Amateur Events

Charity Rides: Your Kit Checklist

Time to start ticking off what's in those panniers!

A serious case of bad packing here. Photo:

If you’re setting out on a long, multi-day ride in aid of your favourite charity, it can be easy to forget something because there’s a lot to squeeze into your panniers! So we’ve compiled this list to make your life a little easier… just be wary of taking too much. Pack light for optimum cycling pleasure.

Also, don’t forget to ensure your bike is in full, working order and to check out our Q&A for first time charity riders!

Kit Checklist

Bike – trusty, well used, carefully maintained and perfectly set up for you

Helmet – keep that nut intact!

Spare shorts – things could get gross, sweaty and smelly

Spare socks – remember how much putting on dry ones makes you happy

Hi-vis clothing – keep safe!

Bad weather gear – take a lightweight jacket and even waterproof trousers if it’s set to get stormy

Gloves – not just got wiping away snot, these also help your sweaty hands grip the handlebars.

Clipless pedals – it’s just more efficient… however don’t ride clipless for the first time on the day!

UV protecting sunglasses – keep all those pesky annoyances away from your eyes

Saddle – pick this carefully and wear it well in. You will become very familiar with it

Mudguards – aka: cold bum stopper

Panniers – let the bike do the carrying

Vaseline – a lifesaver for sore buttocks and inner thighs

Chamois cream – you know why

Plastic bags – many, plastic bags. otherwise everything on this list will get soaked!

Ibuprofen – for when you’re sore on the second day

Cycle computer/phone with mount – counting down the miles is helpful for some, a distraction for others. Do whatever suits you!



Spare inner tubes

Puncture repair kit


Multi-tool (with chain tool)

Chain lubricant

Tyre levers

Water bottles

High-energy snacks


Bike lock

Mobile phone




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