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What to Pack for Motorcycle Camping; The Ultimate Check List

It’s been a great Summer of adventure here at Motowitch. With so many places to explore we’ve been putting our Motorcycle Camping Checklist to good use.
We will never tire of the excitement when passing fellow moto-travelers on the road. Many of which also have luggage strapped to their rides. We found ourselves wondering what these other riders pack for motorcycle camping.
 
In our last post we shared 5 tips for having the best moto-camping experience. Let’s delve deeper and see what gear will make it even even better.

 

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“Seek Adventure, then open your mind.”

“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of”

 

WHAT THE WRWR LADIES PACK FOR MOTORCYCLE CAMPING

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)

Smiling Woman sitting on her motorcycle in garage sharing tips on what to pack when motorcycle camping

Adele Grizz

says: “A swag! Warm sleeping good times. Also a little torch 🔦 and battery pack for my phone and iPad.” @grizzleh on Instagram

Taku Nieminen

says: “I pack a Leatherman LT730B MUT EOD Black Multi Tool
, cable ties, duct tape, inflatable pillow, wool socks, mug, safety pins…”
Female motorcycle rider during women riders world relay

Livi Pivi

says: “A roll of toilet paper. Underestimated but sometimes the most precious thing you have 🤣”

(N.B. I carry mine in a ziploc bag to keep it dry – Kojii)

 

Linda Mathisen

says: “Pack lightly, only the essentials. Have everything packed in plastic bags to keep it dry. Toilet paper is a must. Bring some extra tools so that you can quickly fix your bike. Tire repair spray, cable ties, duct tape.”

Donna Marie-Waipouri

says: “A Shampoo & Conditioner bar takes up less room. You don’t have to worry about a shampoo bottle leaking.”

Priscilla Cota

says: “All the basics mentioned above, tent, sleeping bag, etc.
An item that I love to carry is my camp chair. It folds up pretty small. It’s worth carrying it because after a long day of riding it’s the best thing ever. @moto_adv_kitty on Instagram:
 

Céline FL

says: “I don’t like camping, so I book hotels or  airbnb on road trips. But I still need to pack 🙂

  • Tyre Repair kit
  • Tools adapted to the bike
  • Pocket knife, first aid kit
  • Wet wipe in a ziploc to clean the helmet visor anytime.
  • Wipes to clean my hands
  • A pillow (because in some airbnb or 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

Une Speed au cap nord on Facebook

@graal.girl.fr on Instagram

 

 

Cheryl Smith- Woodsom

says:

“Packed in my blue dry bag;

  • camping cot(kelty)
  • camping chair
  • 20 degree sleeping bag(not sure of the brand)
  • sleeping bag liner(Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme)
  • camping pillow (Trekology ultralight)

Packed in my side bag;

  • Coffee Percolater
  • whisperlight backpacking stove
  • coffee
  • 2 coffee mugs
  • food

Wendy Funk

says: “Most of the things have been listed already but a couple things that I also always carry are:
  • 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,
  • earplugs,
  • sunglasses,
  • clear glasses,
  • yellow glasses,
  • walking shoes and sandals,
  • bug repellent,
  • my HOG insurance card,
  • maps,
  • my pink Himalayan salt,
  • Beef jerky and almonds,
  • superglue.

Oh, and if it’s a long trip with a lot of friends, I also carry my:

  • Nutribullet,
  • protein powder mix,
  • tequila, triple sec, and
  • margarita mix!! 😂😂.
This ensures that I never get voted off the island.

 

Karen Graham

From New Zealand says:
“This is exactly what I take on my camping trips on my bike… I even travel Solo.
  • Bee Sting Cream
  • Wet wipes
  • Water proof bags
  • Tyre presure gauge
  • Puncture repair kit
  • First aid kit.
  • Pocket knife,
  • duct tape,
  • cable ties
  • Lighter.
  • Solar touch.
  • Phone charge device connected to bike.

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Self Inflating Mattress
  • Water
  • Collapsable Gas Cooker
  • 1 pot that doubles as your plate
  • Collapsable Knife, fork + spoon
  • A Camping Clothes Line
  • Thermals
  • Wet Gear
  • Visor Cleaner
  • Togs and Towel
  • Light weight tent

Ella van Raders

says:
“Many of the things already mentioned. Plus
  • 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 example the visor.
  • Phone charger battery charged by the bike.
  • Life proof case for phone.
  • WikiCamps and FuelMap
  • Chain Lube
  • Lightweight camping chair

Johanna Noble-Govaars

says:

“My lists are huge. In actuality, I pack light. But I had all this on the road with me when I brought the Women Riders World Relay Ripple to Alaska. I’ve used the same set up to travel for three months.
 

Packed in the large pannier 6kg:

1 short sleeve
2 long sleeve base layers,
1 long sleeve medium layer,
three pairs of leggings,
3 pairs of compression socks,
1 pair short socks,
6 pairs underwear.
Colombia winter jacket.
1 pair shower shoes,
Camp towel.
1 pair hiking boots,
Toiletries. “Hazel kit”
 

Packed in the Small Pannier/Exhaust side 6.5kg:

Battery jump pack,
First aid kit,
Tools appropriate for my bike.
An extra inner tube.
Warm gloves,
Surgical gloves,
Chain lube,
12M. para cord,
Zip ties,
Grease,
Small stash duct tape,
Electrical tape.
1 surgical drape.

Packed in the Top box:

two months medication,
including insulated pack to store injections.
10 dehydrated meals,
1 alcohol camp stove (jet boil),
1 spork,
lighter.
Toilet Paper + Moist towelettes.
 

Tied onto the motorcycle:

1 1L hydro flask.
Solar power lamp.
 

Packed in the 70L dry bag:

Sleeping bag,
Inflatable camp pad,
Full sized pillow,
Winter bag liner.
 

Packed in the 25L dry bag:

2.5 man Tent,
Tarp,
Stakes.
 

Packed in the Tank bag:

Maps,
Lip balm,
Ball cap,
Power cords and adapters,
Sunglasses,
Sharpie,
Pen,
Battery pack.
Head lamp. Eye liner, mascara. Yeah, I have that with me.

In my motorcycle jacket:

Plastic ziplock with extra copy of ID and bike paperwork. Kept in my back armor pocket. I wear gortex gear so no need for additional rain gear.
 

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.”

@BlackHeartedRider on Instagram

Finally

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.

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.

We bag everything from clothes, to charging cables, toiletries. Last but not lease; don’t forget to pack your comfy clothes last! You’ll want to grab those easily when you arrive at your destination.

 

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?
Chime in and share your wisdom in the comments below.
 

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