Day 14: what i packed for 75 days of biking & teaching across the US
Sunday, June 18, 2023
Berea, KY -> Lebanon, KY
73 miles. 3,964 ft elevation gain.
hello everyone! today was another lovely day of biking (much better than yesterday), but we’ve had many blogs about such days recently, so i figured i would switch it up and instead share what i packed in my suitcase and drawstring bag for a 75 day trip of biking and teaching across the US! hopefully, this list will be helpful to anyone who may be planning a similar trip, and for next year’s Spokes team!
while i was packing, i felt like i was overpacking, but it turns out that i am one of the lightest packers in our group. Here are my personal belongings (the camping and teaching equipment are packed separately in the van).
SUITCASE (carry-on size)
padded bike shorts
padded bike leggings
long sleeve shirt
spokes shirt (check out the T-shirt design!)
underwear and socks
clip in cycling shoes (the clips scared me at first. i got used to them quickly though!)
On sneakers (these are great for both teaching days and hiking days!)
slides (specifically the Adissage ones — i can’t live without them)
toiletries (kind of a lot of them, but most of them are travel size and you never know when you’ll need antibiotic cream, aloe skin gel, or tea tree oil)
small first aid kit and advil (first aid kit came in handy after Andrew’s front tuck with his bike — read more about it on his blog!)
foam roller (this takes up close to a sixth of my suitcase but i’m so glad i brought it. it is a game changer to be able to foam roll at the end of the day, and my muscles thank me the following day!)
small cross body bag
small fanny pack (works well as a bike frame bag too)
headlamp (thanks Lucy!)
SMALL BAG (consisting of a tote bag inside a drawstring bag)
bone conduction headphones (these are great for biking so that you can still hear your surroundings well)
book that i’m currently reading: War of the Worlds (i’m hoping to leave it in a neighborhood library box once I finish it and snag a new book!)
journal and planner
sketchbook, color pencils, and markers (some may say all this is not quite necessary, but i do love drawing and want to do more of it this summer!)
embroidery kit (not a big fan of embroidery because i’m impatient, but i recently started a project that i hope to finish!)
playing cards (i forgot i had these, so we haven’t played any card games yet…)
hat and sunglasses
wallet and coin purse
pack of gum
What would you bring on a 75 day trip that I didn't include? Let me know in the comments!
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