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Motorcycle Travel Packing – Some Odds and Ends

Motorcycle Travel Packing – Some Odds and Ends

When I’m roadtripping on the bike, I do my best to pack lightly with regard to clothing. I try to pack things that are easily re-wearable, wrinkle resistant and fast drying. Fast drying is a huge help. That means I can wash them when I stop for the night and they’re dry by morning. And that means less stuff to pack.

My clothing basics usually include:

  • Wicking base layer – top & bottom
  • 3 pairs of underwear – 2 bras
  • packet of ankle socks
  • Off-bike jacket or cardigan – depending on the weather
  • Sometimes a travel dress
  • 1 pair of off-bike jeans or pants
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • A couple T-shirts for on/off the bike

The key for me seems to be versatility. Picking clothes that I can comfortably use on the bike and still not look like a total hobo if I go to a restaurant. Also as you can see, I like black and grey. Sometimes I’ll also pack a scarf. They can smarten up a plain t-shirt or zip-up jacket when off the bike. Oh, and earrings. I feel like that’s something that helps me not feel so boyish.

Gallon Ziploc bags are my best friend. They keep stuff tidy and make for easy packing. Keeping like items together keeps me from having to rifle through everything to find something.

Some hotels have washing machines for guests, which is nice. That helps when your re-wearables have been re-worn many times. When you know you should be stinky but you cant smell yourself anymore? That’s when you’ve achieved a high-level of funk. Well done.

In my everyday life, I hate folding clothes out of the dryer and putting them away. My motorcycle packing is kind of the antidote to that. Roll it up and stick it in a bag. If you don’t have a lot, you don’t have to take care of a lot.

On the topic of motorcycle wash and wear – my friend Bill sent me this lastnight. Timely!

Posted by Indian Motocycles Club France on Monday, December 16, 2013

This post is part of a month-long writing prompt challenge: Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com.

Prompt:Your least favorite household chore

Skinnying Down My Motorcycle Clothing Packing for Fly-and-Ride

Skinnying Down My Motorcycle Clothing Packing for Fly-and-Ride

When push comes to shove I can be a fairly light packer when it comes to traveling on the motorcycle. Even so, I *still* take more stuff than I need. By stuff, I usually mean clothes. Invariably I shove a few “I might need an extra…” items in my bag.

With an upcoming trip to the Alps, I’ve been trying to consider ways to skinny down my packing a little more. Doing the fly-and-ride presents its own challenges in terms of making sure whatever you have with you will fit into a space that you can’t lay your eyes on.

I’ll be renting the same type of bike I did when I was last in Italy, a BMW F650GS again with a Givi box on it.

Fuzzygalore F650GS in the AlpsMy Trusty Rental GS Taking in the Alpine View

My mode of thinking is that if I can fit everything in need in a single tote bag that fits in my own Givi box, I’ll be golden. The GS does have small side cases but for the life of me I just cannot remember just how petite they were. My planning so far is just to pretend they don’t exist so whatever space they provide me with is a jackpot.

Fuzzygalore topbox packed up

This is usually the extent of the stuff I carry in my topbox. Koolwink mug optional.

The wash and wear routine will be in effect again. That’s bringing whatever shirt/shorts/underwear I wore to ride in all day into the shower when we stop for the night. When I get out of the shower I wring them in a towel, hang them up and they’re dry by morning.  That helps to conserve a quite a bit of space as I only need to bring 2-3 changes. I usually wear Under Armour which ends up being very compact.

ankle socksSocks generally seem to take up more space than I want them to. Especially nice comfy long ones like my favorite REV’IT socks or the Smart Wool pairs I have. I was thinking about bringing a package of ankle socks and using my running compression calf sleeves to make up the height difference. My sleeves are fast wash/dry and wouldn’t be subject to the same natural perspiration issues that the footbed of a sock would so I wouldn’t have to wash them everyday.

One package of 10 pairs ankle socks on the right are about the same size as 1 pair of my REV’IT tour socks when folded up. Granted, they aren’t nearly as plush or lovely. But I can live with that. I’ll be using my sittin’ muscle most of the days, not on my feet for long stretches.

