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 according to your personal needs. Consider this a base line. Each item links to one of our gear test reviews or somewhere to buy online.

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

Choosing Your Adv Riding Gear

gear guide

How to Pack for Travel

gear guide

Photography Gear List

gear guides

Camping Gear Checklist

travel tips

The Motorcycle Luggage Guide

travel tips

6 BEST Soft Panniers

gear guides

Paperwork

  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

Motorcycle

  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. Water purification stick/straw or tablets (we don’t carry these)
  3. Food / snacks / water
  4. Emergency dry food and snacks
 

Miscellaneous

  1. Fuel canisters: Rotopax / fuel bladder / Overland Fuel Cannisters
  2. Navigation device: Sat Nav / Phone / Paper maps
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Mounts for phone case and video camera

Adventure Bike Guides

Travel Tips

How to Adventure Proof

travel tips

Travel Apps for Adventure Riders

Travel Tips

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29 thoughts on “The Ultimate 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

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    • 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 🙂

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      • 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

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  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

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    • 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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  3. Hi
    I never rode motorbike on mountain road but I drove car from Chiangmai to Bangkok, and 3-4 time from Chiangmai to Doisuthep, so am I suitable for this ride or not. I am an Indian and wan to wnjog that trip. Please provide me ideas about motorbike because I wan to ride Royal Enfield Mateor.

    Thanks

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    • Hi Ranjan, thanks for your comment!
      This sort of question would be better asked in the Forum. If you just make an account and ask in the Thailand forum, it’ll be easier to answer there. Also, could you please provide a bit more information when you ask in the forum…. for example, you ask “am I suitable for this ride or not?” What ride? Where? and you ask to “provide ideas about motorbikes”, but for what journey, where etc?
      Cheers

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  4. Its Helped me soo much.. thank you Mad or Nomad.. I’m from INDIA.. and I’m planning to 22days long ride in my beautiful country.. Luv u Bro..

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  5. Awesome Motorcycle Trip Packing List.
    Thanks for saving lot of time.

    Once again bundle of Thanks from Pakistan.

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  6. Your list put many smiles on my face, being on the road for 38 years the right way (2 wheels, based in Holland). There are many tips newbies would never think of. And probably will not follow. Silly they are. All your tips are worth following.

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    • Hi Chiel,
      Thanks for your comment, and that’s incredible to hear you’ve been on the road for 38 years! 38 years of travelling or riding?
      Cheers!
      Andy

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  7. Hi guys, so glad to have found your resource, my wife and I are planning a round trip to India, and back via Central Asia, 2 up on the one bike, clearly Azerbaijan is putting this on hold for now.
    I wonder as I don’t know how long we’ll be away, how the return visas work, I’m under the impression that it’s not easy to get them whilst away from your home country, and a printer!
    Weapon of choice: Super Tenere 1200ZE
    Thanks for such a super resource, I’ve been researching for over a year and this is the one resource that brings it all together.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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    • Hi Julian!
      Thanks very much for your message, I’m sat here in Guatemala working on a guide and saw your comment pop up and it put a smile on my face, so thank you! It’s good to know the website is of use 🙂
      Awesome to hear you and your wife are planning a ride to India, that’s fantastic! And you are going to love Central Asia. CA is literally our absolute favourite riding region out of everywhere we’ve ever been – nothing compares, so make sure you put plenty of time aside for it.

      Yes, Azerbaijan is a pain and it has been since covid. There has been no news on when the borders will be open to travellers. The way around it most people are going for is to get a Russian visa and enter Russia from Georgia. However, Russian visas are expensive and can only be sourced in your home country.

      On return visas… do you mean how do you get a visa while on the road for the countries you have already ridden through? Are you riding back through the same countries? Only a few countries in the world require you to get a visa to enter from your home country – for example, Pakistan. 99% of countries can be done online or at the border. Printers are never a problem either (if you need them) and are easy to find anywhere in the world. Personally, we arrange our visas as we go. We didn’t arrange any visas before we left home on our trip and we’ve been on the road for nearly 7 years now. We only had to return back to the UK once to get a visa and that was for Pakistan and was a couple of years into the trip. In nearly 90 countries, this has never been an issue apart from that one time.

      I hope this helps, feel free to reply with any questions! Always happy to help fellow motorcycle travellers.

