How to Pack for a 3-Day Trip on Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail

How to Pack for a 3-Day Trip on Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail

May. 29, 2018

Looking to make your next biking trip adventure on Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail?

Did you know that the Iron Horse trail has mostly remained in its natural state since 1920? The trail’s unique character is great for a nature adventure full of sights and challenging terrain.

Packing for a bike trip can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re travelling with a group or are new to the sport. To help you prepare, here’s a quick guide that will teach you how to pack for a 3-day Iron Horse bike riding trip!

1. Clothing

A few different sets of clothing is a must for a 3-day biking trip. Consider quick-drying, breathable materials such as spandex, nylon, and polyester that are brightly coloured for easy visibility.

Here’s a quick list of clothing necessities to help you get started:

  • 2 pairs of cycling shorts
  • Tank tops – Especially if the weather gets hot
  • 3-5 T-shirts – avoid cotton!
  • A windbreaker
  • Leggings or tights
  • A pair of loose fitting pants
  • 2-3 pairs of socks and underwear
  • Gloves
  • Rain gear – In case of in inclement weather

If you feel you’re overpacking after checking out this list, just look at the weather forecast a few days before your trip and adjust accordingly.

2. Gear for Your Bike

While you don’t want to be weighed down with tools and spare parts, a few basic items that will help take care of your bike are important to have on hand.

Consider bringing along a pocket-sized multitool with a screwdriver, pocket knife, and Allen wrenches. Additionally, an air pump and two replacement tire inner tubes can come in handy in case of a flat tire.

3. Camping Gear

A 3-day Alberta bike riding adventure on the Iron Horse Trail is even more exciting once you realize that you’ll be camping, too!

Because a bike tour is a tiring endeavour, an air mattress or comfortable sleeping pad and sleeping bag will be your best friend when it’s time to hit the hay. Don’t forget to bring along a sturdy tent and flashlights, too.

4. Food

What fun would camping be without food? If you don’t plan to stop to eat on the Iron Horse Trail, be sure to pack essentials like a lighter, alcohol camping stoves, and pots and cups.

Remember that there are bears in our region, so try to pack food that is freeze-dried and air-tight and if you’ve got a bear-proof container this is a great idea to store food (or any other items with a strong odour, such as toothpaste).

5. Electronics and Other Necessities

While electronics might not be the first thing on your mind when getting out in nature, a few items may be useful.

For example, a solar charger can be useful for keeping your phone (and camera) powered up for photos. But pack electronics based on your own preference.

As for other necessities, don’t forget toiletries, bear spray and a first aid kit!

Are You Prepared to Conquer This Alberta Biking Trail?

With these 5 aspects of your packing list taken care of, you’ll be all set to embark on your Iron Horse biking trail adventure.

Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail is a wondrous natural environment that’s perfect for a spring or summer adventure.

Have questions or need help planning your trip? Send us a message and we’ll be happy to help!

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