When it comes to motorcycle camping you have to be an efficient packer—only bringing the bare essentials along. This also means those items have to be compact and able to fit in as little storage space as possible. These five products are something you should always have with you if you are planning on taking the weekend to enjoy the freedom that both motorcycling and the great outdoors provide.
Compact Living Quarters
The first image that comes to mind when the word “camping” is mentioned is likely a quaint little forest scene with a semi-geodesic tent nestled within, so it’s only right for you to bring one of those along for your trip. What makes this one-person tent great is that it compacts down to a small 6 inches x 17 inches—a convenient size to put in your motorcycle’s saddlebag or strapped down to the pillion. Another reason this tent has our attention is the outer vestibule that can protect your gear from the weather—no raining on this parade. The interior floor is also coated to further protect you and your belongings from moisture. Speaking of belongings, there is even an overhead gear loft for your smaller important items which keeps them in a centralized location.
You may not realize, but riding can be a workout. Think about it, you are constantly hefting a 300-plus pound motorcycle around and then leaning from side to side through the turns and all the while getting dehydration. Especially when you go on a motorcycle camping trip, there is the riding portion and then camp setup that can cause you to get even thirstier, so having a water bottle like this one from LifeStraw is imperative. This inclusive bottle filtration system is editor tested and recommended because it makes drinking water during travel or camping carefree. Whether you need water from a stream or while out traveling internationally, it can help clear the water of any impurities such as bacteria, parasites, chemicals, and microplastics when you drink through the straw. Plus this is the size of your standard 23-ounce reusable water bottle, but has the filter included within.
So you have the roof over your head with the tent, but you have to be comfortable inside too. Time to pull out the sleeping bag. This one is great for motorcycle camping because it stores down to 9 inches x 16 inches. With its 210T anti-tearing polyester and double-filled-cotton construction this bag is waterproof and appropriate for 35–50-degree temperatures making it comfortable throughout the night. Still chilly? Pull the drawstring to scrunch the hood around your head making yourself your own personal warm cocoon.
Illuminate The Way
Sure, you can use your motorcycle’s headlight when you get to the campsite after dark, but then you might wake up to a dead battery and a sour start to the day. Having a flashlight handy for camping is a must, plus you could always use it for roadside issues that could potentially crop up. It is water-resistant and durable, claiming to survive a 10-foot drop or being run over by a truck or for our intents and purposes, a motorcycle. This pack comes with two compact hand-held flashlights that light up to a manufacturer-claimed 1,000 feet, so you don’t have an excuse for not being prepared or being able to see the dung that you were about to set up camp on.
Ultra Tiny Utility
Needle-nose pliers, wire cutter, blade, scissors, medium flat driver, crosshead driver, tweezers, file, retail package opener, and bottle opener, are testaments to this mini multi-tool’s usefulness. It is also super compact at just 2.75 inches in length when closed and 4.25 inches overall. Its stainless steel will ensure it will last without getting rusted. Simply attach it to your keys with the lanyard ring and it will always be ready to come in handy for an array of uses. Again, it is best to be prepared for anything.