If you’re planning a motorcycle camping trip, packing your motorbike properly is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Here are some tips on how to pack your bike for that camping trip you’ve been putting off for ages:
Invest in quality gear: Before packing your motorcycle, invest in quality camping gear that is lightweight and easy to pack. This includes a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and camping stove. Try out a few sleeping pads before you invest. This is essential for your comfort and worth the investment in time and money to get it right.
Distribute weight evenly: When packing your motorcycle, distribute
weight evenly to maintain balance and stability while riding. Pack heavier items low and towards the center of the bike to prevent the weight from shifting and affecting your balance. Correct packing will also help if you need to lift your bike.
Use dry bags: Use waterproof dry bags to protect your gear from rain and water damage. These bags are also easy to pack and can be strapped to your bike using bungee cords or straps. Rock Straps are a great investment and are safer than bungee cords.
Pack efficiently: Pack your gear in a logical order so that you can access what you need quickly and easily. For example, pack your tent and sleeping gear at the bottom of the bag, and your cooking gear and clothes at the top. Always keep your keys and riding gloves in the same place so when you pack up and go to drive off, you don’t find they are packed away in your tent!
Pack light: Remember that motorcycles have limited space for packing, so only pack what is necessary. Believe me, it’s not as much as you think. Choose multi-functional items, such as a jacket that can double as a pillow, and pack clothing that can be easily washed and dried. Material is key. Go through all your items and ask yourself how many uses it has. Everything should have at least two uses!
Consider a luggage rack: If you are planning a long camping trip, consider investing in a luggage rack or panniers to increase your storage capacity. This will also make packing and unpacking easier. There are lots of soft luggage options out there these days. Again, invest time in ensuring you have what is right for you and your budget.
Consider earplugs: Things that go bump in the night are rarely things out to get you. It takes a while to get used to camping alone so you might want to consider using earplugs or listening to a podcast as you get yourself to sleep. Your imagination can be your biggest enemy.
Don't forget your head torch!
Remember to also check the weight capacity of your motorcycle before packing to ensure that you are not exceeding the maximum weight limit. With proper planning and packing, you can enjoy a safe and comfortable motorcycle camping trip.