Top 10 Essentials for an Enjoyable Motorcycle Camping Trip

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  • Author Jimmy Cruze
  • Published December 1, 2019
  • Word count 770

Motorcycle camping has become increasingly popular today – and for good reasons.

Busy schedules, tight deadlines, demanding career and so much more - life can be so stressful that the need for an avenue to release the built-in pressure is more important than ever. And, what better way to release pent-up stress than communing with nature with your two-wheel friend and have a breath of fresh air and experience the thrill of outdoor adventure?

So now that you are ready for a motorcycle camping adventure, here are 10 of the essential things you don’t want to forget before heading out to enjoy the wilderness and open road:

  1. High-Quality Tent Invest in quality motorcycle camping gear particularly in choosing a tent which will serve as your temporary shelter and protection from the elements. The good news is, there are already a myriad of quality and durable tent options available today that are lightweight and can be easily packed and also comes in a variety of sizes.
  2. Sleeping Bags and Mat that can be packed small and light A good sleeping bag is essential to keep you comfortable for the night. Go for sleeping bags that are rated at least 10°F - 15°F colder than what you expect to experience on your trip. Remember the temperature ratings are survival temps and will not be comfortable at the limits of its rating. Stay well within the limits of your bag to ensure a comfortable nights sleep.
  3. Food and Water Be sure to bring enough water supplies especially if it will be difficult to access water at your camping destination. A portable drinking water filter can eliminate the need to pack fresh water saving much needed weight and space. You also want to pack some MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) that can be prepared simply by adding hot or boiling water. Energy bars, beef jerky, coffee and other dry foods that are compact and lightweight are also a good choice.
  4. Flashlights or Torches With the size and weight of LED lights nowadays you can literally pack them everywhere. Keep one in your backpack, one on your keychain. You can even use a small string of battery powered LEDs to light your tent or campsite.
  5. Lightweight Outdoor Cookware and Eating Utensils This includes a portable cooking stove, pots, pans, plate, cup, and cutlery.
  6. Riding Gear and Clothing Ensure you have the proper riding gear and clothing that are suitable for the temperature and weather conditions you are likely to encounter.
  7. Basic Toiletries and First Aid Kit These are essential personal items – toothpaste, toothbrush, and soap. Don’t forget to bring along your maintenance medications (if you are taking any) as well as your specially prepared motorcycle first aid kit. Sanitizers, sun blocks and bug sprays are also must-haves for outdoor adventures.
  8. Tools These are essential handy tools such as a folding knife, motorcycle repair kit, and flexible repair adhesive such as seam grip.
  9. Navigation and Communication devices Cell phone, GPS, and a paper map just in case you can’t get a signal.
  10. Spare Key Unexpected stuff happens, so it’s best to be prepared always. Keep a spare key secured in your wallet or any secure place in case you lose your key while on the trip.

Tips When Packing Gear on a Motorbike

The weight of your gear matters the most when packing on a motorbike. Extra weight will increase stopping distance while at the same time decreasing maneuverability. This is exactly why you should choose lightweight motorcycle camping gear and pack as light as you can.

Keep these few things in mind when you are packing your motorcycle:

  1. Pack heavier items as low as possible, and be sure to secure them tightly so the weight will not shift when you stop or turn.
  2. See to it that the weight of your camping gear is evenly distributed on both sides of your motorbike.
  3. Use cinch straps or cam lock straps instead of bungee cords because they won’t stretch and come loose when braking or turning. Avoid dangling straps near any spinning bike parts. Avoid dangling straps near any spinning bike parts.
  4. Categorize your gear so it’s easier to load and unload. Separate the camping gear, clothing, toiletries and personal items. Make sure items you may need for a quick stop are easily accessible so you don’t have to unpack everything.
  5. Use waterproof saddlebags to separate your dry gear/items from the items that you don’t mind getting wet.

Following these simple rules and packing all of these essential items will help to make your motorcycle camping trip as enjoyable as possible. Remember to ride safe and Get out There!

Jimmy Cruze is a Motorcycle Camping enthusiast and hobby mechanic who loves sharing his passion for the great outdoors and helps to operate a website specializing in Motorcycle Camping Gear. Browse their fantastic selection at now!

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