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How to Pack Your Motorcycle for a Road Trip

by Aletha Joseph Simon

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When it comes to the motorcycle packing, it is quite important to pack everything essential for the trip. Especially if you are going to start your very first road trip. Now, since most of the people actually forget something at home, I am here to remind you of everything you might need to pack in order to have a beautiful road trip.

You can’t bring any type of the luggage with you on a multi-day road trip. It is quite important to know exactly which things you want to bring on a road trip and pack them properly. Now, if you have a bike with built-in bags, you will do just fine. However, if you have a bike that requires an add-on luggage, you’ll need to prioritize. I recommend hard cases since they have better durability and offer more space in general.

Ready? Check out how to pack for your motorcycle road trip:


Stay balanced

The most important thing to have in mind when packing is to keep both sides balanced. While riding, the last thing you want is to be unbalanced; luggage can pull the motorcycle away in one direction if you don’t pack it properly. I suggest, as much as possible, to have the same weight on both sides.


Packing for two

packing a motorcycle

If you are packing for two, you need to come to a compromise and bring only the essential things with you. A general rule of thumb to pack properly when you are traveling with a partner is to bring half the clothes and twice the money you actually need.


Learn to prioritize

One thing that I’ve learned on my road trips is to prioritize when it comes to packing. Sure, you can’t be certain that the weather will be perfect and it might be good to bring a few clothes for a rainy day, but you can’t pack a different item for all kinds of weather. Instead, pack all-weather clothing and get rid of the things that you most probably won’t use. This way, you will have enough space for other things.


Heavy on the Bottom

Knowing where to put the heavy stuff is probably the most important secret to pack your motorcycle properly. Now, all you need to do is to put the heavy gear as close as possible to the bag which will be mounted to the bike. This way, you will prioritize the space and won’t have to worry about any complications when it comes to the balance or damaging of your personal items.

Also, if you have more than one heavy item, it is recommendable to balance them equally on both sides, but always closest to the bag as I said.


Pack Small

packing for a bike tour

You don’t need lots of things for your adventure tour.  Normally, all you really need is two shirts, two pants, a couple of socks and underwear, and one pair of shoes. The lighter your clothes, the better. Thick cotton clothes are probably not a good idea since they are heavier and will take longer to dry. You can also put these things in a vacuum bag to save some space.


Reusable items

Things that have multiple purposes are the best for road trips. For example, a waterproof bag is not only a good laundry bag but it could occasionally work as a raincoat too. A Leatherman tool is a great thing to pack that could even save your life.


Spread the Load

The good thing about going on a guided group tour is that there are certain things that one rider can carry for everyone. A first aid kit is one of those things, also, not everyone should carry their own pumps, one is enough.


Small but Essential Things

Now, here are some of the things riders usually forget to bring on their road trips.

  • A Mesh Laundry Bag – Good for storage.
  • Rolls of Quarters – Convenient for fast paying without complications.
  • Laundry Detergent Pods – Great to keep your clothes clean.
  • Wet Wipes – Always come in handy.
  • Ibuprofen – Not wanted, but necessary.
  • Tan Towels – Great of beaches and sand.
  • Packets of Shampoo – To remove the mud from your hair.
  • Extra Camera Batteries –Always a good thing to have.
  • Gallon Size Zip-Closure Bags – Great for valuable things.
  • Travel Sewing Kit – You never know when you need to stick something up.
  • Extra Gallon of Gas – Bring it! Gas is essential.
  • Cargo Net – Great for securing the luggage.
  • Compression Stuff Sacks – Saves you space.
  • Pee Funnel (For the Ladies) – Pretty awesome thing to have.
  • Travel Power Strip – Important for charging your phone or GPS.



Now you know how to pack for a long and beautiful road trip on your motorbike. I hope I helped you to have the best road trip ever without any complications.

Want to go on a short adventure? Try a weekend motorcycle tour and escape the city on your bike!

Aletha is a guest author from Mountain Bikes Only where you can also read about the best mountain bikes.

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