8 Motorcycle Tourers Share How They Packed and Prepared for the Big Trip

Crossing countries on a motorcycle is quite a challenge and a truly unique experience.

But it’s also something you don’t just do. It’s something that requires proper planning and preparation.

To improve how we pack and prepare, we have talked with eight experienced motorcycle tourers and asked them to share their best advice.

Read on and learn from their best tips and tricks (all eight motorcycle tourers have lots of experience, so they really know what they are talking about!).


Marc Beaulieu aka Motorcycle Marc

From Canada. Living in southern California, USA now. Started riding mini-bikes at the age of 10 primarily to get around the lumbercamps and northern wilderness of the Great White North. Became a tourer because I love exploring new, wide-open places. Love being outdoors on my bagger.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

Top 3:

  • Dashboard Compass – I like knowning if I’m heading south, north, east or west. Keeps me basically on course since I don’t like using a GPS unit while riding. I find GPS units distracting;
  • SPOT GPS Location Finder – for safety when I’m riding alone in the middle of nowhere. If I crash/in an emergency searchers and first responders can find me asap;
  • Spare goggles/glasses…just in case my regular glasses are broken…which has happened. No problem with an extra pair.

Most useless things? I’ve seen people bringing their own pillows??? Yes, big fat pillows tied to their trunk.

How do you bring things with you?

I’ve been using the same Saddleman Bag since 1998. Every item of clothing is rolled up tightly and packed tightly.

All of my items are placed in plastic bags to keep them dry in rainy weather.

I only take what I need. I clean clothes at motel laundries or throw them out and buy new items as I go.

The only issue is packing rain gear. It’s bulky and takes up too much room. But, you got to have good gear to stay dry out there.

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

Prepare for your packing. Practice identifying and taking only what you’ll need. Less is more. I see too many touring riders with too much stuff. If it can’t fit in your trunk/bags…don’t take it.

My recommendation? Plan a date and time well ahead of your road trip. Have fun practicing your packing. Then go…enjoy the scenery. No need to rush. Live the adventure.

Biggest touring tip…avoid riding at night…Too many animals on the roads after dusk…Also, easy to get blinded by oncoming headlights…#RideSafeOutThere

~ MotorcycleMarc

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Danell Lynn

A Snip from my Bio:

Danell Lynn is an adventurer and Guinness World Record globe trotter. She is the first solo-woman ever to break the world record for Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single country (48,600 miles) (BlackTie2BlackTop). Danell was the sole female rider in The Ride of My Life – Cambodia Documentary, and the female rider for expedition Expedition Electric. She was one of 12 women for on a ride in Northern Pakistan for a documentary due out 2020. She continues to do humanitarian work throughout the globe with her foundations Threading Hope and Highwire. She has traveled to more than 46 countries and has a life goal of keeping the number of countries visited larger than the number of her years on this earth, and believes in a life fully lived!

I was born in Tucson, AZ and quickly grew into a family with a passion for travel and exploration. I had a unique childhood of moving every two to three years and then when we moved to England in my youth this opened many doors. We traveled all the time and explored as many cultures as we could. I fell in love with motorcycling early on as a passenger but really became a distance traveler in my 20s. I always have a hard time with a commute and will just want to continue the ride to see a new sunset, or landscape that I have not seen before. I became a motorcycle traveler because there are very few ways that expose you to the elements, the people and the landscapes the way that motorcycle travel does.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

Top three things beyond the typical moto-kit:

  • A must have me is a Journal – I am a writer and love to create as I go, a journal that fits in my tank-bag for ease of access is best;
  • I am a bit of a nut for clean socks so I had two to three riding socks and then two pairs of socks for when off the bike for lounging or exploring. I found that my go-to brand was WrightSocks, a good friend showed me these around month 5 of my year long moto-trip and they are my everyday sock now. They are get at wicking and comfort;
  • I also am particular about sunscreen. I am pale and burn over tan, so an easy-on sunscreen that does not drip is ideal. I found I like the Neutrogena face stick at 50 spf. Of course, they changed the size of the small stick to what now looks like deodorant but it makes for a good laugh when getting gas and reapplying…as people often wonder what the purpose for deodorant on my face is. We always enjoy a laugh and it is the perfect ice-breaker.

How do you bring things with you?

My Guinness World Record journey over 53,000 miles I used bags from Giant Loop. Specifically the Siskiyou Panniers, Pronghorn Straps, Tillamook Dry Bags, Possibles Pouch, Fandango Tank bag Pro, and the Gear Repair Kit. They now have out a Round the World bag that would be ideal for the long mileage journeys.

