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Motorcycle Camping List - By Ren Withnell

This is a complete list of things to take camping.  It does NOT mean you should take ALL this stuff with you, you should alter the list according to your needs and how long you are camping for.  I print it off, cross out what I don't need then pack what I do.  IT stops me sitting on the campsite with my stove, billy can, a tin of beans and some bread...wondering how the hell I'm going to open the tin with no can opener...DOH!

Please let me know of anything you would add to this list.

Actual Camping Gear
1. Tent
2. Sleeping Bag(s)
3. Airbed / Ground Roll / Ground Mat
4. Torch
5. Hammer (for tent pegs)

1. Stove
2. Pipe To Fill Stove
3. Billy Can / Pan
4. Knife / Fork / Spoon
5. Cup
6. Teabags / Milk / Sugar
7. Food
8. Soap For Cleaning
9. Lighter for Stove (thanks Wolfy)
10. Can Opener (thanks gazza)
11. Spare stove gas

1. Paracetamol
2. Toothbrush
3. Toothpaste
4. Soap
5. Sponge / Flannel
6. Earplugs
7. Shampoo
8. Towel
9. Dressings and Tape
10. Lip Balm
11. Hair Brush
12. Immodium (Anti Bad Guts Medicine)
13. Toilet Roll (thanks "Flying" Cyril Benn)

1. Trousers
2. T-shirts
3. Shorts
4. Leggings / Long Johns
5. Jumpers
6. Hat
7. Sunglasses
8. Walking Boots
9. Socks
10. Bike Jacket
11. Bike Trousers
12. Bike Boots
13. Scarf / Neck Warmer
14. Helmet
15. Bike Gloves

1. Spanners Various Sizes
2. Screwdrivers Various
3. MultiTool
4. Zip Ties
5. Insulation Tape
6. Small Superglue
7. Pliers
8. TyreWeld
9. Cable Repair Kit
10. Allen Key Set
11 Spare Fuses
12. Spare Spark Plug(s)
13. Spare Light Bulbs
14. Lubricant for chain (I take a small pot of grease)

1. Lock And Chain
2. Spare Set Of Keys For Everything

1. Camera
2. Batteries
3. MP3 Player / Recorder
4. Mobile Phone
5. Mobile Phone Charger
6. Wallet Including Cards And Money
7. Emergency Phone Numbers
 8. Documents (Driving Licence / Insurance / Tax / MOT / Green Card / Tickets / Passport)(
9. Compass (thanks merciel)
10. Map(s) (thanks zedder )
11. Reflective/Flourescent bib/jacket (Legal requirement in France now - check online)
12. Breathalyser (Legal requirement in France now - check online)
 13. Photocopies of documents (Handy for authorities in some countries)(Thanks Badger)

Additional Suggestions from Richard F

1. Poles and pegs for the tent (yeah I have been on a trip where someone was suppose to be bringing the poles and didn’t)
2. Silk liner for the sleeping bag - keeps it fresher and can be used in those dodgy hotels.Easy to wash on the go.
3. Pillow - small foldable foam thing which can be squashed down.
4. Portable chair.
5. Clothes pegs and some line - I took a spare guide rope for the tent so it doubled up.
6. Small flask - allowed me to carry milk as I never needed a whole pint for breakfast.
7. Emergency food (boil in the pot-hiking stuff) - saved me a few times when the shops were shut. It's quite nice actually especially the meat balls.
8. Personal Glasses (reading etc) - spare sets required in many countries I also needed my spares as I stood on my glasses and broke my best set.
9. Original Registration doc for the bike - required in many countries.
10. Fold- up trowel - for those emergency stops! Fortunately mine is still nice and shiny and in the bag for the next trip.
11. First Aid kit.
12. Head torch - so much easier to be hands free.
13. Motor oil for top up (I also keep that in a small screw lid pot)
14. Dry bags.
15. Ruck sack with hydration bladder for on the go drinks. Also added some runners tabs to improve taste and reduce the chance of cramp.
16. Solar battery pack.
17. Cargo net - for drying the wet clothes on the run.
18. Gorilla and electrical tape.

Reader's Comments

Russ said :- need a car! ;)
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
EclecticDawn said :-
Whenever we camp, we use biodegradable soap. It comes in a tube and can be found in the outdoors section of department stores or at camp supply places. It can be used for dishes, hands, hair, face, etc. This way we can clean up right at the campsite without hurting Mother Nature.

Another tip would be to remove the batteries from your flashlight before packing it on your motorcycle. Sometimes the switch will turn on from being moved around in the luggage, which could result in dead batteries and no light when you need it!
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
"Flying" Cyril Benn said :-
I always take a loo roll, it gets used on most camps.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
merciel said :-
Hi I'm just starting to get my stuff ready for summer and your list has helped I have just added cumpass/cable handsaw depending wear your going
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
zedder said :-
take a map of the area you visiting, they keep working when the sat nav stops.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Badger said :-
Take a couple of copies of all documents and offer with the originals to save the officials some time.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Wolfy said :-
Omg do you really need that lot?

get rid of Soap, Tooth brush, Tooth paste, Ear plugs, Shampoo, Lip balm, Hair brush, Spanners (replace with 2 adjustables)
Add:- loo roll, AA / RAC coveage, wind proof lighter
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
gazza said :-
great basic list for camping,we used this list for the tt,now we are going to the farmyard party tomorrow thought i would just post a thankyou.

ps only thing i would add is an army type can opener :)
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Gary said :-
I always sew my spare keys into my bike jacket. That way they should never get lost - unless you lose your jacket, of course.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Doug said :-
I would add...
Wet Ones. Handy for a quick freshen up before crawling into the sleeping bag, or cleanup before eating.
Alcohol hand gel. Cleanup, and fire starter.
Dental floss. As well as tooth duty, handy for kit repairs - tent, sleeping bag, clothes etc. Take a needle too.
Duct tape, paracord, brass wire. More repairing goodness.
Bin bags or if room, rubble sacks. Sit on them, wear them, put things in them, cover things with them. Also emergency roadside toilet for when the Immodium fails when cycling around the Somme. Don't ask.
Pack of cards. Small notepad and pen.
Small string of IKEA LED fairy lights. Just a personal fave, not as harsh as a lantern or torch, and lasts ages.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Doug...your emergency toilet sounds like one bad, rough and thoroughly unpleasant day...eeeeeewww!

The gf takes wet wipes for a "wash". I like the Alcohol hand cleaner idea, when cooking it'd be nice to know at least my paws are germ free it nothing else.

As for the fairy lights this very weekend we both struggled with the regular torch, too bright in one spot, no light elsewhere. My worry though is how much space would a pack of fairy lights take up? Maybe the narrow "string" lights could pack up real small. Hmmmm got me thinking there.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Doug said :-
The ones I have pack small; whilst I can't see them on the IKEA site any more here are the same things on Amazon :-
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
TOP MAN DOUG! I'll set the gf onto that...she'll love 'em.
01/01/2000 00:00:00 UTC

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