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What to take with you on your motorcycle tour

A checklist being tickedFrom remembering your passport to your shampoo, here are just some of the things you should be taking with you when you tour on your motorcycle.

For many more motorcycling touring tips or inspiring journey stories, see our advice page.


Documents

Passport
Tickets
Insurance details
E111 EHIC medical form
All vehicle documents (legal requirement)
GB / EU sticker

Maintenance and safety

European breakdown cover
Holiday/travel insurance
Spare bulbs
Litre of oil
Puncture repair kit (eg. Tyreweld)
Earplugs
Hi-visibility clothing
Warning triangle

First aid

Prescription medication (plus copy of the prescription)
Small scissors
Tweezers
Assorted safety pins
Small sewing kit
Thermometer
Assorted waterproof plasters
Cotton bandage(s)

Image of a first aid plaster

Remember essential first aid plasters and bandages.

Medicines

Adult painkillers (aspirin / paracetamol)
Painkillers for children (eg. Calpol meltets)
Medicine for stomach upsets (eg. Collis Browne's Mixture)
Antiseptic Lotion (eg. Savlon)
Antihistamines (eg. Piriton syrup and Anthisan)
Cough medicine (eg. Benylin)
Sore throat sweets
Anti-diarrhoea medicine (eg. Immodium)
Rehydration solution for diarrhoea (eg. Dioralyte)
Insect repellent and bite lotion
Insect sting spray (eg. Wasp-eze)
Plug-in mosquito killer units
Burn ointment (eg. Acriflex)

Misc

Maps
Mobile and charger
EU power socket adaptor
Sunscreen and after-sun lotion
Shower gel and shampoo
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Washing powder or liquid
Wet wipes (for hand luggage and main case)
Mobile guide to country zones
Sunglasses
Currency

 

 

Applying toothpaste to a toothbrush

Don't forget your toothpaste!



How to pack your motorcycle

Packing a colourful suitcase with clothes

Pack carefully and you will be able to take much more with you!

That might seem like a lot of items to take on your motorcycling trip. Feel free to add more or less as your needs require but, don't let the quantity put you off taking everything with you. Below are our top tips to get the most in your bike's bags.

1. Pack your heaviest items (eg. shoes, books and toiletries) along the spine of the suitcase and bulkier stuff at the bottom.

2. Put folded socks, underwear and rolled up belts in your shoes.

3. Protect your clothes from dirt by putting your shoes in individual protective bags.

4. Avoid leaking: Having decanted your shampoos and other potions into small plastic bottles, wrap them in plastic bags.

5. Fold your clothes tightly to fit them into smaller spaces. Scrunched clothes take up more room than ironed ones!

6. Place your shirts and peak at the top of the case to avoid crushing.

7. Place breakables in bubble wrap and pack between soft items.

8. Packing mantra: bulky bottom, smooth top.

We all hope not to lose our luggage, but it’s best to be careful and keep important items and documents close to hand. Avoid packing anything essential in your main suitcase. Particularly:

Personal medication
Important documents (eg. passport and tickets)
Child's favourite toy


Use these tips to make your touring experience more enjoyable. If you have any other tips you'd like to share, or think we have missed something, let us know on our Facebook page.

For many more motorcycling touring tips, see our advice page.



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