Vietnam cycling trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Vietnam cycling trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings eating and relaxing, too.

Travel essentials

Make sure to bring these documents and must-haves:

  • Passport (should be valid for at least six months from start of trip, with photocopies)
  • Travel visa (for all countries visited that require them, with photocopies)
  • Vaccination certificates (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Sufficient medical and travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Critical medication
  • Credit and debit cards
  • The local currency in various denominations
  • Itinerary, ticket and reservation info

Luggage and organization

We recommend that you try to pack lightly because you’ll be carrying your own luggage; by lightly, we mean between 10–15kg (22–30lb.). We try not to walk more than 15–20 minutes at a time with luggage. Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag (not giant ones) as they need to fit with you in buses or on trains.

Cycling gear

Bikes will be provided on the trip, so no need to worry about packing along your ride.


From November to February, the weather can be cold, so pack along warm clothing. From May to October, it’s the wet season, so waterproof layers are a must. In all seasons, choose quick-drying synthetic or merino wool clothing that is lightweight, wicks moisture and won’t wrinkle in your pack. Leave the cotton at home.


travel gear and personal care

Optional travel items