There’s hardly anything that can beatthe feeling that comes from cruising on motorcycle from city to city and terrain to terrain. It’s that feeling of pure unadulterated joy and untamable freedom. You know you can’t let anything come in between you and this glorious happiness. Then why would you allow something as redundant and cumbersome as extra baggage come in your way? Ease up on the panniers. We tell you how to golight with this awesome checklist.
No matter what sort of a trip it is, clothing is something impossible to do without. When it comes to packing clothes, there’s always that ‘more is less’ feeling. After all, being stuck in the middle of nowhere with hardly any clothes isn’t the most glamorous situations to be in. However, it is also one hell of an inconvenience to carry extra clothes, since they’re pretty space-hogging. Follow layered clothing like a religion; not only do they act as protection from the elements of nature, but also ease off on the luggage. Ideally, you should carry. 2 t-shirts, 1 sweatshirt, two pair of socks, rain jacket and pants, 3 pairs of underwear, woolen gloves, and anything that accurately means “essential” to you.
(Quick tip: Go for merino wool clothing. Itis super-light and odor-proof, making it the best choice for days when laundry service isn’t really available).
Biking gear and accessories
These are important too. Of course, you’ll survive without them, but the trip just won’t be that easy. Hardcore motorcyclists will understand the importance of riding gloves, boots, a bandana and a pair of awesome sunglasses that fit like a dream and are low maintenance.
Long distance trips require taking breaks, and more often than not that somewhere will be out in the open lands, under the starry sky, with no motel or mortal in sight. This calls for camping gear. You’ll need a camping tent (make sure it’s compact and lightweight), a groundsheet, a sleeping bag and mats, a flashlight or more conveniently, a head-torch. Also, carry a Swiss knife, garbage bags and a lighter; these always come in handy.
Carry the ready-to-eat packets, granola bars, cups, sporks, some energy drinks and any food that’s high on energy and will keep you feeling full for long. Pick only what you need, not what you want. You can always replenish your food stock at the local eateries you’ll find along the way.
It’s best to stay prepared with the right weaponry, in case anything ever goes wrong with your bike. However, you don’t have to carry the whole load along. Just pack a wrench, screwdrivers, a patch kit, compression straps, duct tape, nylon string, pliers and spare bolts and screws.
(Quick tip: The best way to carry minimum tools is to repair your bike to perfection before the trip can even begin.
A fully charged smartphone with an active GPS and spare batteries for the phone and flashlight are necessary. Also, see if you can get your hands on some portable charger. In addition, don’t forget your toiletries and tissues, a first aid kit, your photo id, necessary documents and a list of emergency contact numbers.
The ultimate key is to be willing to live like a hermit on the move, with no wants or attachments to the luxuries of material world. It’s challenging and difficult, but hey, that’s what makes this experience so amazing and life-changing.