Crested Butte, CO by Motorcycle

The Adventure Motorcycle Camping Checklist

Over the last 7-8 years I’ve camped off my motorcycle several weeks each year.  Sometimes a day or two.  Other times a week at a time.  Sometimes on a small bike like my KTM 530EXC and other times on a big bike like the BMW R1200GS Adventure.  The list that follows is a high-level starting point that should trigger some thoughts and investigation of what works best for you. If you have questions, recommendations, or thoughts of what you’ve found helpful, please leave a comment I’d love to hear what you’ve found.

P.S. – I’ve also included a link to a downloadable version at the bottom of this article that you can print and take with you.  Enjoy!

On-person Riding Gear

Boots
Socks
Knee protection/braces
Moto-skiveez riding shorts
Pants
Technical long and/or short sleeve shirt (moisture wicking/quick drying)
Secondary layer (for colder weather riding)
Jacket
Helmet
Gloves
NoNoise earplugs
Goggles or sunglasses depending on helmet style

Backpack with Integrated Hydration

Snacks (bars, trail mix, jerky)
Personal Locator Beacon, Spot, or Delorme InReach in case rescue/assistance is required

First Aid Kit (a basic NOLS wilderness medicine class through REI is recommended)

Benadryl
Ibuprofen
Plastic card with info (NOLS card)
3 Cravats
1 pair latex or similar glove
Aleve
Antidiarrheal
Tape
2nd skin
Blister bandages
Steri strips
Transparent dressing
Gauze pads
12cc irrigation syringe
Tincture of benzoin swabs
Povidone iodine solution
Paper (small waterproof notepad)
Sharpie
Cheap watch

Tank Bag

Phone
Insect repellant
Hand sanitizer
Microfiber cloth
Wallet items (cash, cards, ids,etc)
Pen
Camera
Backup camera battery
Sunglasses and/or reading glasses
Specific charging and connection cables for devices
Sunscreen
LED Headlamp

Tool Bag

OHV registration
Motorcycle registration
Insurance card
Pressure gauge
Multi-use lube/oil
Disposable rubber gloves
Tire Pump
Motorcycle specific tools
Section of duct tape
Electrical tape
Tire repair kit and/or additional tube
Zip ties

Tent

Rain fly
Stakes
Ground cloth (Lightweight Tyvek footprint is recommended)
See my article on tent selection for motorcycle-based camping adventures

Sleep System

Sleeping pad
Sleeping bag
Sleeping earplugs

Cold weather sleep gear – I take the following regardless of time of year in Colorado. Altitude may dictate its use due to large temperature changes.

Sleeping bag liner
Camping down or inflatable pillow
Medium weight capilene long under top and bottom
Ultralight down hooded jacket
Wool crew socks
Beanie or knit hat

Off-bike Clothing

Shorts (convertible pants)
Underwear
T-shirts
Warmth layer shirt/pullover
Socks
Shoes – Comfortable lightweight and packable
Rain jacket – lightweight and packable
Hat

Personal Toiletries

Dryer sheets for riding boots – keeps the smell down on multi-day trips
Travel toothpaste
Toothbrush
Campsuds 2oz – can be used for clothing, dishes, and self
Other items and personal medication

Download and Print the Adventure Motorcycle Camping Checklist

Mark