Here's a quick brush up with tips & tricks to set you up for success on your next two wheel camping trip.
1-2 Weeks Prior to Departure
- Have your bike serviced BEFORE you head out. Make sure that baby is tuned up and roadworthy! You are responsible for your own bike to, from, and during the event.
- Check your motorcycle insurance (does it have roadside assistance? get familiar with your options before you come) If not, add the $35 100 mile moto towing to your AAA package. It's good for a year and YES, I have had to use mine before and it's saved me a ton of cash. If you bike breaks down, this is like having a guardian angel. We are not responsible for towing your bike or getting you to the event or home after the event.
- Pack your bike and test out your tie downs / strapping system
- A mask & hand sanitizer (just in case)
- Sleeping Pad - this thermal layer will keep you warm and give you a bit of extra comfort. We personally use Big Agnes Q-Core Deluxe
- Sleeping Bag + Camp pillow - quality is everything. If you live in Southern Ca, think about investing in a 30 degree style bag. The Big Agnes Fish Hawk 30. It’s light weight and packs down super small
- Eye mask and ear plugs. Trust us! You will never have a more blissful sleep!
- Headlamp- LED is the best way to go. You’ll need this especially going back and forth between camp & stage area + those late night porto potty trips.
- Water bottle - We are trying to leave 0 trace! Please bring your own water bottle for mixed drinks, free water re-fills, and tasters!
- Wet wipes / face wipes - My go to is Burt’s Bees wipes. They will save your life if you remember to use them each night to wipe the dirt off
- Toiletries + EXTRA toilet paper. It's for your own good.
- Extra fuel if you have a small tank
- Clothes for hot AF days and cool nights (HOT TIP! Waterproof compression sacks can fit everything you need and more at a fraction of the space). Toss in a bandanna too. Don't pack too much, clean underwear is key. Pants, shirts, etc can be worn over and over. The weather will be hot then cool so check out Atwyld’s assortment of pants and their new riding jackets!
- Zip ties
- A couple of sandwich bags in case it rains and you need to create a waterproof way of carrying your iphone.
- Battery or AUX phone charger as there is no power sockets available to attendees
- Tool kit / roll
- Swimsuit if you plan on getting in the water + micro fiber towel for showers (they dry super fast and pack down great!)
- Flip flops (super shitty ones you don't mind losing)
- $$ always have cash on you no matter what. A lot of times banks will cut off your card as you nickel and dime your visa at the gas pump or a state park will require a small fee.
- Camera or GoPro
- Positive mental attitude. Be nice, make friends at the gas station, and be courteous to the hosts wherever you are staying. There's a good chance you'll want someone to watch your stuff if you go on a day ride from your camping spot.
- Packing Your Motorcycle Safely. We can't stress how important it is to check and recheck your gear to make sure it's secure.
- Keep a print out of directions and emergency #s on you
- Plan your gas stops (ALWAYS)
- Give your travel plans to a family member
- Bring at least $20 in ones. Sometimes beaches and parks have paid parking only.
- Bring a battery pack to charge phones. My moto has an adapter so I can charge while riding. See if that is an option for you, it changed my life! If not, look into OutdoorTech’s battery chargers. I always bring mine as a back up.
- Call your bank and let them know you are traveling. When you nickel and dime the gas pump to fill up your moto, banks sometimes think it’s fraud and will cut your card off.
- HYDRATE! Drink water at every single stop you make and stay hydrated at the event. I drink about a gallon of water a day while at BRO.
- Create a icloud folder to share your trip among friends! These memories will last a lifetime
- Weather: As always, check the weather before you roll