When I rode through Pakistan for a few weeks I continued to use the Fandango Tank bag Pro and took the Mojavi Saddlebags combined with the Klamath Tail Rack Pack.

I organize things within the bags with stuff-sacs from REI of varied colors so that when I need clothes I know they are in the white bag, or food is in the green bag. When I went on the road for a year organization was key. The sanity of setting up camp and breaking it down for the next ride day.

I feel like I had the perfect amount of space. When I first started out I had the smaller version of the Tillamook Dry bag and the upgrade to the larger side made it easy to strap it right on top of the panniers. You will always feel like you need more space…that is until you get on the road and then you start to shed. You realize you only need a few shirts and a couple undergarments, all of which can be washed in sinks and quick dry fabrics are best.

When thinking of big trips it is good to look small, what I mean is a lot of what I take on my motorcycle trips are meant for backpacking. They are designed for ease of use, light weight and practicality.

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

As light as you think you are packing, they always say it can go lighter. I have seen people much lighter than me, and much heavier. It will depend on your trip. For example, I did a lot of camping so I had an entire top bag for camping (tent, sleeping bag…etc). I am also a big foodie, and love good food and not over processed, so one of my saddle bags was filled with a variety of home dehydrated foods to make at my campsite. (I used the Jetboil pot and pan) and bought fresh vegi’s and fruit on the road. I did not want to eat out everyday for every meal. If you choose that direction you will have light packs for sure, and a larger budget.

Why you should not pack like everybody else? Really comes down to the fact that it is your journey and your experience. Pack what works for you, do research on the things you would like to include and if you absolutely need to have something…then take it. It is your trip to enjoy, although be mindful of simplicity and practicality, this will go a long way on the open road.

When I was deciding to hit the road I made a commitment to myself. I gave myself a departure date, and I had a hopeful savings goal but even if I was not at the top of my savings goal, I was departing on that day. And that is exactly what I did. The best advice I can give about getting out there is just to do it. Set a date, make a plan, tell people about and then go! You will always regret not going…you will not regret the great adventure you added to your life. Happy riding and see you out there on the road.

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Nikki Misurelli aka AlaskaMotoGirl

I was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA, but I have also lived in many states and countries around the world. I currently reside in Anchorage, Alaska, where I have called home for the past 8+ years. I am in Denver, Colorado, USA at this very moment temporarily working and saving up money for my next world adventures! ‘Home’ is anywhere and everywhere! I am a true free-spirit tumbleweed and I go where the wind blows me. I try to stay flexible and take opportunities as they come.

I randomly became a solo motorcycle adventure tour rider because of my passion for both travel and riding motorcycles. I have been traveling and riding motorcycles for over 13 years, but it was just a few years ago that I decided to combine the two passions and ride my motorcycle around the world long distance. In August of 2015, I had an unexpected injury that limited my mobility for a short time. Before becoming fully recovered, I decided to challenge myself and live life to the fullest by extending my riding season and planning my first long distance motorcycle ride from Alaska to Argentina. Even though I did not complete the entire trip, I still enjoyed that journey and have continued motorcycle touring in other countries around the world! It has just unfolded since then and I hope to do much more in the future!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

One of my favorite uncommon things that I enjoy bringing along on my motorcycle travels is a bag of gifts to give out to people that I meet along the way! This mostly includes small bought gifts from my home (Alaska) and/or my custom-made merchandise (AlaskaMotoGirl stickers, magnets, etc). Being on a motorcycle limits the amounts and sizes that I can bring with me, but I always try to fit a good handful of random items in my bags to give away! Magnets, bookmarks, pens, buttons, stickers, t-shirts, hats, socks, coffee cups, etc.

I also carry a bag of rocks, which most people would probably laugh at me for… but these rocks have a significant purpose and meaning. They are not just any rocks… they are handpicked, bought or found by me, unique, beautiful, colorful “gratitude rocks.” I also give these out as gifts to people that I meet along my travels. The purpose of these rocks is to help remind us to be more grateful in life. 🙂

Other items I bring that may be considered uncommon to travel with on a motorcycle – my hair dryer and straightener, LOL. They’re certainly not necessary and I doubt many motorcycle tour riders bring these items… but it’s just one of those things, which allows me to take time for myself to style my wild hair once in a while! Normally on the road I let my lion mane roar, but sometimes I like to tame it and look and feel civilized while traveling.

