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Motorcycle Camping List (Basic)

Here’s a decent Motorcycle Camping List to get you started, everyone has their own “Basic Needs” ideas, some are truly bare minimum to survive and others are more expansive so that they can enjoy their trip more and not have to stop for as many items along the way. It always comes down to weight, physical size & bulk of items, and duration and location of your trip. Proper planning can help minimize the gotcha’s a long the road that can kill the trip.

Basic List


  • First Aid kit
  • Water containers
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Cord
  • Hatchet
  • Shovel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer (or soap)
  • Thermometer
  • Extra Ziploc bags
  • Small trash bags
  • Camera, batteries and extra media cards



  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Light Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sandals
  • Bathing Suit
  • Towel
  • Rain gear

Amount of gear packed is a highly personal thing as far as quantity and weight. Over packing/weight can cause your bike to be less stable. So, be very critical of heavier items and how their total weight can be reduced. Packaging can be consolidated or exchanged for lighter weight containers or plastic bags to lower weight.


  • Waterproof matches
  • Stove/Fuel
  • Cooking kit
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies

light-weight camping, backpacking motorcycle camping cooking set, cooking set

Big personal choice here – to cook or not to cook? Some riders bring non-perishable food that requires minimal fuss to eat but others like to really enjoy their food on the road and bring small light weight cooking gear to cook more satisfying meals.

Basic Eating

  • Water
  • Food bars
  • Nuts
  • Coffee/tea
  • Dehydrated items

Motorcycle Gear

  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Motorcycle jacket
  • Motorcycle pants
  • Motorcycle boots
  • Motorcycle gloves
  • Ear plugs
  • Motorcycle kidney belt (really makes long-distance riding more comfortable)
  • Rain Gear
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tire repair kit
  • Pump or CO2 cartridges for tire inflation
  • Tool kit
  • Chain lube (No need for shaft- or belt-drive bikes)
  • Duct tape
  • Cable Ties (different lengths & sizes)
  • Cell phone and charger (I will plug a charger in at a restaurant while traveling on the road)



5 thoughts on “Motorcycle Camping List (Basic)

  1. Hi,

    Superb List, Thank you very much very useful. Although one thing i never leave the house without, “CABLE TIES” assorted sizes and strengths.

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