Motorcycle Camping Checklist

Motorcycle camping
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” (attributed to Benjamin Franklin)

Use this as a baseline to get started. Add or remove items to suit. Once you’ve camped a few times, add your location on the bike for each item to the list, as putting items in the same location consistently will help you find things and set up camp. For instance, “TENT – left pannier.”

Read “Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour”

RIDING SUIT

HELMET

HELMET LINER (Winter)

BLUETOOTH HEADSET (Optional for use with your phone and other riders)

JACKET & PANTS (WITH WATERPROOF LINER OR RAIN SUIT IF REQUIRED)

HEATED JACKET & CONTROLLER (Winter)

COOL VEST (Summer)

GLOVES – SHORT (Warmer days and Summer)

GLOVES – LONG

GLOVES – HEATED (WINTER)

BOOTS

SOCKS (High for use with boots)

PHONE & WALLET

EAR PLUGS

SPARE DOCUMENTS

SPARE KEY

TISSUES

WALLET / PHONE

NECK GAITER

HYDRATON PACK

SUNGLASSES AND/OR READING GLASSES

WHISTLE, MIRROR, EYE DROPS, MATCHES (kept in jacket)

CLOTHING

LOW SOCKS

CAMP SHOES / SANDALS

UNDERWEAR

T-SHIRTS

LONG SLEEVE CAMPING SHIRT

CONVERTIBLE PANTS /SHORTS

LIGHTWEIGHT RAIN PARKA (for walking around; depends on riding jacket / rain suit)

CAMP HAT

BATHING SUIT (SUMMER)

WOOL BEANIE

QUILTED NYLON JACKET

GLOVES (REGULAR) (FALL THROUGH SPRING)

SHOWER FLIP-FLOPS

CAMPING EQUIPMENT

SLEEPING BAG

SLEEPING BAG LINER / BLANKET (SEASON AND ELEVATION)

INFLATABLE MATTRESS (optional with cot, but insulates when used with cot)

COT (luxury item if you have room)

CAMP PILLOW (alternate is a small pillow case stuffed with down jacket, clothing)

TENT WITH SPARE STAKES

GROUND CLOTH

FOLDING CHAIR (mot mandatory, but nearly so)

FLASHLIGHT, SMALL LED LANTERN, & HEADLAMP

STOVE AND FUEL

MESS KIT AND UTENSILS

CAN OPENER & BOTTLE OPENER

CUTTING BOARD

FOOD / COFFEE /TEA / SPICES

HAND / FOOT WARMERS (air activated chemical packs)

COMPASS AND MAPS

FOLDING SAW & HATCHET (For gathering firewood and pounding tent stakes – optional)

SHOVEL (Small)

CLOTHESLINE (optional high strength and a pulley or two for recovery)

DUST PAN

LIGHTER & MATCHES

FIRE STARTER BLOCKS (or Fritos)

EXTRA ROK STRAPS (for picking up firewood or food close to camp)

PERSONAL

SPARE DOCUMENTS (SECOND SET)

TOILETRIES KIT (TOOTHBRUSH / FLOSS / COMB / SOAP/ NAIL CLIPPER / NAIL FILE)

LAUNDRY DETERGENT AND SINK STOPPER

CAMP TOWEL

TISSUES / TOILET PAPER

PREMOISTENED TOWELLETTS

ASPRIN / IBUPROFEN

PRESCRIPTION MEDS (if any)

FIRST AID KIT

SUNSCREEN

INSECT REPELLENT & MOSQUITO NETTING

MOTORCYCLE

TOOL KIT (VARIES BY BIKE- be sure to include a good knife and multi-tool such as a Leatherman)

SPARE TUBES OR PATCH/PLUG KIT

AIR COMPRESSOR OR CO2 CARTRIDGES

MICROFIBER CLOTH

SPARE BULBS / FUSES

JUMPER CABLES

SIPHON TUBE

TIRE CHANGING CLOTH

ELECTRONICS

SPOT OR INREACH for emergency SOS (with two-way texting ability is desirable)

SPARE BATTERIES AND/OR SOLAR CHARGER FOR ALL LIGHTS AND ELECTRONICS

CAMERA WITH SPARE MEMORY CARDS

POCKET TRIPOD

GPS

PHONE AND CAMERA CHARGING CABLES

USB CHARGER COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR BIKE’S ACCESSORY PLUG

120 VOLT USB AND CAMERA CHARGERS

Read “Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Hello,
    I enjoyed the article about getting started on your first bike tour and camping trip. I have a new Yamaha FJ-9 (900) and want to go on a trip like that one day, to the Smokies, etc. But where did you camp on your trips? I mean is there some list somewhere of designated camping spots? Or did you just find a likely spot, park your bike, and set up camp? But aren’t places like that on private property, etc.?
    Thanks
    Dave

  2. Depending on WHERE you are going camping, (trees or no trees) a hammock is a fantastic alternative to a tent! You are then suspended above the ground, rain water, rocks, roots, wild critters, etc. etc. You will need a good rain fly and bug net, but so does a tent. Hammocks are far more comfortable and compress down to almost the size of a large beer mug or smaller! There is a lot of great hammock info online if you want to check it out! Because there’s little or no “footprint” with a hammock it’s easier to find spots to camp. You can literally sleep over a rock pile or stump!

    • Problem w/ a hammock is you cannot change clothes in it, put any gear in it or attend to anything personal. Sorry, have seen them, poor idea in my opinion for this kind of trip.

  3. The one additional item I would add and always carry is the manual for my motorcycle. Especially on a long trip, it’s very handy when you have a problem with your bike and you’re tired after a long day.

  4. i second the suggestion of a hammock for adventure touring and camping. I have a Hennessy Hammock, with integrated rain fly and bug netting. It packs very small, has no poles, needs no sleeping pad, and doesn’t even require trees. I have very nice tents, but these advantages are huge for the hammock. You can store a small amount of gear in it and also change clothes, if necessary.

    • I just had my first hammock camping experience in the spring, not bad, going again in a few weeks. Takes a little getting used to, I like it so far. The fly can be set up to give privacy and you’ve got a place to sit when putting on your boots. My hammock has a shelf for small items which is great. The mosquito netting is built in.

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