How do you bring things with you?

I have a variety of bags, backpacks, saddlebags, containers, etc. that I carry my belongings in on my motorcycle. I don’t actually know the exact brands of everything that I use, because many of them I usually just buy second hand from classified ads or thrift stores.

I usually wear a waterproof UnderArmour backpack with a few random convenient items inside. It mostly stays dry unless I ride through hurricane type downpours (then a few items inside have gotten wet). I also have multiple dry bags, mostly Sea to Summit brand, which have been AMAZING! Great quality and awesome warranties (one time my large 90 liter bag had a defect and they sent me a replacement immediately — great customer service!).

I try to organize my items in smaller dry bags within my large one. They range from 1 liter to 30 liters. I like to use different colors so that I know what each bag contains. I try to keep my clothing items in one drybag. Bras, underwear and socks in another. Electronics and charging cords in another. Tent in one. Sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow in another. Tools in one. Gifts in another, etc.

I sometimes feel that I over-pack but I mostly use 99% of the items that I bring! I tend to max out my space from the start, and I end up returning home from my trips with more than I started with. One thing that people don’t always understand is the limited amount of space that I have on my motorcycle. People that I meet along the way are so kind and try to give me gifts… but unfortunately these gifts are actually more of a nuisance though still a very kind gesture. If you want to treat me to something, lunch or dinner would be a more favorable option, thanks, I literally do NOT have space for more items on my bike! If I add something to my bags, I usually have to remove something else to fit it!

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

There is no exact “right or wrong” way to pack for motorcycle tours, although less is usually more! Customize your packing to your style, desires and needs. Also, take into consideration your destination route, terrain and time frame. Obviously, if you will be in remote areas with no shopping available, you may need an extra supply of emergency food and water or cooking equipment. But if you’re mostly in cities or civilization, stay light and simple and just replenish if/when needed. We are each individuals with unique travel tendencies, but it’s still amazing how little we truly NEED in life. Packing “light” can be challenging because of our natural instinct of ‘what ifs.’ But it’s amazing how well things can usually work out if you just face each situation as it comes and just buy things as needed. It doesn’t take much to start out on a trip. A few articles of clothing, a small hygiene kit is a good start. I suggest duct tape and zip ties, it can usually fix most things; haha.

My best advice for getting out there and following your dreams…. Just do it! It’s not easy, it takes a little bit of courage to drop everything and put your typical life on hold, but you’ll see that it’s worth it. It’s scary to think of “what ifs” and it’s easy to talk yourself out of your dreams by making excuses… time, money, people, fears, health, etc. But if you really want it, you just have to face it, make sacrifices and go. If you want something bad enough, you will do everything possible to make it happen. Life is meant to be LIVED! Explore, dream, ride.

Visit Nikki Misurelli aka AlaskaMotoGirl’s website

Jeremy Albelda

I was born in Philadelphia and spent my twenties in Miami for university and a while after. I currently reside in Mexico City and currently write from there now! I had always been interested in motor-powered vehicles. My parents were dumb enough to buy me a Go-Ped when I was 13 and I used to terrorize the neighborhood on it (until they made me sell it). I then spent a lot of time traveling in South East Asia where I learned how to ride smaller motorcycle with semi-automatic clutches. After that I was hooked and signed up for my motorcycle skills course in Miami in 2012. Ever since then I’ve been hooked and have owned six to seven bikes since then. I currently own four at the moment.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

  • trash bag (I really don’t pack much gear. I like to just head out and if I break down or need something, part of the adventure is dealing with that stuff;
  • Backup battery for my cell phone;
  • Wipies (never know when you’re gonna have to deuce in the middle of nowhere or need to clean off your visor, etc.

I see people with an absurd amount of gear and look more like robocop than a motorcyclist. I’m more of a minimalist. I hate the feeling of being bogged down on a bike. That’s the point, freedom!

How do you bring things with you?

I usually just bungee a backpack to the sissy bar of my Harley. I usually take that bike (an Iron 883) on longer rides as all of my other bikes are vintage and I don’t trust them much more than a few miles from my apartment.

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

I basically just bring my ride jeans and a pair of jeans for when I’m not riding, sports-type shirts that are good for sweat, a hoody and my leather.