This time I won’t need to bring my rain gear, thanks to my spiffy new Klim jacket & pants.

I’ll need a light fleece or zip-up jacket, a pair of jeans or pants with zip-off legs, maybe a travel dress, some type of apres-ride shoe and a couple t-shirts and that should basically cover me on the clothing. I think.

This is where I am for now:

  • Light fleece/Jacket – to wear on and off the bike
  • Undergarments (3)
  • Socks (10 pack, ankle)
  • Calf Sleeves – 1 pair
  • Under Armour Shorts or Leggings (2) – on bike
  • Under Armour Shirts (2) – on bike
  • T-shirts  (3-4?) – off bike
  • Jeans or convertible pants (1) – off bike
  • Travel dress (maybe) (1) – off bike
  • Off bike shoes – (1 pair)

Plus I’ll have whatever clothes I wear on to the plane. I’ve got to try to keep whatever that is easily packable once we land. I’ll also have to pick something I can easily slip my riding gear over as I’ll be going to pick up my bike directly upon landing at the airport.

Have any tips or tricks that you use to skinny down the clothing aspect of your trip packing?


How timely! Just today Gizmodo featured a story titled: How Much Underwear to Pack For Your Trip, Visualized with a link to a post on Pack Like a Nerd: Optimizing Underwear. Just what we needed. A chart for packing underpants. 🙂


Motorcycle Travel Underwear and Socks – Reader Suggestions

Motorcycle Travel Underwear and Socks – Reader Suggestions

When asked for advice on different brands and styles of wash and wear, comfortable underwear and socks that would be good for motorcycle traveling – my blog readers came through with some great ideas. Our commenters are apparently a wealth of knowledge in the underpants department.

Here is a listing of some of their suggestions:


  • LD Comfort
    I got a response from Catfish who used these during the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. He said they worked great for wash and wear and he would absolutely use them again.
  • Ex-Officio
    A few folks gave these a nod in different styles from briefs to boyshorts. Boyshort styles offer fewer irritating seams. Ex-Officio’s Give-N-Go fabric was noted as fast drying, breathable and comfortable. I have not been able to find anything in local stores, so I can’t give anything a touch-feel test. Would have to buy online.
  • Under Armour
    We got a few votes for Under Armor. The range of garment styles they offer is diverse; from long legging tights to briefs and boxers. The upside of this brand for me is that it is readily available in many places. Many outlet malls stock their goods as well – if you aren’t picky about colors you might be able to get a pretty good discount.
  • Basic padded bicycle shorts
    Available in a myriad of bicycle shops. Probably fairly easy to find and try on locally.
  • IceBreaker clothing
    Merino wool has excellent temperature management properties and is less stinky than other synthetic technical clothing fabrics.

Sports Bras

Without getting too specific, I am difficult to fit in the sports bra department. Being able to find items locally to try on is a huge plus for me.

  • Moving Comfort
    This was a brand that I was able to find locally to try on at Dicks Sporting Goods. MC offered more defined cup/band sizes than just S,M,L which was a welcomed option. Their website offers a Sports Bra Basics buying guide as well.
  • Under Armour
    I was able to try on or… attempt to try on an Under Armour Endure model. It was a pull over style – no hooks or zips. It was simply too tight to pull on. I was afraid I was going to get stuck half in and half out of it in the dressing room. Who wants to make that call for assistance? I wriggled my way back out and decided that without some sort of closure hardware, maybe UA isn’t for me. Or more specifically that style of bra, regardless of brand isn’t for me.
  • CW-X


Though I failed to mention it in my previous blog post, if I am not wearing a legging under my riding pants I prefer socks that will cover my calf at least as high as my boot goes. I like to put a layer of fabric between me and the boot. Whatever socks I ultimately choose will have to be fairly long.

Reader suggested socks brands:

A huge thank you to all the readers who offered their input!

If you have any additional brands or information – please don’t be shy. Comment below:

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