Camping is an enjoyable activity which will allow you to see more of the world and experience the beauty of nature. This is usually done by setting up a tent, a hammock, or a sleeping bag in a suitable camping ground where you can feel the presence of nature.
To spice things up, why don’t you camp with a motorcycle instead of an RV or a car? It will let you be more exposed to the many elements found in nature, as well as give you more freedom to explore nature and learn a few more things.
Here are five quick tips to guide you if you ever want to try this rare type of camping:
1. Check if your motorcycle is in good condition.
If you’re planning to go on a motorcycle camping trip, the first thing you need to make sure of is the condition of your motorcycle.
Since we call it “motorcycle camping”, the key factor will have to be the motorcycle you use. Check every aspect of your motorcycle and determine if everything is working perfectly.
Nothing will be more of a hassle than stopping in the middle of the road going to your destination due to vehicle problem. Also, make sure that you have enough fuel to keep you going until you can return home.
If possible, bring an extra liter of fuel that you can use in times of need.
2. Know what to pack and pack it lightly.
Another thing you ought to learn if you want to have a successful motorcycle camping trip is to know what to pack and how to pack lightly.
One main aspect that differentiates motorcycle camping from the normal type of camping is limited amount of baggage you can bring. Since the vehicle is quite small and does not have much room for luggage, it would be better to pick the most necessary thing to bring.
For instance, taking a small knife would be handy in multiple situations, which includes cooking, preparing, and doing repairs. You should determine which thing can be used for multiple purposes to lessen the baggage.
Moreover, don’t bring too much clothes if possible. Bring only a few which you can change into when you really need to. For toiletries and such, buy several small travel bottles that will keep you supplied while taking only a small space from your saddle bags.
3. Bring compact sleeping equipment.
For sleeping equipment, it would be better to bring foldable tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats (the ones which can be folded). It will be easier to pack and bring with the motorcycle.
Other varieties take up too much space and are impractical to bring. With this, you can simply tie it up with a rope in the passenger seat or in the rack and you’re ready to go.
4. Look for recipes that are easy to cook.
If you want to complete your camping experience, then you’ll surely want to cook a meal or two using camp fires. However, due to luggage restrictions, it will be difficult to bring all the things you can ever need for cooking.
Thus, for this, you should research on a few practical recipes, which you can cook using the minimal things possible.
If you can find a few recipes that will require only one pot and one or two utensils, then it will be better to use those.
5. Bring several navigation tools.
Lastly, since you are planning to go on a camping trip with a motorcycle instead of a car, you need to bring a few navigation tools with you. Many cars have their own installed GPS that will guide you towards your destination with the least bit of confusion.
However, this is not the case with motorcycles. So, it will really help if you bring a map and a compass along. It’s not that hard to carry but is still efficient in doing its functions, if you only know how to use it. If you don’t, you can always learn. It’s easy and fun.
Some might say that camping through a motorcycle is no different from camping on RV’s and tents. However, you won’t really appreciate it if you haven’t tried it at least once.
So, why not start planning your first motorcycle camping trip? You might even enjoy it and crave for it.