How to Pack Right for a Short Motorcycle Trip

I know how challenging it is to pack for a short motorcycle trip. I have had it more difficult when going on a lightweight off-road bike. What I have discovered over the years is you need to be a pro in packing light and right. Don’t over pack, it’s just a short trip. Here are some must-haves that I have learned over time. I hope they are resourceful to you.

Motorcycle Trip

Be realistic

It’s only fair to be realistic about the amount of load that your bike can carry. You still want to enjoy your trip so keep in mind the smaller the bike the lighter your load. I am not saying a bigger bike will be all rosy. Pushing gunwales and luggage on your bike isn’t fun especially when going off the backtop. I know how exciting camping can be and sleeping under canvas. When you add a few days of rain, the excitement of packing it all up goes off the window.

Rather than carrying an entire camping gear on your back, look for B&Bs or guest houses. You still need to carry clothes, water, snacks, and grooming essentials. A little help in making your load lighter goes a long way.


You never know what might happen en route. Having a great toolkit for unexpected repairs and adjustments is a must. Ensure you have a working toolkit that’s in good condition. From specific wheel spindle spanners to plug spanners, washers, fasteners, bolts, zip ties, rubber gloves, and other adventure essentials. Also, your toolkit should be easily accessible as you don’t want to be unpacking your clothes on the trail.

However, ensure you have checked your bike before going for a motorcycle trip and replace any worn-out parts at your OEM motorcycle parts dealer.

Spread your load

What you pack and where you pack it is an important factor to consider when packing. There are many available bags to cater to your travel essentials from fender packs to rucksacks, roll tubes, and tank bags. Keep in mind that heavy things like tools and chains should be packed at the base of the bag. Also, they should be held close to the bike’s tank or seat and not be carried on your back or mudguards.

Ensure your luggage is protected from dust, mud, and water. A waterproof bag is your best bet.

Fluid replacement

Remember you are not the only one traveling and getting thirsty. Your bike needs some fluid replacement too. Buy yourself some travel bottles that are light as you don’t want to weigh yourself down. Fill them up with your engine and brake or clutch fluids. Get those little tins of chain tube. Also, do your maintenance at the end of every day during your motorcycle trip.