Whether you ride a bag-equipped cruiser, an all-out adventure bike, or a classic tourer, it is very likely that one day you will take to the road for a long tour. Motorcycles have a way of tempting riders to chase the horizon. If you are smitten by the motorcycle tour bug, you will want to know what you should bring along with you so that your trip is one of memorable and pleasurable events instead of continually feeling unprepared. The best way to ensure that you leave nothing behind which you will need out on the road is to have a prodigious and all-inclusive packing list - just like this one.
Included here are items which many riders have learned over years of experience are essential to having a good journey. Now, not all of what is listed will be required for everyone. The concept is to present the ultimate catalog of items garnered from people who tour on a motorcycle regularly, and then let you whittle it down to what you wish to or must carry. This will be based mostly on personal preferences, the type of trip you have planned as well as where you will go and when you will ride there. Look closely at what is contained within this document and use it as a guide for your next motorcycle world tour.
The items here are those which will be used on or affixed to the motorcycle which will take you on your tour. Keep in mind that several of these are now included with certain stock motorcycles, so not all will apply to your situation. Also, if your trip is short, some of this will be superfluous. If your journey is to be very long, however, most will be indispensible.
Luggage(saddlebags, tank bag, other bags):
Tire Repair Kit
Other items to consider taking with you:
- Spare key(s)
- Extra oil
- Spares (bulbs, fuses, etc.).
Motorcycle Riding Gear
This selection is for what you will wear on the motorcycle trip. You probably already have most of this, but you may find that a newer piece of gear is better suited to your intended destination. Remember, though, that if you do buy new gear, break it in before the journey so that no comfort or compatibility issues hamper your riding enjoyment.
Packable Rain Gear
See our other guides for additional selections:
- Sportbike and Motorcycle Protective Gear Guide
- Picking the Best Motorcycle Helmet
- Motorcycle Rain Gear
- Motorcycle Touring Gear & Accessories Guide
- Heated Motorcycle Gear
- Reflective Gear Recommendations for Night Riding
- 10 Essentials For Riding A Motorcycle At Night
This section is fairly self-explanatory. The important part of choosing proper clothing is to check the weather along your trip path and at your destination. You do not want to be over or under-dressed for any events, either. Try to find garments which are multi-purpose to save room in your luggage.
Sweater or Pullover
In addition to these items consider packing the following along for your trip:
- Suit jacket/blazer
- Casual socks
- Contact lenses or glasses
Small items which you need to keep up your hygiene and grooming duties are listed here. There are some motorcycle-specific items which do differ from any other form of travel, so take care to think about the ride itself and any common issues you experience when on a bike for a long period of time.
Consider packing these items for yuor trip:
- Pharmaceuticals (anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, pain meds, regular meds)
- Bug repellant
- Female sanitary items
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
- Grooming supplies (razor, shaving cream, nail clippers, etc.)
- Safe sex bits
- Washcloth, towel, anti-monkey butt powder
Information and Connectivity
Since you will be far from home, it is a very smart idea to carry your important information with you on the trip. It is also wise to have a way to communicate with the world should you get hopelessly lost or need to let someone know where you are. You will also be presented with many opportunities to take photographs and record what you see along the journey, prepare for it. While on the road, some music may be helpful for the more boring super-sla