Checklist for Motorcycle Camping Trip

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Checklist for Motorcycle Camping Trip
Camping trips are a cheap and easy way to travel on your motorcycle. (black motorcycle image by Yuri Bizgaimer from

Riding motorcycles is a summer tradition for many in the United States, which makes motorcycle camping all the more alluring. With the rise in popularity, many riders take their bikes for long trips and camp as a cheap and easy way to travel. If you're gearing up for a biker trip, there are a few things every motorcyclist should have.

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With the limited amount of space available on motorcycles, a small one or two-person tent is the best way to go. A small tent folds up and can be stored easily on the motorcycle. Most modern small-tent designs allow for easy assembly, normally in less than five minutes. It is a basic shelter that protects from the rain, and an economical place to sleep. Riders oftentimes carry a small inflatable air bed or a roll-up mat to sleep on, as well as a sleeping bag for warmth.

A simple one or two-person pop-up tent is vital.
A simple one or two-person pop-up tent is vital. (yellow tent in the cordillera image by Galyna Andrushko from

Campgrounds or Not

While travelling on your bike, you have the option of campaing on campgrounds or not. Most campgrounds have basic amenities, such as a places to bathe and firepits. However, they can be expensive or unavailable if you don't have a reservation. Some motorcyclists simply pull off the road and camp wherever they happen to be for the night. While this may be an adventurous choice, it can be illegal. There are motorcycle clubs that offer members free camping locations across the United States. Whatever you choose, always ensure your safety and secure your bike bedding down for the night.

Checklist for Motorcycle Camping Trip
Campgrounds that allow motorcycles can be found all across America. (camping image by BOOJOO from


There are a few essentials that any motorcyclist should always have while camping: At least one change of clothes for overnight trips (especially clothing that adds warmth); rain gear for days when Mother Nature tries to ruin your trip; a good first-aid kit; waterproof matches for starting a fire; a map of the area you are travelling in; and a phone to call for help.

Checklist for Motorcycle Camping Trip
Always be sure to bring essential items with you such as matches and a first aid kit. (MATCHES image by brelsbil from

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