So how does one go on a bike tour, anyway? It’s easier than you think.

Consider this list, of things you need when you’re at home but that you don’t need when you’re living on a bike:

  • Oven cleaner
  • A plunger
  • Refrigerator magnets
  • Pruning shears
  • A mop
  • Ice cube trays
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Garbage cans
  • A stepladder
  • Coasters
  • Light bulbs
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Hangers

And here’s the list of things you need when you’re on a bike tour, that you don’t need at home:

  • A bike
  • A helmet

That’s it! The rest is optional. Clearly, bike touring is far simpler and more straightforward than living at home, yes? It’s also a great remedy for the stress of modern life. (Though I will admit there are some tough days.) Let’s go!

If you’re new to bicycling, start with How To Go On A Bike Trip: The Very Short Version.

If you can bicycle but you’re new to long-range touring, check out Bicycle Touring Far From Home.

And here’s some more miscellaneous stuff for seasoned travelers:

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