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Campbell Price

I grew up on a farm in rural Australia and have been riding dirt bikes and then dual sport bikes for as long as I can remember. I’m not the best rider in the world or the best mechanic… actually far from it, but I love to ride and I love to travel. Adventure touring just seemed like a natural progression.

Apart from Australia, my riding has taken me all across the Americas, through parts of Asia, South Africa, Europe and the UK.

I am now based in London and don’t get to ride as much as I used to, so I’m now focused on a couple of websites that help others get out there and explore. Adventuremotorcycletravel.com offers advice and inspiration, no matter how/where you want to ride and Yellow Yeti Travel offers self-guided motorcycle tours around the world.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

  • Laptop – not always that practical, but I find that if I don’t write about my trip when I am actually on the road, I’ll never do it;
  • Small cargo net – Great for stuffing your layers (or waterproofs) in for easy access if the weather is constantly changing. Also good for securing shopping/supplies when your main luggages is full you need some temporary storage or drying items when your on the road. I once used it for a whole box of beers, but certainly not something I recommend;
  • Small waterproof camera on a lanyard, that goes around my neck. Even if you have a better camera or use your phone, I find this great for impromptu snaps when you don’t have time to get something else out or even take off your gloves.

How do you bring things with you?

I started off back in the day fashioning some panniers out of 20l jerry cans that I put on racks on the side of my bike. Not great, but did the job. After that I used aluminium panniers and a waterproof duffel bag over the back of the seat. This used to be a 50L Denali brand, but is now a slightly smaller North Face bag, which was a gift. I had all of the stuff that I didn’t really care too much about in the locked panniers and then my essentials and valuables in the duffel, which I could just unstrap off the bike and carry if I had to leave the bike somewhere for a short period. Hard cases are fine, but I now prefer soft (I have Wolfman Expedition bags) as they are lighter and a bit more forgiving if they strike some brush or your leg.I also have a Giant Loop Diablo Tank Bag Pro for my paperwork/travel docs (in ziplock bags), wallet, phone and any maps/instructions to sense check my GPS if I am in the bush/offroad.

In terms of organising things in the bags, I like to compartmentalised with smaller bags (either fabric or waterproof, depending on the item). I like to have things in waterproof bags inside so that moisture doesn’t find its way in on the road or when you have to open the bags to get something (like your waterpoof layers) in the middle of the rain. When packing, try to think about that day and the next, packing the items that I use the least (camping gear, tools, etc) at the bottom and extra layers, waterproofs, food/water at the top.

Regarding space – I’ve always found that space is a vacuum and you will always fill it if it is there, so try to keep the size of things manageable and you will find a way to get everything that you actually need in there.

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

Early on I was certainly guilty of carrying tools for the sake of it, because others did or I thought that you should, without really needing them. Now I also make sure that I mark all of the tools in the tool box (with different coloured tape), to designate if they are either essential for all rides or just required for longer trips. No more taking sockets of all sizes, when I only need three for the bike. See previous comment about not being a natural mechanic! Also, if you are riding in a group, you don’t all need to bring the common tools. Share the load.

Another thing that I try to do with tools (or indeed any item) is make sure it does at least two jobs, before it makes the cut. It might not be the choice if you were in your workshop, so long as it will do the job in a bind.

When it comes to camping gear, always buy the best you can afford. Not only does it normally mean you will have a better night’s sleep (essential for concentration), but it generally means each item will be smaller. Even if I am not planning on camping I will sometimes carry a small tent and sleeping bag for shelter if things don’t go to plan.

When it comes to food preparation, this tends to be some of the heaviest bulkiest gear and in my opinion, best avoided unless you are going out into the absolute wilderness for more than two consecutive nights. Even if you are staying away from it all, a lot of the time you can grab something in a town you pass through that will keep for the evening.

Finally, some advice on getting out there. Just do it. Get the bike and the bare essentials and start doing trips, rather than waiting until you have all the gear. You will soon work out what you really need, then buy the best you can afford as and when you need it. Start with less than add to it. If you do it the other way around, you will only end up with a super heavy bike laden with things you don’t need and that’s neither safe nor fun.

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Safia Miletus aka Vagabondesss

I am from Toronto, Ontario (Canada), and am currently visiting family in Texas, USA!

So, how did I become a motorcycle traveler? I impulsively bought a red motorcycle one day (in 2014) and named her Cardinal. A couple of months later, I packed up and rode off to explore the US for six months. It turned my life upside down and taught me how to spend as little as $500 per month traveling on basic expenses! I soon decided that my life would be best lived on the road.

