Cycling Vietnam – What to Bring?

It is important that the clothing you take on your cycling tour is appropriate for the trip you have chosen. There is a fine balance between taking too much and too little, especially considering that you need to equip yourself for differing levels of physical exertion and also for a range of climatic conditions.

This is our suggested equipment list. Modify the list depending on your personal needs and past experiences.

On-the-bike Clothing

  • Touring shoes — good for walking as well as riding, i.e. some flex in the sole
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
  • Socks — wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)
  • Leg warmers or tights for riding (rain pants could substitute)
  • Short-sleeved shirts (2)
  • Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
  • Rain gear, jacket and pants
  • Waterproof shoe covers

Off-the-bike Clothing

  • Comfortable shorts
  • Comfortable pants (zip-off legs or rain pants could substitute)
  • Underwear.
  • Sandals, flip-flops, or lightweight shoes
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Gloves — wool or fleece
  • Swimsuit (optional)

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Razor
  • Hair brush
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer

Miscellaneous

  • Passport, wallet and ID
  • Health insurance card
  • Travel insurance card
  • Cash and/or credit cards
  • Camera (with spare battery)
  • Plastic bags (for dirty laundry, wet clothes)
  • Electronic chargers (for camera, e-reader, cell phone)
  • Adaptors or convertors

First aid kit

  • Insect repellent
  • Antiseptic cream or antibiotic ointment
  • Sunscreen and total bloc
  • Band-aids and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
  • Salve for chafing
  • Medications (in original bottles with your name on them)