The Complete Motorcycle Trip Packing List

Welcome to the Motorcycle Trip Packing List! This article provides a complete checklist of all the essentials you may need on your bike travels. 

This is a no-nonsense motorcycle trip pack list. The article lists everything you need to take on your motorcycle travels with links to more in-depth guides if you fancy diving deeper. All adventures are unique, to different parts of the world, climates and conditions, so adapt the list accordingly to your personal needs. Consider this a base line! Each item links to one of our gear reviews if we’ve tested it, an example or a place to buy it online. If you have any specific questions on motorcycle kit, feel free to ask in the Mad or Nomad Community Forum

Personal Clothing

  1. Lightweight down jacket (doubles up as bike thermal)
  2. Thin trousers
  3. Shorts
  4. T-shirts
  5. Underwear
  6. Flip flops
  7. Light and small trainers


  1. Mobile phone
  2. DSLR or point and shoot camera
  3. Travel tripod
  4. GoPro / Sena / Drift 
  5. GoPro stick
  6. Set of memory cards
  7. Adapter
  8. Chargers and USB battery pack
  9. Laptop or tablet
  10. Removable hard drive
  11. GPS tracker
  12. USB with backups of important info

Riding Gear Guide

gear guides

How to Pack for Travel

gear guide

Photography Gear List

gear guides

Camping Gear List

gear guide

Hard vs Soft Bike Luggage

travel tips

6 BEST Soft Panniers

gear guides


  1. Passport and copies
  2. Driver’s licence and copies
  3. International Driver’s Permit
  4. Vehicle registration document
  5. Vaccination book
  6. Carnet de Passage (if needed).
  7. Travel insurance
  8. Passport photographs (can’t have enough of these)
  9. Emergency USD
  10. Bank cards
  11. Easily accessible paper with all important contact info on.
  12. Spare bike key

The UK Travel Insurance Guide

Travel Tips

The Ultimate Tool Kit

gear guide

How to Keep Safe on the Road

Travel Tips


  1. Owner’s manual downloaded onto your phone. 
  2. Crash protection
  3. Motorcycle modifications for comfort, off-roading and travel.

Food and water

  1. Hydration bladder pack
  2. Dry food snacks
  3. Water purification stick/straw or tablets
  4. Emergency dry food and snacks


  1. Fuel canisters: Rotopax or fuel bladder
  2. GPS Navigation device or use your pone or use paper maps
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Mounts for phone case and video camera.

How we Prepped our Bike

Travel Tips

How to Adventure Proof

travel tips

Top 5 Travel Apps

Travel Tips

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Thanks for checking out the Complete Motorcycle Trip Packing List. We hope you found it useful in what to take on a motorcycle trip! Here’s a few more articles on motorcycle gear and packing that we recommend you read next. 

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6 thoughts on “The Complete Motorcycle Trip Packing List”

  1. Fantastic guide right here. Many many thanks for putting this together. It’s going to come in very handy once we can all finally travel again. Cheers

    • Hi Graham, thanks very much for your comment, glad you found it helpful! Are you planning a big trip? Feel free to shoot us any questions if you need anything here in the comments, via email or in the Forum anytime! More than happy to help fellow travellers. Cheers 🙂

      • I am indeed, I was planning a big trip to Turkey and maybe the Caucasus time permitting for middle of next year. That’s brilliant, thank you for that. It’d be a huge help in planning. I’m still sifting through your site and have been looking at the camping gear lists today. Fantastic stuff

  2. Very useful. Just had a read of your European packing list one too. It’s obviously a lot more minimal than this one but it’s good to know all these extras in case I do decide to go further afield. Thanks guys

    • Hey David, thanks very much! Glad you found it useful. You’re right, the European pack list is a lot more minimal as it’s for touring so you won’t need to carry everything on this list. Best of luck with your packing! I’m assuming you’re thinking of riding into Europe? If you need a hand with anything just shout! Cheers 🙂


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