More than anything, I want to ride a motorcycle around the world (or even use other modes of transportation), no matter what it takes, and I want to absorb and record every juicy detail! I discovered my intense love for solo travel at 19, when I abandoned my life in Toronto, and flew away to Egypt for nearly a year. I’ve only been to 11 countries so far, but I believe that life and travel should be measured in experiences. So far I have only ridden my motorcycle around North America (including AK).

Overall, I’ve travelled by car, bus, train, airplane, and boat, but motorcycle travel is simply my favourite!

Here is some more about me.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

Three things that have been absolutely crucial on my motorcycle camping adventures, which I at first didn’t think I’d really even use:

  • An emergency sleeping bag (made out of the same material an emergency blanket is made of, but is much more durable). It’s very cheap, packable, and lasts awhile. I pretty much used it as a sleeping bag liner. Without it, there is no way I would have been able to sleep in cold temperatures comfortably in my so-called “winter” sleeping bag when I was doing my Alaska trip;
  • A camping stove. I actually never cook food with it. I just use it to make coffee! So it’s not really a necessity at all, but it is my favourite luxury, that’s for sure! Warm (but instant) coffee on a cool morning is the coziest thing in the world! 😀 It’s useless but worth the weight;
  • My kindle e-reader. Sometimes I am in areas with no service (stuck in my tent in heavy rain, perhaps?), so when I need to entertain myself, I either take pictures, draw, play with make-up, or read. I can’t really carry books with me because they are so heavy, but with my kindle, I can have thousands of books!

I think everyone has a different idea of what is useful or useless. Some other motorcycle tourers may carry items with them I personally wouldn’t find useful, but they would! And I certainly carry things that others might consider useless, but those things have enough value to me to be worth carrying. So I think each traveler needs to figure out through trial and error what is or is not worth carrying! If you don’t use something after a couple months of travel, dump it. Then buy it later if you really need it.

For example… I do not carry a rain suit, which most riders consider a huge necessity. Why? I am a slow traveler and rarely ride in the rain if I don’t have to. So eventually, my bulky rain suit became a waste of space, so I gave it away. I also didn’t wear it because I felt too claustrophobic in it!

How do you bring things with you?

At this time, I am in the process of replacing most of my motorcycle luggage, and the only thing I would like to recommend is my magnetic tank bag. It’s MASSIVE, and has survived everything I’ve put it though so far! It’s extremely high quality and worth every penny, in my opinion (I bought it used though). It’s made by “Cargo Endurance”, I believe, and is made in the UK.

I feel like I carry the most I can comfortably carry on my motorcycle at this time. Obviously I wish I could pack more (since I live out of my bags and have been for years now), but for now I will just fit what I can! My favourite way to organize is by using ziplock bags to categorize everything and make it easier to find things.. I also put the heaviest items in my saddle bags and my tank bag. My duffel bag has the lightest items.

Here is a complete list of my luggage and everything I pack.

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

To pack lighter, try to buy the “backpacking” versions of camping items. They are usually more expensive, but are much lighter and more compact. Also try to buy things that are multifunctional. Occasionally go through all your luggage and dump things you are not using. Buy foods that are dense and high in calories to save on space.

If you want to stop dreaming and start doing, then read blogs and watch videos about motorcycle travel. Go to events and meet people who have done it. At least try and talk to some of them online if you can. Join motorcycle travel FB groups. Also, just do it. If you wait for circumstances to be perfect, or for you to feel “ready”, the you may never go. I am always very scared on the first day of big trips. I know many motorcycle travellers who procrastinated for years before they finally went. It’s normal to be scared and worry about not being prepared enough. It doesn’t mean you should play it safe and delay your travels. Just do it! 🙂

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Greg Toope

I’m from Ottawa and currently reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My travel almost always starts from my home and ventures outwards. The majority of my trips have been either south, taking me into the northern states or east.

I really got turned on to motorcycle touring when I did a weekend trip from my home in Ottawa to North Conway, New Hampshire. We did this trip over a 4-day weekend and it really just sparked something in me. I just love the travel and being able to see parts of the country and especially from the saddle of a motorcycle.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

Always bring the tools that you need for your bike. Not just the standard stuff, but making sure that you have the correct size sockets for all the things that can possibly go wrong. Like for your wheels if you happen to run flat.

Another simple one is a nice small portable umbrella. Don’t go bike just something small. But you can almost guarantee that you are gonna get rained on if you do a long enough ride. Having an umbrella for when you stop or even for when you are changing into your rain gear can be super helpful.

