Local road trips and holidays are on the up, and with our beautiful scenery, cultural history and unique flora, biking holidays and exploring on two wheels are fast becoming a popular choice as a way for families to enjoy the great outdoors together.
Once you’ve done the research and found the perfect destination for your next family bike vacation, the hardest part is out the way. Next is to line up all your family’s gear and get packing!
Packing for your bike adventure
It starts with the helmets, rain jackets, shoes and then, next thing you know, you’ve packed way too many outfits and loads of stuff that your kids will never need. Let’s be honest, packing for a week away or just one night with your family often means the same number of bags.
Fortunately, the team from Thule is here to help trim down your packing list and, more importantly, make a checklist that’s right for your family.
Start with a duffel for essentials. A bike trip can go downhill fast – and not in a good way – by forgetting to pack helmets and riding gear. Stick to the basics and set aside one go-to duffel for all the gear you can’t live without.
Then you can use other bags, like rolling suitcases or backpacks, for clothes, shoes, and activities for the kids. But you can’t have a great bike trip without the essentials, so find a spacious, durable duffel bag to store all your must-have items.
Giving the kids a great ride
When you’re away with your family, making sure you can explore everything on your list means pedalling for plenty of miles. For the little ones, just coming along for the ride can be fun for them and you’ll be happy knowing they are safe, cosy and not missing a moment while riding around in a new place. A multisport bike trailer is the perfect addition to any young family’s vacation with bikes and is the best way to ensure you see all the sights with the kids on board. They will be happy and comfy in their spacious cockpit … plenty of windows, pockets for snacks, and a five-point harness to keep them safe. Bonus … some trailers conveniently convert from a bike trailer to a stroller, perfect for when you reach your destination.
An alternative is to invest in a good child bike seat that will allow you and your treasured cargo an opportunity to enjoy the everyday bike rides – safely, easily and in style. With front and rear seats available, it’s a great choice for letting your child see the world from your bike.
A good pack is not only a great way to stay hydrated, but it’s also an easy way to carry many of the essential items on this list. A hip belt is also a really convenient way to access phones safely and is added storage for essential tools or nutrition.
Most importantly … getting the bikes there!
The final step on the packing list is the most important and the one thing you really can’t do without on the trip. The bikes, of course! But before you just strap any bike rack to your trunk, you need to choose the correct bike rack for your car and your requirements. From hitch-mounted bike racks that tilt out of the way for easy access to your trunk to easy-to-use platform racks that grab onto the wheels for simple loading and unloading, there is bound to be a perfect option for you and your family.
The new Thule OutWay 2 and 3 Bike Carriers are premium rear-door mounted bike racks (no tow bar required) for an easy getaway. These carriers can be mounted to a variety of vehicles and not only do they lock to your vehicle, they also include locks that lock your bike to the rack. There has also been a huge growth in sales of e-bikes for those who want to enjoy biking without doing too much hard work.
The Thule EasyFold XT Bike Rack (now also available in a black version) is a fully foldable, compact, and easy-to-use towbar-mounted bike rack for all types of bikes, including e-bikes. No matter how far away you plan to take that next bike vacation, making sure your bikes make it to and from your destination safely is the only way you can drive with confidence, knowing you and your family are on the perfect trip!
Compiled by: KYM ARGO