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Motorcycle Road Trip Packing List - What Do I Need?


Jake T · May 27, 2021

Before setting off on any road trip, it's good practice to run through a checklist to ensure you're not missing any essentials. We've put together a quick list that we feel every rider should take with them, to get the most out of your 2 wheel adventure.

Helmet - Make sure the motorcycle helmet you take is comfortable and fits you well, you’re going to be spending a good few hours in it so don't take one that pinches or pulls on points on your head. Think about the type of roads you’ll be riding, lots of motorways? Make sure your helmet is comfortable and quiet at high speeds.

Best Motorcycle Helmets for Road Trips:


Clear visor- Might be an obvious one but if you’re riding at night then you’re going to want to make sure you can see.

Dark visor- On those brighter days a dark visor can help take the strain off your eyes when riding for long periods, sunglasses would do the job depending on what style of helmet you prefer.

2 Pairs Of Gloves - A decent pair of summer gloves can never go a miss, keeping your hands cool and comfortable for when the temperature rises. Although, with the temperamental weather in the UK it would be wise to pack a pair of warm waterproof gloves as well. We always recommend packing two pairs of gloves, just in case!

Best Motorcycle Gloves for Road Trips:

Waterproof Clothing - Now if you’re going to be doing a few miles it's always a good idea to have some decent waterproofs handy in case you get caught in some bad weather. If you don't want to fork out for full waterproof textiles then you can just pack waterproofs or a rain suit that packs down small and will go over the top of your existing riding gear.

Best Waterproof Clothing for Road Trips:

Waterproof Boots - Having wet feet whilst riding miles on end can be a truly miserable experience, so a good pair of waterproof boots are highly recommended to keep those feet dry and you happy.

Best Waterproof Motorcycle Boots for Road Trips:

RST Boots

Layer up - Be prepared for all riding conditions by packing a variety of layers that will keep you warm on those colder days and quick to whip off for when you get a little warmer. A windproof jacket/gilet will always come in handy on a long trip.

Best Base Layers for Road Trips:

Motorcycle Phone Mount: - If you’re wanting to use your phone to navigate your journey then a phone mount is a must. Make sure it's securely mounted to your handlebars and positioned within an easy glance of your eye line.

TOP TIP: Always make sure you know the number for emergency services and try to mentally note the last village/town name you passed through should you get into any issues.

Portable Charger - Always handy for keeping your devices charged up when on the road.

Tools : - A tool roll containing essential tools for your bike will always be handy to help get you out of any sticky situations you may find yourself in. Sockets, wrench, spanners and Allen keys will probably be the most useful to include.

ToolStashTorch - Just in case of a breakdown or even just to find your way back to your tent a torch is always useful.

Energy Bars - Vital for those who get snacky. It's always good to pack some emergency snack bars to make sure you’re keeping those energy levels up and stay focussed in between cafe stops.

Gaffer Tape - One of the most useful materials known to man, Gaffer tape can be useful for emergency fixes which will get you by until you’re able to do a proper job. *** Don’t mix it up with duct tape as this could cause damage to your bike and leave a horrible residue when removed.

Carrier Bags - Always useful to keep your gear in overnight to make sure you don't wake up to soggy clothes and if you forget your waterproof boots, pop the bags over your feet and slip them into your boots to help keep them dry.

Luggage - You’ve got to get all that gear packed in safely on your motorcycle so having some good panniers/bags are a must. You’re going to want to make sure they’re strong, sturdy and as with most things….waterproof. It's important that any luggage you take on your bike is fastened down correctly and won’t cause any danger to your ride.

Best Motorcycle Luggage for Road Trips:

Visor cleaner - We all come out of the woodwork in the summer and so do the insects, which can quickly get collected on your visor. Keep your vision clear and make sure you’re riding safely by packing some visor cleaner and make sure you wipe down your helmet and visor when you can


Chain Lube - Make sure your chain is flowing freely and not clogged with any dirt from the road. It’s good practice to check over your chain before you head off but make sure you pack a Mini Chain Lube Kit for when you’re on the road.

It's also worth double checking you have the correct insurance for the area you’re travelling to and we’d highly recommend taking out breakdown cover if you don't already have it in place

All that's left now is to get out on the road and enjoy the adventure. If you don't have a destination already check out some of our favourite routes and our Top Motorcycle Rides in the UK.

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.