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


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


  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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21 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

    • 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 🙂

  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.


    • 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?

  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..

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

    Once again bundle of Thanks from Pakistan.

  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.

    • 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?


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