What to Pack for Motorcycle Camping; The Ultimate Check List
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With this in mind, I asked the ladies of the “Women Riders World Relay” Facebook group to share their top tips for packing when motorcycle camping. These motorcycle women have embarked on significant journeys and have bucket loads of wisdom to share.
This is what they had to say. (Be sure to read to the end to pick up your free download)
says: “A roll of toilet paper. Underestimated but sometimes the most precious thing you have 🤣”
(N.B. I carry mine in a
says: “I don’t like camping, so I book hotels
- Tyre Repair kit
- Tools adapted to the bike
- Pocket knife, first aid kit
- Wet wipe in a
ziplocto clean the helmet visor anytime.
- Wipes to clean my hands
- A pillow (because in some
airbnbor hotel it’s not great)
- 2 or 3 pair of gloves
- Additional battery for all electronic devices.
- Paper maps
- Vacuum bag to pack and gain space
Cheryl Smith- Woodsom
“Packed in my blue dry bag;
- camping cot(
- camping chair
20 degreesleeping bag(not sure of the brand)
- sleeping bag liner(Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme)
- camping pillow (Trekology ultralight)
Packed in my side
Percolater whisperlightbackpacking stove
- 2 coffee mugs
- lavender essential oil as it is great for immediate relief from any kind of bug bite or burns including sunburns.
- An extra battery for my key fob,
- sunscreen and moisturizer in a stick form,
- Extra bungee cords and zip ties,
- spare fuses,
- clear glasses,
- yellow glasses,
- walking shoes and sandals,
- bug repellent,
- my HOG insurance card,
- my pink Himalayan salt,
- Beef jerky and almonds,
Oh, and if it’s a long trip with a lot of friends, I also carry my:
- protein powder mix,
- tequila, triple sec, and
- margarita mix!! 😂😂.
- Bee Sting Cream
- Wet wipes
- Puncture repair kit
- First aid kit.
- Pocket knife,
- duct tape,
- cable ties
- Solar touch.
- Phone charge device connected to bike.
- Sleeping Bag
- Self Inflating Mattress
- Collapsable Gas Cooker
- 1 pot that doubles as your plate
- Collapsable Knife, fork + spoon
- A Camping Clothes Line
- Wet Gear
- Visor Cleaner
- Togs and Towel
Ella van Raders
- Two dishcloths in a plastic bag –
- wet one on the inside,
- dry one on the outside. This way you can always clean and dry things – for
- Phone charger battery charged by the bike.
- Life proof case for
- WikiCamps and FuelMap
- Chain Lube
- Lightweight camping chair
Packed in the large pannier 6kg:
Packed in the Small Pannier/Exhaust side 6.5kg:
Packed in the Top box:
Tied onto the motorcycle:
Packed in the 70L dry bag:
Packed in the 25L dry bag:
Packed in the Tank bag:
In my motorcycle jacket:
I make sure to balance my loads on each side of the bike. Keeps my tire wear a bit more even and helps maintain balance.
Here and there, I pick up fresh foods from local groceries, or farmers markets, to keep things healthy. 3 months on the road can make food options tough, hence the reason I carry dehydrated meals. I’m also a type 1 diabetic, trying to keep meds cool while on the road. This spring I added the insulated pack to maintain meds under 60 degrees. It’s a chore, but has worked so far.”
Remember, take the climate/weather into account and how long you’re going for! Don’t stress. Make sure you’re prepared but know that you can pick up things along the way if you really need them, depending on where your adventure takes you.
There is no “one list to fit all” as each of our needs differ depending on weather, length of trip, location etc. You may be traveling somewhere with extreme heat or to a place where rain or snow is an issue. We hope that these tips, shared by the wonderful women of the Women Riders World Relay have helped you narrow down the essentials for your next motorcycle camping trip.
One last packing tip when camping with your motorcycle from the Motowitch Crew:
When you pack your clothes, separate them into XL Ziploc bags. One for tops, one for pants, one for socks etc…
Squeeze all the air out of them to vacuum pack and reduce the size of the bag. Use a sharpie to label each one, this way you’ll have a much easier time finding what you need without losing things on the road.
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