My first motorcycle adventure was almost 20 years ago. I crammed what I could into a rucksack, stuffed a few other bits into a tank bag and headed off on the adventure of a lifetime. With a rough route scribbled on a piece of paper and an even rougher sense of direction, it felt like I was off to unchartered territory.
In fact I was going 100-miles from Bedford to the wilds of Bognor Regis on my TZR125. My footpeg fell off along the way, I was constantly getting lost (pre-Sat Nav days, remember those?), I stayed in a scuzzy B&B and lived off chips and fizzy drinks for two days, swam in the sea and buzzed along some great roads. It was paradise!
Two decades later and with over 100 different excursions under my belt, from group rides in the Lake District, to 10-day trips to France with my girlfriend on the back and trips to California and Vietnam, I have a much better idea of what you need and what you don’t when it comes to touring by motorcycle.
This no-nonsense guide is a good starting point for your next motorcycle trip. Whether you’re riding an Adventure bike to Norway, heading off to Europe on a tour with the lads or staying in the UK and exploring great roads over a long weekend, this packing checklist is for you.
Jacket and trousers
Waterproof tail pack
Small tank bag
Phone charging cable
Portable motorcycle battery booster
Tiny LED torch
Compact wash bag
Puncture repair kit
Printer-Friendly Motorcycle Touring Packing List
Everything listed above but without the additional text, so you can just print this page off and use it to check off your bits as you go.