Mountain Biking Trip Checklist

GEAR PROVIDED BY HOLIDAY RIVER EXPEDITIONS

  • LARGE WATERPROOF CAMP BAG (upon request)
  • SMALL WATERPROOF DAY BAG (upon request)
  • EATING UTENSILS, PLATES, & CAMP CHAIR
  • FULL COURSE MEALS: lunch the first day through lunch the last day
  • DRINKS: ice water, lemonade, 1 soda/person/day-popular mixes of regular & diet
  • BIKE REPAIR KIT: sufficient for common road repair on standard mt. bikes. If your bike has non-standard components, come prepared.

It’s best if you pack one large duffel bag with your camp gear (e.g., sleeping bag and extra clothing) and one small day bag/pack with things you’ll want during the day. Your large duffel bag will be packed away in our support van and will not be accessible during the day. Your small day bag/pack can be loaded at the back of the van where you can get to it at lunch and rest stops. (Holiday’s bag dimensions are: day bag 10” diameter × 22” high, camp bag 16” diameter × 28” high.) Tents may be packed separately, and we provide separate storage for personal beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light & compact (no more than 15–20 lbs). Visit the FAQ page on our website for tips on packing for your bike trip.

GEAR YOU MUST BRING OR RENT FROM HOLIDAY

  • *CUP (for morning hot drinks and/or evening cocktails; plastic mugs work well)
  • *WATER BOTTLE (included only with BIKE rental)
  • SLEEPING BAG (compact and warm)
  • SLEEPING PAD (compact: must fit in the bag described above)
  • LIGHT, LOW-PROFILE TENT (backpacker style, not bulky, heavy, or high profile)
  • PONCHO/RAIN SUIT (high quality, comfortable for riding)
  • BIKE (personal bikes must be in good repair)
  • HELMET (required—no exceptions—ANSI or SNELL approved)

You can rent most of the items listed above in our Rental Sleeping Kit. We offer two varieties: our basic sleeping kit, which consists of a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, small pillow, rain gear, & plastic mug for $50.00, or the same basic sleeping kit plus a spacious two-person tent for $75.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Water bottles & plastic mugs are available for purchase in our store in Green River. Water bottles are only included with BIKE rental.

Holiday rental bikes with helmets are available for $205.00/bike. If your personal bike fails to meet our minimum safety standards we will ask you to rent a Holiday bike. Bike rentals include a water bottle. Holiday rental bikes come with platform pedals only. If you have clipless shoes you must bring your own pedals.

RECOMMENDED CAMP CLOTHING & GEAR

  • PADDED BIKE SHORTS
  • BIKE GLOVES
  • HYDRATION PACK AND/OR *WATER BOTTLES (you should be able to carry 2–3 liters while biking)
  • TUBE PATCH KIT
  • SPARE BIKE TUBE (Mr. Tuffy/Kevlar thorn strips are nice)
  • *SHIRT(S): short-sleeved (i.e., T-shirts or bike jerseys)
  • *SHIRT(S): long-sleeved for sun protection
  • SHORTS quick drying
  • LONG PANTS: quick-dry for sun protection; warm/comfy for night time
  • SHOES: one pair for biking, one pair for camp/hiking (i.e., durable sneakers or light-weight hiking boots)
  • *HAT: for sun protection, with chin strap
  • *SUNGLASSES: with retaining strap
  • SOCKS: cotton and/or synthetic or wool
  • UNDERWEAR
  • COMB or HAIRBRUSH
  • TAMPONS/ZIPLOC BAGS: 1 bag per day
  • WASHCLOTH
  • *TRAVEL TOWEL: quick drying
  • MEDICATIONS: aspirin/ibuprofen/acetaminophen, and/or personal prescriptions
  • *SUNSCREEN: SPF 15 or higher (Pro tip! If you bring spray sunscreen, please be considerate of your fellow guests and guides and do not spray it where others can breathe it in.)
  • *CHAPSTICK: with sunscreen
  • HAND LOTION: non-fragrant
  • *BIODEGRADABLE SOAP: available at outdoor specialty stores (Dr. Bronner’s, Campsuds, or Ivory soap)
  • TOOTHBRUSH/PASTE
  • TISSUES: small travel pack
  • WET WIPES
  • STUFF SACK to organize inside of large duffel or keep wet/dry clothes separated (i.e., pillow case or plastic bag)
  • INSECT REPELLENT: DEET works best (Pro tip! Bring lightweight, long-sleeved pants and shirts and spray the repellent on the clothing instead of your skin. Sarongs are also great for keeping bugs off your head and shoulders.)
  • WARM JACKET: fleece-lined or insulated with wind/rain-resistant shell
  • *FLASHLIGHT or HEADLAMP WITH RED LIGHT SETTING: small with extra batteries (Pro tip! Our eyes are remarkably adapted to see in the dark, but white LED lights wreck that night vision and make it harder for you and everyone else to see the stars. Red lights preserve night vision and attract fewer bugs.)

