monkey Sox or those in merino, cotton or bamboo.
A light, waterproof day pack in which to carry a camera or binoculars, or an extra layer of clothing, is recommended.
What to wear when walking
You’ll almost certainly walk on at least one of the days of your trip, or you may choose to book a dedicated walking trip. If you’re not comfortable walking significant distances in your cycling trainers (or if you’ve cycled in clip-in shoes), a pair of hiking boots are preferably.
A pair of waterproof trousers are another addition to consider. If you’re trekking to see gorillas or golden monkeys in Rwanda, these are highly recommended, along with a pair of thick or heavyweight trousers to trek through the montane rainforest of the Virungas.
For some of the steeper walks, such as crossing the Vikos Gorge, you might want to bring walking poles.
What to wear in the evening
Warm, comfortable clothes to eat, drink and relax in after an exhilarating day. A warm fleece or jumper is a firm favourite, especially as we often enjoy dinner under the stars.
A few extras
- Plug adaptor
- Swimming trunks or costume
- A book from our reading list
When you make a booking, we’ll send you a country-specific list of recommended packing. If you’d like one of our Slow Cyclist t-shirts, please get in touch and we’ll pop it in the post to you.