Dry dressings are small and convenient for packing away in your bag, and they come in handy if you’ve hurt yourself, or someone in your group has hurt themselves.
If you’re prone to burning and bug bites, then in addition to your dry dressings, pack some bug spray and sun cream to help prevent irritations. Nothing worse than ending a great day of riding with prickly sunburn and swollen bites!
A small amount of cash should always be taken on a trail, ideally in a waterproof plastic pouch. It may be for that essential post-ride cuppa, where the café doesn’t take a card. Bike wash machines, tool hire and even the car park may require cash, but a little change can go a long way in unexpected circumstances.
Mobile phones nowadays allow us to access the world from our fingertips, but a fully charged mobile isn’t just for the Strava stats. It’s important for the possibility that you’ll need to call for help in case there’s an emergency.
It comes in handy when you’re organising a group ride, and for taking those memory snaps!