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • WARM LAYERS: long underwear tops and bottoms (wool or synthetic), especially for early- or late-season trips
  • CAMERA (at your own risk), extra memory cards, batteries, and a protective case
  • BINOCULARS (at your own risk)
  • GROUND CLOTH: for sleeping under the stars.
  • GEL BIKE SEAT or GEL SEAT COVER
  • CHAMOIS CREAM (highly recommended)
  • EXTRA BEVERAGES (no glass please): liquor, boxed wine, canned beer, specialty pop, juice, etc. Labeling individual cans makes it easy for us to find your drinks after we pack them in our coolers. (Pro tip! Plan to buy your beer, liquor, or wine BEFORE arriving in Green River. The liquor store in town has an extremely limited selection (and no wine) and irregular hours. Some beer can usually be purchased at convenience and grocery stores.)
  • EXTRA SNACKS: for small children and people with diabetes

THINGS NOT TO BRING ON YOUR TRIP: glass-bottled beverages, radios, speakers, firearms, pets, and large amounts of cash beyond what you’ll want for your guide’s gratuity. Do not bring expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics (i.e., cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.). If you do choose to bring a cell phone for taking pictures, we strongly suggest getting a waterproof/shockproof case and putting it in airplane mode to save battery. WARNING: In the event of a loss—regardless of fault—our insurance will not cover these expensive items. If you do decide to bring any of the above items along with you to the meeting point for your trip, the most secure location to leave them behind would be at your hotel in their safe or locked up in the trunk of your vehicle. As a last resort we have a non-secure location at our headquarters, but we cannot assume responsibility for these items.

EARLY OR LATE SEASONS SUPPLEMENTS (April–June and September–October on all trips)

  • *WARM STOCKING CAP: wool or synthetic
  • WARM GLOVES: lightweight, wool, or synthetic (waterproof is a plus)
  • INSULATED RIDING TIGHTS for cold-weather biking
  • INSULATED OUTERWEAR: warm/water-resistant jacket and pants
  • LONG UNDERWEAR: tops and bottoms, medium weight, wool or synthetic (fleece)

There is a greater chance of inclement weather on early and late season trips, but a well-prepared biker will still be able to appreciate the many advantages of these trips. Having the right clothing is essential. Wool, fleece, Capilene, and Smartwool are natural and synthetic fabrics that retain their ability to insulate when wet (please note: cotton will not keep you warm when it is wet). Adding to these inner layers with good rain- and wind-resistant jackets and pants will keep you warm, dry, and, most importantly, happy. Your comfort on the trip starts with finding the right type of synthetic under- and outerwear and quality rain gear. We recommend evo.com for your additional bike trip needs. They offer a wide variety of gear to help you dress for success while on your bike trip. A prepared traveler is a happy traveler. Some items can be purchased from Holiday’s online store or at evo.com.

* = last-minute items you can buy at our Green River headquarters, the meeting point for our White Rim, Maze, La Sal, Moab Sampler, and San Rafael Swell trips.