It’s the night before the big camping trip you’ve been waiting for. You’re packing your things, maybe doing some last minute laundry. Finally, you get everything all packed up, but you feel as if you’ve missed something. Socks? No you have plenty of those. Zip ties? Check. A flashlight? Check. Well then what is it? You fret for a minute or two or ten and then finally say, “Oh forget it,” and try to convince yourself that you’ve remembered everything. But somewhere in the back of your mind the thought lingers until, at the end of the first day’s ride, you lay your head down and realize you forgot your ear plugs and Jim across the way is sawing logs in his sleep!
You’re not alone in this. We all have a tendency to forget an item here or there whenever we go on a trip. So why wouldn’t you keep and maintain a checklist of sorts for your camping trips? We’re sure that many of you have already created a list, but for those that haven’t (or those who have but need to add a thing or two) we’ve compiled a list of items you should bring along with you on your next camping adventure! Feel free to add (or subtract) according to your particular needs/wants.
For the Road
Helmet & Liner (if it’s cold)
Headset – Bluetooth or Corded
Riding Jacket – Heated for Winter Riding, Mesh for Warm Riding. Removable Waterproof Liner if Needed.
Riding Pants – Heated for Winter Riding. Removable Waterproof Liner if Needed.
Frogg Toggs (if applicable)
Gloves – Heated for Winter Riding
Cool Vest – Warm Riding
Waterproof Overshoe – Winter/Wet Riding
Soakable Neck Tie – Warm Riding
At the Campsite
Crew Socks – Bring Extra Just In Case
Canvas Safari Hat
Gloves – Cold Weather
Beanie – Cold Weather
Sweatshirt/Jacket – Depending on Weather
Fishing Equipment, if applicable
Tent and Rain Tarp with Extra Stakes
Ground Pad, Inflatable Mattress OR Cot
Hand Warmers – Toss in Bottom of Sleeping Bag on Cold Nights for Toasty Feet!
Yummy Food and Seasonings
Coffee and/or Tea and condiments
Plate, Utensils, Mug
Camping Stove with Fuel
Toiletries – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, Environmentally Friendly Soap/Shampoo, Nail Clippers, Deodorant)
Biodegradable wipes/toilet paper
Matches and Lighter
For the Bike
Waterless Wash Kit – If You Want Your Wing Looking Clean But Don’t Have Any Other Means To Do So
Spare Clutch/Brake Levers and Bulbs/Fuses
Small Things That Are A Big Deal
Ear Plugs – Especially When Camping with Your Buddies!
Kindle and/or a Book or Two
Lip Balm with SPF
Spare Batteries for All Items That Require Them
That should just about do it. After all the stuff we need to pack, it’s a good thing we’re riding a Goldwing! Is there anything else that we forgot to include? Something additional that you bring with you on your camping trips? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below. Above all, ride safe and enjoy the adventure!