Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Motorcycle Camping List

So it doesn't matter if you are going for a week or a year, your camping list isn't going to change much if at all. The only thing that changes with a trip is the amount of food you eat and clothes you wear. There are always grocery stores to pick up more food and you can always wash clothes. That being said, here is my list.
  • Tent
  • Ground Tarp
  • Tent Poles
  • Tent Rain Fly
  • Tent Stakes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow
That takes care of my place to sleep. I list everything out so I know that I have it all when I pack it. Nothing worse that having a tent with no poles to hold it up.

  • T-shirt
  • Carhartt Pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Riding Jacket
  • Riding Pants
  • Riding Boots
  • Helmet
  • Riding Gloves
  • Heavy Gloves
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Long Underwear
  • Hat
  • Fleese
  • Belt
  • Camp Pants
  • Sweater
  • Wool Socks
  • Sock Liners
  • Camp Shoes
So this is everything I wear on the trip. Depending on the days you are going depends on what you bring for T-shirts, socks, and underwear. I would never leave with only one of each. I enjoy clean socks and underwear so I am going to have a pair for each day up to five days, after that I can do wash. T-shirts I would never bring more than three. The camp pants I wear zip off into shorts. They are also light weight and windproof so I can always add them as a layer to my riding gear.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Advil
  • Deodorant
  • Gas X
  • Imodium
  • Pepcid
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Naps
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tums
  • Icy Hot Muscle Rub
My bathroom. I come prepared for any stomach ailments as I hate feeling ill. My first aid kit is a standard backpacking kit that I picked up from REI about ten years ago and by all rights should be thrown away and replaced. My towel is a small shammy style towel. The wet naps will save your butt... really, you don't want a dirty butt while riding, you will only end up with a rash that will ruin your trip.

  • Stove
  • Stove Fuel
  • Water Bottle
  • Pots
  • Pot Holder
  • Bowls
  • Utensils
  • Matches
  • Lighter
  • Salt & Pepper
My kitchen. Nothing special just easy.

  • Camelback
  • Straps
  • Pack Rain Cover
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Dry Bags
  • Spare Keys
  • Ear Plugs
Ok, this list is general items that go on the bike. The Camelbak is great while riding. You always have water and stay hydrated. Pack rain cover is for my tail bag. It has a separate cover for the rain which is great because it is a bit oversize and fits over my sleeping pad which gets strapped to the front of it. My stuff sacks are all different colors and I chose colors that correspond with the colors of my home. I have a green kitchen so I keep all my cooking supplies in a green stuff sack. Blue bathroom, blue stuff sack. I have a couple of dry bags that I keep my tent and sleeping bag in and strap to the top of my panniers. My motorcycle spare keys are zip tied to the frame of the bike under the seat. They are a pain to get at but are there if I need them. Also when I say spare keys, I mean to everything that has a lock, not just the bike.

  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Headlamp
  • Bugspray
This is my camp list. basically a short list of what I need to be comfortable at camp. I suppose I could add this to the list with the other sleeping gear but I keep it separate.

  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Camera Case
  • SD Card
  • GO Pro
  • Go Pro Mount
  • Go Pro Case
  • Go Pro SD Card
  • Go Pro Charger
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • GPS
  • GPS Charger
  • Tripod
General electronics gear. One tip, if you are camping every night like I do, keep your phone on the charger all day while riding otherwise you will just have a dead phone all night. Phones make great alarm clocks when you get to bed at one in the morning and need to hit the road at six.

  • Plastic Bags
  • Wallet
  • Maps
  • Cash
  • Pen & Notepad
  • Copies of Paperwork
  • Drivers License
  • Insurance Card
  • Registration
  • Passport
  • Out of Country Insurance
Keep everything in plastic bags. Rain can get in anywhere. Always carry paper maps, don't count on GPS. Now I haven't traveled enough that I have come into dire straits because I didn't have a paper map but I can tell you that my one of my first trips the GPS already had me off track and I had to pull out the paper map. Make copies of all your papers. I like to scan all my documents and then email them to myself. That way if I lose anything I can always access them with an internet connection. Some countries require proof of insurance. Canada is one of them, you need to prove that your insurance is good in a different country. Technically you are supposed to have it to get into the country but probably will never get asked for it. The reason to carry it is in case you do get into an accident, because then you will be asked for it.

Tools are going to be another whole different post. There is just so much that goes into it and I am sure I don't have it all down yet.