      Cheers,
      Andy

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  8. Hi Andy, many thanks for a full and rapid reply. Yes, I meant visas for countries already ridden through. My original plan was to ride through Iran and Pakistan into India, but due to restrictions Iran is off the menu, besides, CA is infiniteley more interesting the more I read of peoples’ travels there. We wanted not just to get to India, but do a sort of circular tour around inner india, avoiding tourist hotspots, though the Pakistan/India border display is a must for us.
    So clearly we won’t know how long we’ll be in India.
    The other concern is how to get into India, I’ve heard of ‘fixers’ who’ll get you through Kashmir into India, but nothing concrete, and there’s the issue about Visa for Pakistan being only sought in UK.
    The other route is Western Province of China, and this as you know involves a guide at a cost approx of £8000-£10000 if my research is correct, and yes, it can be shared with other travellers at the border, but how would we know if there’ll be any there when we get there? Maybe there always are people there, I don’t know.
    After a tour of India, the plan is to return the same way, we could ship the bike back, but deffo for me, the journey is the destination.
    One last thing, I’m always curious to see that The Super Tenere is not on anyone’s list for suitable long distance biking, including yours-reliable and no chain, pedigree too.
    I wonder why, is there something I don’t know? 🙂

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    • Hi Julian,
      Yes, unfortunately they’re two difficult countries – Iran won’t let Brits in without an expensive guide (unnless that’s changed very recently) and Pakistan needs a visa from home. Other than that you’re good to get visas as you go!
      Yes, CA is brilliant – check out our blogs from the rides there and the destination guides on CA.
      Getting in shouldn’t be too difficult. If you want to visit CA then the most common route to get to India is via China.
      No, it won’t cost you that much to get through China. Here’s a guide on how to transit China written by Jah who runs a transit company, we have lots of people using Jah’s services. He’s a good guy, send him an email and say Andy from Mad or Nomad sent you.
      He helps with forming groups etc to bring cost down and will let you know the rough timings other riders are looking to go. Alternatively, there’s plenty of facebook groups where people form groups for crossing china.
      Shipping the bike back is the easiest option – but why go back the same way? Why not go to Mongolia – you’re close! Or ship to the Middle East and ride back that way. Unlimited possibilities!
      We do have a review on the Super Ten and I do know of a few folk who have done some serious long distance trips on them. But the reason it’s not a highly recommended bike is because its large, heavy and low to the ground.
      Still, they’re reliable tanks and comfy long distance. No reason not to go on one if you already have the bike and enjoy it!
      Cheers and keep in touch!
      Andy

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      • Many, many thanks again. I’m telling everyone I can about your info and contact details.
        It’s heartening to know that China is not the obstacle I thought it was, in fact the contrary, now that you’ve recommended Jah’s services (always good to know someone who has experience when in far flung lands).
        The Super Ten was chosen because of it’s reliability and shaft drive, I’m well used to it now and being a plumber-used to lifting heavy objects and having dropped it a couple of times standing still, it’s weight isn’t that much of an issue whereas its luggage and weight carrying capacity is a plus.
        I recently completed a 4200 mile round trip with my son, both of us on my Harley Sportster with full camping equipment and know only too well how to conserve space and weight, so the S10 will be a breath of fresh air in comparison.
        I like the suggestion and will do an off-road course as it’s inevitable we’ll see at least some gravel or dirt roads.
        I certainly will keep you posted, however there’ll have to be probatory (trial) run across France, then the North of Spain to Galicia to see that my wife will be able to sit for that long on the S10 as we’ve only done short trips together so far. Fortunately, like your partner she enjoys being on the bike, so I’m halfway there..

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        • Hi Julian, sorry for the delayed reply, wifi is intermittent on the road.
          Thanks! That’s kind of you 🙂
          And yeah, China will be an expense and it will take time to sort, but Jah will take away the stress and the China expense is just one of those things that overlanders have to go through when transiting Central to South Asia. Jah runs a professional outfit and is constantly taking riders across there, so he will sort your licence and everything. Plus, it’ll definitely be a very interesting experience for you to say the least!
          Good reasons for the Super Ten then. And that’s brilliant you did that on a Sportster! Awesome!

          Yes, off-road training is highly recommended. People always spend fortunes investing in gear and bags and clothes and fog lights for their bikes but never investing in themselves and their riding skills. There are some brilliant off-road schools in the UK. I’ve attended most of them, here’s a page where I list a selection of the best, and it has a map so you can find the closest to you – The Best Off-Road Schools in the UK

          Good idea on doing a dry run, you’re doing everything right! Here’s another article on riding two-up you might find interesting. Hope the dry run goes well, sounds like a brilliant trip in itself!

          All the best and catch up soon,
          Andy

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