5 Tips For Having a Great Motorcycle Camping Experience

Going camping is great. Going motorcycle camping…well, that’s about 1000x better.
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is something that doesn’t happen often enough for most people. Adding the adventure of doing it while on a motorcycle makes everything that much more thrilling.

However, even the most magnificent things can turn out bad if you aren’t prepared.

Check out these quick motorcycle camping tips to ensure you have an excellent time getting close to nature while on your motorcycle.

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“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”

– Stacy Westfall


Tip #1: Pack Securely

You may not necessarily need luggage racks, but make it a point to double, and even triple check that everything you packed on your bike is secure. If you’re traveling a long distance, this is especially important. You don’t want to lose any essential camping gear due to improper securing.

Tip #2: Bring Friends!

Nobody likes camping alone (well, most people anyway). Make the moto-camping adventure a group outing. Having multiple people not only makes it more fun, but it gives you the opportunity to spread the burden of luggage across more bikes.

If you’re not traveling far and you have space, you can even think about bringing your dog along!

There are plenty of motorcycle friendly pet carriers that will allow you to safely bring your pet along for the ride.

Tip #3: Bring a Liquid Fueled Camping Stove

These are more reliable, easy to use, take up less space than other types of grills, and some models can even use gasoline as fuel.

This is useful just by the nature of the fact that you can exchange fuel between your bike and your grill, depending on the needs of your trip.

If you decide to splash out on this MSR Dragonfly Camping Stove you’ll be supporting Motowitch Collective and helping us to keep the lights on.

Tip #4: Get Food Once You Get There

Don’t worry about using your valuable packing space on food. While it may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, most campsites are close enough to a store that you’ll be able to stock up on food once you’ve already unloaded all of your camping gear.

This also gives you the opportunity to explore local food spots in the area around your campsite, which adds to the adventure of your trip.

Tip #5: Pack Basic Tools & Survival Gear

If you’re going somewhere remote, or even just somewhere far from home, you don’t want to risk your trip being ruined by your bike breaking down. Bring along a basic toolkit, and get acquainted with it. You should know how to fix fundamental problems with your bike before you go out on a multi-day trip.

As far as basic survival goes, it’s a good idea to bring a rope, a fire starter, and even a lifestraw. These things don’t take up much space but can be a real lifesaver if you get yourself into a bad situation.

Closing Thoughts

Remember, moto-camping is FUN! Don’t over think it, but make sure you’re prepared. While you’re out on your trip, try to disconnect from your normal day to day life and enjoy your time out in nature.

One last special Motorcycle camping tip from the Motowitch Crew:

Whether your camping spot has signal or not, switch those devices to Airplane Mode for a bit. The headspace and peace will be mind-blowing.


Looking for more motorcycle travel inspiration?

Check out the Motowitch Chronicles Motorcycle Podcast for interviews with some incredible women who have mastered the fine art of overlanding and motorcycle camping around the world.

Do you have some motorcycle camping tips of your own?

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1 Comment

  1. Jimmy Cruze

    With regards to packing securely, it is good to note that you should use cinch straps instead of bungee cords to secure your gear. Bungees can stretch under the load of an evasive maneuver which can cause an even bigger problem. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!


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