10 Things You Should Carry When Trail Riding

Trail riding offers some serious fun that can be both exhilarating and physically challenging. It varies greatly from the MX track in its unpredictability and risk further adding to the excitement.

Like motocross riding however, preparation is the first rule of thumb. Unlike motocross riding, everything you need goes with you rather than in the bed of the truck.

Since you can?t take a 50 pound tool box along for the ride you need to be judicious in deciding what goes and what stays. As you'll see, it's not all about tools either. Your bike can't ride without proper fuel and maintenance and neither can you. The next time you plan a day on the trail with riding buddies consider the following as a checklist to bring all you need for a great day of fun.


The last thing you want is for dehydration to set in 50 miles from nowhere. Thanks to some cool innovations, you won?t need a fanny pack with water bottles attached to the side nor will you need an overstuffed backpack weight you down with a bulky water bottle inside sticking in your spine. Grab a hydration pack. The ride like a backpack but you?ll never know it's there. And you can take a sip whenever you want.

Good Hydration Pack

Better Hydration Pack

Best Hydration Pack

2014 Thor Hydropack - Vapor

KTM Powerwear Baja Hydration Pack

Geigerrig Pressurized Rig 1600 Hydration Pack

Price: $54.95

Price: $92.99

Price: $159.99


  • Slim profile pack
  • Two liter bladder
  • Padded shoulders, sternum and waist straps
  • Molded air-mesh back panels to keep you cool


  • Two liter bladder
  • Drop-in compartment for electronic devices or personal effects
  • Ergonomically padded Airmesh shoulder straps with net pockets
  • large compartment for stowing spare clothes, tools or equipment


  • 100 ounce bladder
  • Ergonomic fit, terraced overlay shoulder strap
  • Removable Hip Belt
  • Internal storage compartments and organizer

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Socket and Allen Wrench Sets

Dirt bikes have a lot of removable parts. Just the very act of riding can loosen screws, nuts and bolts over time. If something breaks you?ll need the correct tools to remove it. It's easy to do this when you?re a five minute walk from your truck or trailer. If you run into trouble on the trail the last thing you want to be doing is walking home or using your fingers as metal tools.

The following sets are compact and ready-made for trail riding. The Tool Kits are more expensive but offer everything needed in a compact and secure pack.

Socket Wrench Set

Good Socket Wrench Set

Better Socket Wrench Set

Best Socket Wrench Set

CruzTOOLS 3 Way Pack Wrench

Fly Racing T-Handle Trail Tool

BikeMaster 1/4" Drive T-Handle Set

Price: $14.99

Price: $14.99

Price: $12.99


  • Compact T-style wrench
  • 8, 10, and 12 mm
  • Fits into a fanny pack, tank bag, or under your seat


  • T-handle features a 1/4" drive
  • 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, 14 mm
  • #2 Phillips
  • Small and lightweight


  • Made of heat treated vanadium steel
  • 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm
  • #2 Phillips
  • Fits in fanny pack

Allen Wrench Set

Good Allen Wrench Set

Better Allen Wrench Set

Best Allen Wrench Set

Motion Pro T-Handle Bit - 3/4mm Allen

Motion Pro Bit For 5/16" Deep Socket - 5mm & 6mm Allen

Motion Pro Ball End Allen Set - 9 Piece

Price: $4.99

Price: $4.99

Price: $17.99


  • Durable nickel-pewter finish
  • 3mm/4mm combo bit
  • Rubber O-ring keep bits securely in place
  • Fits in Motion Pro 12-Point 5/16" Deep Socket with 1/4" Drive or 5/16" T-handle socket


  • Durable nickel-pewter finish
  • 5mm/6mm combo bit
  • Rubber O-ring keep bits securely in place
  • Fits in Motion Pro 12-Point 5/16" Deep Socket with 1/4" Drive or 5/16" T-handle socket


  • Made of chrome-vanadium tool steel
  • 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10 mm
  • Ball end allows for better access to Allen-head bolts
  • Convenient holder

Wrench and Tool Kits

Good Wrench and Tool Kits

Better Wrench and Tool Kits

Best Wrench and Tool Kits

CruzTOOLS Econo Kit M1 Folding Tool Kit

CruzTOOLS DMX1 Fanny Pack Tool Kit

CruzTOOLS DMX2 Fender Mount Tool Kit

Price: $64.99

Price: $129.99

Price: $139.99


  • 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm combo wrench
  • 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm hex key set
  • 6-in-1 screwdriver
  • 8" adjustable wrench


  • 10mm, 12mm combo wrench
  • 8" adjustable wrench
  • T-handle (8, 10 and 12 mm) wrench
  • 5-in-1 screwdriver


  • 10mm, 12mm combo wrench
  • 8, 10, 12, and 13 mm sockets
  • 8" adjustable wrench
  • Hex key set (4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm)

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It?s often said the screwdriver is the most abused tool in a garage. Now we don't expect you to use a screwdriver for anything other than its intended purpose which is many on a dirt bike. But just in case you get into a bind a screwdriver can quickly become your best friend.

