What to take with you on your motorcycle tour
From 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.
How to pack your motorcycle
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:
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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