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Top 10 Items for a Family Cycling Tour – Kids Packing List

Kids Packing List
Written by Stuart Wickes

Top 10 Items for Family Cycling Tour

So I saw this post on Twitter, Top 10 Most Important Items on a Bike Tour and it got me wondering what would our kids list would look like? So I asked them.

“Boys, what would be your top ten items for a happy family cycling tour?”

They sat quietly on their own for ten minutes (making the exercise worthwhile in itself) and scribbled their top 10 lists. No discussion, no consultation, no copying.

And here is what they said.

Panniers and packing for a bike tour

Panniers and packing for a bike tour

A seven year old’s cycle touring packing list

First the younger one (age 7)

  1. Sweets
  2. Money
  3. Gelli baff
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Toys
  6. Nintendo DS
  7. Mini pen-knife and torch
  8. Books
  9. Blankets, dressing gown and pillow
  10. Puncture kit

An eight year old’s cycle touring packing list

And then the older one (age 8 and a half)

  1. Sweets
  2. Money
  3. No baths
  4. Rounders set
  5. Toys
  6. MP3
  7. Books
  8. Thermarests for bouncy fun
  9. Sleeping bag and tent (hide and seek)
  10. Pens and paper

There’s seems to be a strong consensus about the importance of sweets and money. Should I be worried?

Adventure Gifts for Kids

If you want to get your kids kitted up for cycling and other adventures, do check out our guide to little adventure gifts for kids. With ideas for toddlers, tweens and teens. And no sweets, I promise.

Packing Tips for Kids

And if you want to teach your kids a few good packing habits, do check out this post on Teaching Kids the Art of Packing, with a great fun video.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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