Traveling Tips and Tricks
One of the best things about riding is taking your trusty steed and packing up for great adventures with friends. Whether it is a short hour ride or your heading a week journey being prepared is essential for the what ifs and unexpected events on the road. We compiled a list of items needed when heading out for adventure, and as seasoned travellers we are always learning something new so feel free to share any ideas you implimented on your packing!
Saddle Bag Essentials:
A well packed saddle bag is important, and often times a rider will keep these things in her bag all the time regardless of where they are riding.
First Aid Kit
Bungee cords and Netting
Change of clothes in case you get stuck
Rain Gear including rain proof bags
Duct tape (fixes everything)
Toiletries like soap, shampoo, toothbrush etc.
Plastic bags (small)
Extra gloves (include a few latex ones too)
Emergency cash stash, at least $20.
Bug spray and suntan lotion
Those are some basics, but they come in handy more than you know. Your bike should also be equipped with a tool kit, if it isn't be sure to add it to your arsenal.
Camping on a motorcycle
One of the more exciting
aspects of riding is camping
with your bike. As your limited
to what you can bring, careful
planning is very important.
Traveling with a group will also
allow you to share the space of
what to carry, which can help
lighten your load.
Tent: Ideally your tent should be small and light enough to bring. We recommend using tents designed for backpacking as they are typically lighter, easy to set up and compact. If you are fortunate enough to have a larger touring bike getting a larger tent should be no issue. Below is an example of two tents, the blue is a 4 person tent, while the green one is a two person tent. Also be sure that your tent comes
with a footprint or a tarp for the tent to rest on.
Sleeping Bag and Mats:
Your sleeping bag should be warm enough for chiller
climates while still being small enough to carry on a
bike. Backpacking sleeping bags come with
compression bags to make it even smaller.
Sleeping mats will ensure a restful night on air, and
can be as small as a water bottle! Most of them self inflate, but be prepared to breathe some life into it as well! Also add an inflatable pillow, small and easy to pack!
DON'T OVER PACK your clothes! typically for a 4 to 5-day ride we recommend:
1 pair of jeans 2 tshirts Socks Towel
2 leggings 1 long sleeve shirt night shirt if needed Extra Blanket
undies 1 sweatshirt or jacket bathing suit
Now, I typically do not pack food other than bringing a few road snacks of nuts, jerky and water ( HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Contigo available at walmart) because I usually get food to go. However some of my riding friends enjoy cooking at the campfire or stove so here is a few good suggestions.
Camping stove (compact) uses a small propane tank and boils water within a minute. A wonderful addition to have and since its compact it is easy to pack. Typically costs around 50.00 but it is the best 50.00 your going to spend.
Freeze dried food : Ok, I know what your thinking. I thought the same thing, freeze dried NO WAY am I going to eat that. Trust me though, these portable feasts are not only easy to pack and prepare, but they have a long shelf life and actually tastes good! I was a doubter but swear by them now. They can be bought in Walmart or any outdoor speciality store.
Utensil or mess kit, collapsable water bottles, seasonings, sugar, mini creamers, freeze dried instant coffee (try Starbucks, amazing coffee!) are things you can also add to your packlist.
Things you don't think of but should:
Toilet paper. There are some campsites that DO NOT provide this very basic need, better to have than have not!
Wet wipes are always a good idea.
Extra bandanas (they are more useful than just making you look like a badass)
Waterproof matches or lighter
Portable chargers- although most places have electricity available, one of these can make the difference in case of an emergency.
Head Lamp- comes in handy when gathering wood at night.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON HOW TO TAKE MEDS THAT REQUIRE REFRIDGERATION
I am diabetic and my medication needs to be refridgerated. For obvious reasons toting a cooler on a bike is not ideal, however you can carry your meds in a Contigo cup! I buy those disposable ice packs that activate when you break it, and wrap it around my meds, stuffing it into a my contigo and Im all done! I buy enough to last me the trip, and the contigo can keep it cold up to 24 hours. You can read more about these in the Recommended Products Page