Motorcycle Trip Packing List

The following list serves as my template for trips. I don’t always take everything, although it all does fit in the bike luggage and has all come with me on longer trips. If this helps you remember something important, great.

Clothing

Riding

  • Aerostich Suit
  • Helmet
  • Ear Plugs & spares
  • Spare visor (clear or dark, whichever is not in the helmet)
  • Gloves
    • Lightweight
    • Heavyweight
    • Rain Covers
  • Warm Liner
    • Polar fleece liner
    • Heated vest
  • Sun Glasses
  • Sun Screen
  • Boots
  • Spare socks
  • Waterproof socks

Resting

  • Comfortable shoes or sandals
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent

Arrival

  • Extra clothing: under & over wear
  • Micro umbrella

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Glasses or contact lenses accessories

Tools

Loosening & Tightening

  • Double-check what’s needed for:
    • Side panels
    • Rear grab bar
    • Chain adjustment
    • Brake pad replacement
    • Battery access
    • Battery terminal
    • Air filter access
    • Luggage tightening
    • Side stand adjustment
  • Wrenches
    • Double-end open metric
      • 8mm x 10mm
      • 12mm x 13mm
      • 14mm x 15mm
      • 17mm x 19mm
    • Adjustable
  • Sockets
    • Small metric set
  • Screwdrivers
    • Combination driver with quality, hardened bits
      • Phillips
        • #1
        • #2
        • #3
      • Slot
        • Standard
        • Narrow
  • Allen Keys
    • 3mm
    • 4mm
    • 5mm
    • 6mm
    • 8mm
    • 10mm
    • 12mm
  • Pliers
    • Small Needle nose
    • Small Vise-Grip

Cutting

  • Knives
    • Gerber multi-tool
    • Swiss army knife

Patches & Adhesives

  • Duct tape
    • (Small amounts wound on outside of 35mm film cans)
  • Silicone sealer
  • Locktite
    • In 35mm can to avoid mess
  • Touch-up paint

Fasteners

  • Cotter pins, assorted sizes
  • Spare bolts for fairing, luggage, misc
  • Cable ties
  • Locking Forceps

Tire Maintenance

  • Tire repair kit
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Bicycle miniature tire pump

Electrical

  • Fuses
    • All bike spares
    • Electric vest spare
  • Bulbs
    • Headlight
      • Halogen 12V60/55W
    • Tail & brake lights
      • 12V8/27W
    • Protect in 35mm cans
  • Wire
    • Thin
    • Heavy
  • Connectors
    • Marr
    • Crimp
  • Tiny volt meter
  • Electrical tape
  • Tiny butane-powered soldering iron

Cleaning

  • Visor cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Water container (collapsable plastic pail)
  • Bike cleaner in small plastic bottle with tight lid
  • Towel

Fuel & Lubrication

  • Spare fuel container & spare fuel
  • Spare Engine oil
  • Chain Wax (When on the ZX-6R)
  • Light machine oil

Food & Water

  • Food
  • Water

Security

  • Bungee cords
  • Disk Lock
  • Cable Lock
  • Spare keys for ignition, luggage, and disk lock
  • Side stand base plate

Safety

  • Matches
  • First Aid Kit
  • Drugs
    • Tylenol
    • Vitamins
  • Communication
    • Phone & adaptor
    • Phone card
    • Handheld CB
  • Lighting
    • Flashlight
    • Spare Batteries

Navigation

  • Map
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Pencil & paper

Accessories

  • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Batteries
    • Charger
    • Memory
    • Small Tripod
  • Magnifier
  • Binoculars
  • Radio and/or MP3 player with helmet earphones

Paperwork

  • Money
  • Registration
  • Drivers License
  • Insurance Slip
  • Warranty Card
  • CAA Card
  • Passport if needed

Camping

Shelter

  • Tent, fly, poles, pegs, ropes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermarest mattress
  • Pillow case (stuff with clothes for pillow)
  • Touque (cover head when sleeping in cold weather)
  • Extra rope
  • 4 Clothes pegs
  • Garbage bags
  • Ziploc bags

Clothing

  • Rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Mosquito hat
  • Sandals
  • Night sweater
  • Extra clothing: pants, socks, underwear, etc.

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Shaving stuff
  • Shampoo
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid kit
  • Toilet Paper

Eating

  • Pots & pans set
  • Micro stove, fuel bottle, fuel
    • (Use a small Primus micro stove that will burn anything: kerosene, naptha, even bike gas)
  • Matches
  • Kitchen utensils
    • Can/Bottle opener
    • Spoon
    • Spatula
    • Salt & Pepper
  • Dish cloth
  • Tea towel
  • SOS (steel wool) pad
  • Water container
  • Water Purifier
  • Food
    • Coffee
    • Fd food
  • Half-dozen plastic grocery bags for garbage
  • Tiny squeeze bottle of general-purpose biodegradable liquid soap

Heat & Light

  • Matches
  • Micro hatchet (doubles as mallet for tent pegs)
  • Chemical heat packs
  • Knife
  • flashlight
    • Spare batteries

Misc

  • Alarm clock (probably in watch or phone)
  • Duct tape

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