Motorcycle camping has become increasingly popular today Ė 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 donít 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 10įF - 15įF 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 Ė toothpaste, toothbrush, and soap. Donít 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.
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 canít get a signal.
10) Spare Key
Unexpected stuff happens, so itís 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 wonít 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 itís 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 donít have to unpack everything.
5. Use waterproof saddlebags to separate your dry gear/items from the items that you donít 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!