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Packing Carry-On for a Netherlands Bike and Barge tour

A cycling journey is a great way to really explore a country. Biking through the countryside, stopping at local coffee shops, and picnicking along the way, gives you the chance to experience a culture as a traveler instead of a tourist. A Netherlands bike tour is the perfect first European cycling tour, but packing light is essential.

Many groups offer cycling tours, some staying at hotels along the way with a sag wagon shuttling luggage from place to place, and some offer a barge accommodation where the barge meets you at the end of each cycling day. We chose the barge option as we didn’t want to be packing up each day before a 6-7 hour ride.

Our barge was quite basic. With a maximum of 20 guest, the Jelmar, had a kitchen, dining room and outdoor area on the main deck and cabins below. Our room was small but tidy with a tiny closet and bath. The luggage, when unpacked, slid under the bunks and the rest off our daily gear was stowed on a small shelf above the beds. Suffice it to say that space was at a premium and we were glad we’d packed light.

Read about our experience on the Netherlands bike tour.

Now, as bike and barge pros, we share strategies for packing:

1. Make a packing list!

2. Allow room for cycling gear

3. Keep Technology to a Minimum

Bring what you’ll need for the flight, but don’t expect much tech time on the trip. You’ll have no safe space for carrying a dSLR on the bike and likely won’t have wi-fi on the barge. We did carry a compact waterproof camera – our Nikon Coolpix camera (which takes great pictures, even underwater!)- but primarily used our phones for pictures.

We had a great time on this adventure and have booked another bike/barge trip for Germany in 2020. This time we’ll know to bring a waterproof jacket!

Where have you cycled that you’d recommend? We’re always looking for adventures!

 


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