Gear Forward shipping your excess camping gear and luggage to RAGBRAI

How does GEAR Forward work ?   click here for details

Container and Contents

We recommend a durable, 17 - 23 gallon size storage tub.

You may ship your camping gear, extra bike parts, bike tools or any extras you may need for the tour.
Please note this gear must fit into a durable, plastic storage tub as noted in the photo below.

Click here for restrictions on what you can ship

Restrictions on what you can ship

Please verify that your shipment(s) do not contain any dangerous or regulated items listed on FedEx’s list of dangerous goods.

This list includes:
aerosol sprays, airbags, alcohol, liquor, beer, ammunition, butane, car batteries, chemicals (some), cologne, dry ice, fireworks, gasoline, jet fuel, lighters, nail polish, nail polish remover, nitrogen-refrigerated liquid, paint and perfume.

This list is subject to change without notice. If you are not sure whether an item is considered dangerous or is regulated, contact the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) at 800-467-4922.


Receiving and Attaching your shipping label to your container

  You will receive your labels via E-MAIL
  • Print two (2) copies of the label and secure one (1) inside the tub for identification should label come off in transit; tape the copy to the inside of the container’s wall.
  • Tape the label in center of the lid of the tub.
  • Tape with clear packing tape once horizontally around entire tub; and once vertically around entire tub (as shown in picture above).

Attaching your shipping label to your container

Failure to secure your shipping label properly will void your insurance! If items are lost because the label fell off we will do everything possible to locate the item. Ultimately we are not responsible for loss due to improper shipping label attachment.

Picking Up Gear Forward at beginning of RAGBRAI

Gear Forward, Luggage and Bikes will be available for pick up on the day of registration and packet pick up.
HCS will be on site early in the morning to distribute bikes. Look for our banner and tent.

Dropping Off Gear Forward at the completion of RAGBRAI

Gear Forward containers, Luggage and Bike Boxes/Cases will be at the finish line of RAGBRAI. Look for our banner and tent.