Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Motorcycle Camping Gear

Motorcycle Camping Gear

Think Hiking When Buying Motorcycle Camping Gear

The quantity and type of motorcycle camping gear you may need will depend on the type and length of trip you are planning. There is a difference between motorcycle camping and a road trip, with road trips usually involving spending your nights in motels along the way. For a camping trip, it is advisable to plan your overnight stops ahead of time as some campgrounds are not friendly to motorcycles.

The type of motorcycle camping gear you carry should be similar to the type carried by backpackers and hikers as it packs small and light and is easy to set up in the evening and tear down in the morning. Keeping your motorcycle camping gear as compact as you can will make your trip safer and prevent the need to stop and repack on the road if something comes loose. For extended trips, you might consider a small, motorcycle trailer that is lightweight and easy to pull behind your bike.

To limit the amount of space needed for your motorcycle camping gear consider buying your food and water on a daily basis since it can take up a lot of space. For cooking, a metal mess kit offers the most diverse uses and can be cleaned at the campsite’s facilities. Be sure to carry a small bottle of liquid dishwashing detergent. In the event you get stuck away from stores, you can carry the freeze - dried, or dehydrated meals sold in many camping supply stores and heat water in a small pot over an open fire at the campground. You will want a small disposable lighter to get the fire started with the wood typically available at the campgrounds.

Be Prepared For Inclement Weather

As part of your motorcycle camping gear do not forget a change of clothing. More than one is nice, but at least one is necessary in case you get caught in the rain. If you plan to use local laundromats while traveling, make sure you have something to wear while washing your clothes. A small backpacking tent and lightweight sleeping bag can usually be carried on your bike, but consider a small inflatable air mattress for comfort. Once deflated they take up very little room and can help you sleep better at night.

When packing your motorcycle camping gear remember personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap, although shampoo can double for body soap and if you run out of room for toothpaste, you can use salt. A first aid kit should also be part of your motorcycle camping gear, regardless of space, but many are available for camping and hold those items most - often needed while camping.


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1 comment:

Ada said...

I totally agree with u. I think what u said is very useful for the people who like travelling by bike. I meet many friends on a site called bikerkiss. Some of them like travelling by bike very much. They say to choose the correct quantity and type of motorcycle camping gear is very important for them to enjoy the trip.