Good Screwdriver

Better Screwdriver

Best Screwdriver

Motion Pro Bit For 5/16" Deep Socket - Phillips #2 & #3

MSR 6-In-1 Screwdriver

BikeMaster 14-In-1 Screwdriver

Price: $4.99

Price: $9.95

Price: $13.99


  • #2 Phillips and #3 Phillips
  • Rubber O-ring keep bits securely in place
  • Fits in Motion Pro 12-Point 5/16" Deep Socket with 1/4" Drive or 5/16" T-handle socket
  • Durable nickel-pewter finish


  • Two Phillips & two flat blade screwdriver sizes
  • 6 mm socket wrench (for carb jets)
  • 8 mm socket wrench (for side panel and shroud bolts)
  • Fits conveniently into fanny packs


  • 12 tips on 12 shafts
  • Driver shaft is a 4mm socket wrench
  • Has one meter tape measure in head
  • Great multi-purpose tool

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Dirt bike riding is intense exercise. Like water for dehydration you'll need food to keep your energy levels up. Obviously you can?t pack a steak dinner but with some creative thinking you can pack a decent lunch/snack to keep you alert and fight through any fatigue which is especially important near the end of the day.

Energy and candy bars are perfect rest stop snacks. Quick and easy they offer a high amount of calories and are ready to eat. Sandwiches are also a good option but avoid refrigerated edibles. You won't carry a refrigerator and an ice pack is just one more item to weigh you down. Trail mix is also a great way to fuel up.

Flat Tire Repair Kit

A flat tire is not inevitable but to take off down any type of trail without a back-up plan is asking for trouble. Sharp stones and needle-like sticks lurk everywhere and if you?re blazing through a leaf-covered forest you'll have no idea what you?re riding over. A flat tire repair kit not only keeps your riding but prevents you from having to walk your dirt bike back who knows how many miles on a flat tire.

Good Tire repair Kit

Better Good Tire repair Kit

Best Good Tire repair Kit

Tire Repair And Inflation Kit

BikeMaster Tire And Tube Flat Repair Kit

Tubeless Tire Plugger With Co2

Price: $37.99

Price: $46.99

Price: $48.99


  • Ultraflate Plus and three 16-gram non threaded CO2 cartridges
  • Contains tire plugs, tube patches, glue, tire reamer and plug installation tool
  • Packed in a convenient zippered nylon bag


  • Covers tubes and tubeless repair
  • complete with patches, plugs, plug insertion tool, hole cleaner, glue, pressure wheel with surface preparation tool and knife for plug trimming
  • Includes four CO2 Compressed air cylinders and an air valve


  • Seals from inside/out
  • Repair punctures without dismounting tire from wheel
  • Complete with CO2 to re-inflate tire
  • Compact kit

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Tire Irons

That flat tire repair kit won't do you much good if you can?t remove the tire. Yes, you'll need a tire iron or spoon. Changing a flat is no cake-walk in the comfort of your garage with all the correct tools so don't expect to be up and riding within five minutes if you do encounter a flat. It'll take some time and patience but consider the alternative.

Good Compact Tire Iron

Better Good Compact Tire Iron

Best Good Compact Tire Iron

Motion Pro Tire Iron

MSR Fanny Pack Tire Iron

Motion Pro Enduro Tire Iron Set

Price: $3.99 - $15.99

Price: $16.95

Price: $19.99


  • 8.5-inch size
  • One end is flat and other end is curved
  • Easy to carry
  • Cold-forged steel


  • Compact tire iron
  • Weights only 1 lb.
  • Easy to carry


  • 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hot-forged chrome-vanadium tool steel
  • Sold as pair with a custom vinyl carrying pouch
  • Slender curve

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Spare Spark Plug

Need we say more?


Carrying extra fuel not only extends your ride allowing you to explore more but eliminates the worry of running out of gas miles from camp. Two schools of thought exist when it comes to carrying extra fuel. Strap an extra gas tank to your bike and fill when needed or simply install a bigger fuel tank. The safer option is to install a bigger fuel tank.

First Aid Kit

This is a no-brainer here. Sooner or later you're going to crash. Usually, you'll be able to get up, brush yourself off and jump right back on. But sometimes you'll need some patch work before either continuing your ride or calling it a day and getting back to better tend to your injuries.

First Aid Kit

Klim Ultralight Watertight First Aid Kit

Price: $27.99


  • Four 3x3 and 2x2 sterile dressings
  • Three knuckle bandages
  • Three antibiotic ointment
  • Motrine and diphenhydramine plus much more

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One final note about trail riding. Always go with at least one other person. First off, it's never fun to ride alone! But most importantly, if you do get seriously hurt a second or third person can help tend to your injuries and get you safely back to camp.

Written By: AndrewT

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