Packing for Iowa's Ride

  • We helped people Pack for RAGBRAI for over 20 years.  We want to share the essentials and a few pro tips on Packing for IOWA'S RIDE.


  • Bedding
    • Sleeping bag or blankets
    • Pillow
  • Shower bag (small bag you can take to the shower with a change of clothing and all other items you will need to shower)
  • Toiletries
    • Tooth brush
    • Tooth Paste
    • Shaving supplies
    • Towel
    • Deodorant
    • Shower Sandals
    • Sun Screen
  • Riding Clothing (We Suggest packing each days clothing in an individual gallon zip lock bag)
    • at least two pairs of bicycling shorts
    • at least two jerseys
    • You can wash one each day but many people like have one set per day
    • Socks
  • Cycling Shoes
  • wind Breaker or other long sleeve item for riding in the morning
  • Rain gear
  • Bicycling Gloves
  • Non Riding Clothing (You will want something to change into for the evening)
  • Tent (if you are not in our tent service)
  • Cash (Many of the food vendors along the route do not take credit card)
  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone charger

May want to Bring

  • foam sleeping pad or air mattress
  • camp chair

Don’t Bring

  • Computers
  • Valuables
  • Breakables
  • Grandmas antique rocking chair

You may bring as many bags you want as long as they all weigh less than 30 lbs. individually. This is for your health and the health of our staff.  Sometimes you may need to carry your gear up to a football field in length.