In this post, we will talk about the top must-have essentials for your motorcycle road trip! A motorcycle road trip can be quite fulfilling as you meet new people, visit new places, and experience the journey from ground zero.
However, when it comes to packing for a motorcycle road trip you need to be careful and selective! This can be a bit challenging because there is not a lot of room to pack the items you need.
If you want to make sure the whole experience is a wonderful and memorable one, you need to be prepared for everything. And that starts with packing the most essential items!
Top Must-Have Essentials for Your Motorcycle Road Trip
Let’s talk about the top must-have essentials you will need for your motorcycle road trip!
If you are planning a road trip for multiple days, you need to change your clothes, right? Your clothes will get dirty as you ride through dusty or muddy roads during your motorcycle road trip. However, there will always be a laundry mat you can visit to wash your dirty clothing, so remember that!
Carrying a few additional sets of clothes in your backpack is pretty important. You should carry a few biker jeans for men, (or women!), a few shirts both long-sleeved and short, and possibly a tank top if it is hot where you are going.
If it is during summer, you can pack a few T-shirts, and that will be all. For winter, however, you need sweatshirts, shirts, and a warm jacket.
Don’t forget your underwear! You certainly don’t want to forget those! You may think this is stupid to mention but you would be surprised at what people forget when packing for a vacation. One time I went on vacation to the beach and I left ALL of the clothes I was going to bring in my dryer at home!
Yep, all I had was the clothes I was wearing and we were going to be gone for 3 full days… Needless to say, I ended up buying clothes during that trip, sigh. At least my family was packed for! Yay for that LOL.
Tire Repair Kit
A tire repair kit is really important, I think. Maybe because I am a woman, but I think every person’s vehicle or motorcycle should have a tire repair kit in them.
Since you will be riding through various roads and terrains, there is a high risk of tire punctures. While most modern motorcycle tires are meant to last thousands of miles, they are vulnerable to cuts and punctures just like any tire is.
To ensure your trip does not come to a halt because of a flat tire, carry a tire repair kit and a mini portable air compressor. You can repair the punctured tire and inflate it using these tools so that you can safely get to the next town to get it professionally fixed if needed.
Since most modern-day motorcycles come with meager toolkits, you should beef it up a bit and buy any extra tools to add to it. That way, you can do any motorcycle repairs needed, while on your road trip, without too much worry.
You may not find motorcycle repair shops everywhere during your trip. So, if the suspension on your motorbike requires some adjustment or the mirror seems a bit loose, you can fix it by yourself using the tools you have on hand.
Since a majority of the repair instructions are available on the internet, you can do small repairs yourself before you take your two-wheeler to a mechanic.
GPS Navigation Unit
Maps are extremely useful during road trips, duh! I couldn’t get anywhere without my GPS! You can invest in a GPS navigation unit that you can mount on your motorcycle.
You can use your smartphone for the same purpose, but the GPS navigation feature drains the smartphone battery a lot faster. I know this because one time I was driving while using my GPS on my phone and goodness, my phone almost died! It drains your phone battery SO fast!
A GPS navigation unit can be connected to your bike’s battery, and it will help you with navigation without any interruption or worries about the battery dying.
Food and Water
If you are driving through urban areas, you may not have to worry about food and water. However, if your trip has a long stretch of road that has no sign of human settlement (like where I live), it is better to carry your own food and water.
You do not need to carry an entire day’s meal in your backpack. Just keep enough food in your bag so that you can munch on them when you feel hungry.
The same goes for the water situation. A 2-liter bottle of water is enough for several hours. Once you find a town or store, you can fill the bottle up from there if needed.
Documents and Permits
Whether you are traveling within the state or going on an interstate road trip, you must carry your license and registration with you while riding.
You may also need to get the necessary permits to travel through certain areas and visit particular places. Do thorough research about the route you are going to take before the trip so that you can apply for the necessary permits on time.
Whether you are riding with other bikers or having a solo trip, it is always better to bring all the Must-Have Essentials for Your Motorcycle Road Trip.
While you may still be able to buy new clothes, food, and water along the way, you should be prepared for all situations. It isn’t fun to spend your vacation filled with worry or being upset because you forgot something important! Been there, done that!
Have you ever gone on vacation and forgotten something important? I want to hear about it! Let me know all about it in the comments below!