Danube Cycling Tour Packing List: What You Need to Bring

Danube Cycling Tour Packing List: What You Need to Bring 2017-03-13T04:17:58+00:00

The Danube cycling route from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria,  is one of the most popular cycling routes in Europe and for good reason.  It’s inspired artwork since medieval times, is flat and perfect for beginners and it’s is your almost constant companion!

Danube Cycling Tour Packing List
day-hiking pack list: quick dry moisture wicking shirt

2 Quick-dry moisture-wicking shirts (1 short-sleeve and 1 long-sleeve)

day hiking packing list: lightweight fleece with hood

Lightweight fleece with hood or another warm layer. I love my Salomon one (similar to the one in the link) for its light weight and warmth.

Danube cycling tour packing list cycling helmet

Cycling helmet. Cycling helmets are not legally required, but we highly recommend wearing one at all times.

cycling gloves danube cycling packing list

Cycling gloves. Look for ones that are shock-absorbing, or with gel padding. They make a huge difference in preventing handlebar palsy, a painful condition where the ulnar nerve becomes compressed.

Danube cycling tour packing list padded cycling underwear

2 pairs of padded underwear (you can wear hiking pants over them). Alternatively, you can choose between padded hiking shorts or padded hiking pants. The choice is yours, but padding will help prevent saddle soreness.

Danube cycling tour packing list padded cycling shorts

1 pair of padded cycle shorts. You may/may not require these depending on the time of year that you are cycling the Danube, but I recommend them between mid-May to mid-September.

Danube cycling tour packing list padded cycling pants

1 pair of padded cycling pants. I would always bring a pair of cycling pants (or padded underwear with hiking pants), with me, even in summer, since temperatures can vary dramatically.

Danube cycling tour packing list waterproof paniers

2 Waterproof paniers. I recommend these even if you are having your luggage transported for you. They come in handy for carrying water, rain gear and extra layers. You won’t require 2 if you’re having your luggage transported, but I would still recommend two, just to stay balanced. If you are doing the tour on your own, two should be sufficient to carry your gear. That was all I used, and I had a laptop in mine as well.

Danube cycling tour packing list Puncture proof tires

Puncture proof tires These make a big difference over regular tires, and can result in you spending more time cycling, and less time on the sidelines fixing a puncture.

Danube cycling tour packing list cycle repair kit

Bike repair kit You only require this if you bring your own bike. If you do our tour, and rent a bike, we will provide a repair kit for you.

Danube cycling tour packing list cycle odometer

Cycle odometer You don’t technically need this, but it’s fun to monitor how far (and how fast) you’ve cycled.

Danube cycling tour packing list cycling shoes

Cycling shoes You can get away with regular running shoes as I did, but cycling shoes will be more comfortable. Note: I don’t recommend buying shoes online, as you need to try them on in person to ensure that you have the right fit.

Danube cycling tour packing list flipflops

Flip flops for wearing afterwards and for sightseeing. Part of what makes the Danube Cycling Tour so special, are all the sights so ensure that you have flip flops, or other comfortable shoes for sightseeing.

Danube cycling tour packing list cylcling atlas

Danube Bike Trail 2 (Passau to Vienna) Cycling Atlas. If you are doing our self-guided tour, we will provide you with a map, so this won’t be required. However, if you are doing this tour on your own, this is an excellent resource.

Day hiking packing list 2 litter water bladder

2- 3 litres of water. There are lots of towns and villages where you’ll be able to stop and get something to drink, but I recommend always having enough water with you.

Additional Notes on this Packing List

Although there are lots of restaurants along the way, I recommend having some nutritious snacks with you, since you may get hungry along stretches where there is nothing available. A typical day for us was a quick coffee stop in the morning, lunch in a restaurant, followed by another coffee and cake stop later in the afternoon!

Luggage Transfer
If you’re having your luggage transferred, which is included on our Danube Cycling Tour, please note that your luggage be left unattended at times. As a result, I would carry your valuables with you in your panniers.