A good ride is a priceless experience. To ensure that your bike trip is smooth and easy, a good amount of preparation is needed. There will be those “you-never-know” moments when you wished you knew how to tie a knot or had paid attention while your wound was being dressed, or things that never made it to your list. Here’s a lowdown on the absolute must-haves for your bike trip. Segregate most important items to carry in your tote bag to carry on your body and the rest of the stuff in other saddle bags on your bike. Bags with zippered expandable sides are useful. Bags must be durable, rugged and lightweight. If your ride is really long you must factor in laundry at your pit stop.
Extra pair of jeans, T shirts, sweater, warm inners, socks, handkerchief, face towels, slippers, sweatshirt, skullcaps, raincoat, riding gloves or woollen gloves.
Always keep these essential medical supplies with you so that in case of an emergency you can tend an injury till professional help is available.
First aid kit: Cotton, gauze, antiseptic ointment, Dettol, surgical tape, pain relieving spray or ointment, aspirin, tweezers. Keep some soothing eye drops like iTone or even applicaps, just in case the wind and the dust cause eye irritation.
Hygiene basics: Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, chapstick, Boroline, moisturiser, ear buds, tooth brush and toothpaste.
Bike basics: OEM toolkit, spark plug, spare tube, engine oil, electrical tape, M seal, steel wire, Foot pump or electric pump, spare motorcycle key, tubeless puncture repair kit, tyre irons and valve key, reflecting stickers.
Chargers for all gadgets, Spare camera batteries, memory cards, mobile phone and power banks.
Torch and compass are good things to carry to help you out of any eventuality.
Documents and ids
Driving license, motorcycle insurance papers, medical insurance card, maps and itinerary, secondary id. RC of bike registration certificate, list of important contacts, notepad and pen.
Food basics: Nuts, raisins, energy bars, water, pure juice tetrapacks.
Shelter basics: A sleeping bag or light thermal blanket and a lightweight tent.
Other essentials that don’t fit in any of the above categories but are absolute lifesavers:
Match box or lighter to be able to start a fire in case of emergency, ziplock plastic bags to protect electronics from rain, Swiss army knife, basic folding knife, thick rope, and a bike body cover.
There you go, all packed now. Safe riding!