Hello young bikers! Below is the BOP packing list. Essentials are listed in RED. The other items are recommended but not necessary. There will be no watches, cell phones, music devices, Iliad, non-prescribed non-over-the-counter drugs or alcohol, long knives, firearms, weapons of mass destruction, or anything else that detracts from the outdoor getting-to-know-you experience.
Some advice about fabrics: cotton is comfortable and breathable, but it also absorbs and retains water, so it becomes heavy and smelly if it gets wet, and no longer keeps you warm. Polypropylene is a non-absorbent synthetic fabric that repels water, but is not very windproof. It can also get pretty hot biking in polypro. Nylon dries quickly and is extremely windproof. Best way to go.
There is no need to go on a spending spree for this trip. Most BOPpers bike in the bare minimum of mesh shorts, a cotton T-shirt, and kicks. I go the beautiful route and wear spandex biking shorts (padded for my comfort) and a nylon biking shirt with pockets in the back for Jolly Ranchers. As a general rule, go for comfort.
Required items are listed in RED.
- T-shirts | Bring around 4. The weather will most likely be hot and humid, and you will probably want a change of clothes for each day. If you don’t, the other people in your tent probably will.
- Long sleeved shirt or sweatshirt | The nights can get surprisingly cold.
- Shorts | Bring a couple pairs.
- Pants | Bring at least one pair to wear around camp to keep the mosquitoes off of those legs of steel.
- Underwear and socks
- Sneakers | For riding.
- Sandals or slippers | For around campgrounds. You.ll want them after a day of riding. Your feet will thank you.
- Rain jacket | bottoms optional
- Bike jersey | They help with ventilation and the pockets can hold a LOT of jolly ranchers.
- Light jacket | is always helpful for breaking winds.
- Cycling gloves | are pretty useful. They help prevent numbness, provide crash protection, improve your grip and absorb sweat. I definitely recommend them, but by no means a requirement. And you.ll look way hardcore with the gloves.
- Bike shorts | These are stretchy and skin-tight; they are also padded in the rear for those with tender rumps.
- Helmet | If you don’t have one, we will provide one for you, but by bringing your own, you can make sure that the helmet is snug and snazzy looking. Your helmet must be SNELL or ANSI approved; you can check this by looking at the tag inside the helmet.
- Bicycle Water Bottle | If you don’t have one, we will provide one for you, but bring one to ensure maximum squirting-your-friends ability.
- Sleeping Bag | Down or synthetic only. COÖP offers rentals for $15 if you don’t have your own.
- Bowl & cup/mug | Make sure they’re unbreakable (plastic).
- Spoon and fork | Unbreakable plastic, please.
- Bug repellent and Sunblock
- Headlamps or flashlight | To help you find your way around.
- Sunglasses | Sunglasses are not required, but they help keep wind (and bugs) out of your eyes on the road, especially if you wear contact lenses. Plus, you’ll look cool..
- Medication | Please notify your leaders of any emergency medication you bring on the trip
- Contact lenses or glasses | if needed. Please bring a strap to keep on your glasses while riding.
- Camera | disposable are best–don’t bring the nice one.
- Pocket knife | If you have one with a short blade and a can opener, it can come in handy. Please, no long knives.
- Crazy creek sleeping bad/camp chair | They make the nights more comfortable, and you can be the envy of your group.