A small pack of Nutrigrain bars and NUUN water tablets. When riding you don’t always want to have long stops so having something that you can snack on that is super simple is great. Also, the NUUN water tablets get added to your water bottle. These will help replenish your electrolytes and help keep you from dehydrating. It’s definitely one of the biggest things that happen to people that are doing a long distance ride is to not drink enough water. Adding these tablets to your water can be a huge help.

How do you bring things with you?

I usually just carry the standard saddlebags and a top case that came with my bike. for me, these were made by Givi. Each of them are 40+ litres each so, for the most part, I have plenty of storage. Depending on how long you are riding for this can be more than enough space. But for someone like me who likes to bring a tonne of camera gear, this can take up a lot of my space. Plus I usually fill one bag with rain gear and tools.

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

Biggest tip is to not push your limits. It is definitely possible to ride for 800-1000kms per day, but each day you do that you leave yourself no time to see the sights and actually enjoy the areas that you are travelling through. Also, you will become more exhausted every day. Find a nice achievable distance. Give yourself time so that if something goes wrong it won’t completely mess up your plans.

Also, getting a tune-up before you leave is a great idea, but not if you are doing it THE night before. Give yourself time to take your bike our after the tune-up so that you can make sure that everything is running the way it should be.

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Warren Massey

I began riding, according to my mom, at about age five. Some of my best memories as a kid involve motorcycles. My dad was a Honda guy and we had a variety of trail bikes including the iconic Honda Trail 90. I enjoyed motorcycles so much as kid my High School class ring had a dirt bike on it.

I currently live in Northern Virginia after 25 years in the US Army.

My wife and I enjoy traveling and the motorcycle seemed to be the best way to do so. The motorcycle gets you in the air with all the sites and smells (mostly good LOL) as if you were in the movie and not watching the movie.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all motorcycle tourers bring?

  • A form fitted seat cover. We use this to cover the seat at the end of day, so if it rains the seat will stay dry. No one likes a soaked seat that makes your pants wet 10 minutes into the ride.
  • Prescription glasses. I wear contacts almost exclusively, and carry spare lens just in case. But having a pair of prescription glasses (shatterproof, transition lens with a eye cavity seal) is a great precaution. I have not had to resort to them yet, but just in case.
  • A miniature socket set. About the size of my hand that allows me to tighten anything that comes loose. It has coming in handy several time. Carrying this tool came as a result of a part coming loose that required me to call for a tow because I did not have the right tool.

Must useless…. Garbage bags! I have seen people carry these in lieu of rain suits. They don’t work people! Buy a dang rain suit.

How do you bring things with you?

We ride a Harley Ultra Limited, their big touring model.

In the saddle bags we use “Saddlemen” saddle bag luggage. Well made with quality zippers that hold up.

In the tour Pak (or top box) we use a Harley Davidson Tour Pak lid organizer to hold tools, glasses, first aid kit, sunscreen, etc. We also have a Kuryakyn tour pak luggage bag, which does not appear to be made any longer.

On top of the tour pak we use a Viking Bags Universal Fit Tail Bag. This is a great item in which we store those thing that might need quick access like rain suits!

So we have four bags to carry into a hotel while traveling, each one loaded with what we need for the trip. Our clothing goes into our respective saddle bags, the tour pak bag is only 1/2 packed with toiletries. Only 1/2 packed because we know we will buy a few things while touring.

I feel the Ultra limited and our gear give us the necessary room to enjoy a three-week tour with no issue, longer if we can get to a washing machine!

What are your top tips for other motorcycle tourers?

My tips:

1 – Pack everything you can into your bags. 2 – Take out 1/3 of the clothing. 3 – Use zip lock bags for toothpaste, etc. because they will leak. 4 – Leave pills in their original containers in case you get in to a problem with law enforcement. 5 – Buy boots that are comfortable so you will not need a pair of shoes.

What do touring couples do wrong? They ride too long. Especially in areas that are hot, start early in the morning and end the day a bit earlier they you would like to. This will stop any bickering and give you time to do your pre-ride inspections in the evening after a nice shower and diner. If you ride to long in the heat the sniping and bickering will make the trip much less fun.

As for getting out and doing a tour, start with long weekend rides. Pick a cool destination and just go, does not matter the miles. After a few weekend trips, you will have figured out what to pack and now can plan on a week long get away.

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