The Ultimate Motorcycle Camping Gear Guide

For those who love the open road and sleeping under the stars, motorcycle camping might be the adventure you’re looking for. But just like campers who backpack, bike, or paddle, you’ll need some specialized gear that’s designed to be portable and easy to pack. If you’re headed for the open road, here’s the motorcycle camping gear you’ll need.

For the Road

First things first. If you’re camping and riding, you’ll want to make sure that you—and your bike—are outfitted for the adventure. The specific gear you’ll need is mainly determined by the make and model of your motorcycle but personal preferences (and your destination) are also worth considering.

motorcycle camping gear guide


One of the most important pieces of motorcycle camping gear is a set of panniers (or saddlebags). Nearly everything you pack for your trip will have to fit inside them. The two main types are soft bags and hard cases. The style you choose depends on your personal preference as well as your bike’s design. (Not all panniers/saddlebags fit on all types of motorcycles. Make sure to do your research to determine the options that’ll work best for your bike.) Another difference between the two types is that while hard cases are more secure (and often come with locks), soft bags can easily be removed from the bike and brought to wherever you need them.

GIVI Outback Side Cases
  • 37 Liter Left and Right side Outback silver side-cases
  • Requires GIVI CAM hardware sold separately
  • Aluminum structure and profiles
  • Die-cast aluminum and inserts in reinforced technopolymer


Most people go motorcycle camping during the warmer seasons but you should always be prepared for less-than-ideal weather conditions. Even if the weather forecast is warm for your trip, make sure to pack or wear a jacket that’s windproof and waterproof. You might not end up needing it, but if it rains or the temperature drops, you’ll be glad you have it. (And as all riders know, even on a warm days, wind can make you feel a lot cooler.)


Gloves aren’t a must-have but they’ll protect your hands and, if necessary, keep them warm. If you’re riding and camping in hot weather, look for gloves with ventilation features that are meant to keep your hands cool.

Alpinestars Leather Motorcycle Gloves
  • Hook and loop wrist closure.
  • Ergonomic stretch insert on palm.
  • Thumb and palm reinforcement for a superior grip made from advanced poly blend.
  • Touchscreen compatible fingertip.
  • Simple urban styling with embossed logo.
IndieRidge Powersports Motorcycle Gloves
  • The Powersports Motorcycle Gloves can be used for riding, ATVs, hiking, driving, and work gloves.
  • Construction: Our riding gloves feature carbon fiber knuckles and the palm is made of non-slip rubber for a comfortable grip. The arch-shaped design at the knuckles also provides a good protection from falls and crashes.
  • Comfortable: The gloves are made from vented, breathable fabric that lets you feel comfortable. The lightweight material that the gloves are made from also helps your hands to stay cool on hot days.
  • Mobile Touchscreen: Our Powersports Motorcycle Racing Gloves have three pads at the fingertips for use on your touch screen smart phones and tablets.
  • The Live Free Guarantee: All Indie Ridge motorcycle gloves and products are backed by The Live Free Guarantee. You'll never pay for something you don't want. Ever.


It’s smart to wear a helmet when riding, and depending on what state you’re in, it might be required by law. And bonus: It’ll protect you from the elements including rain and sunburn.

Bungee Cords

You won’t need all the cords that are included in this bungee cord set, but you’ll want to pack at least a few. They’re great for securing items to your bike and for hanging gear at camp.

First Aid Kit

Whenever you’re traveling or spending time in the outdoors, you’ll want to have a basic first aid kit on hand. This kit is designed for backpackers so it’s perfect for motorcycle campers too.

For Sleeping & Relaxing

After a day on the road, it’s important to have a comfortable place to relax. Similar to backpacking, gear weight matters when you’re motorcycle camping. (So does an item’s size once it’s packed into its carrying case or stuff sack.) In general, shop for tents and sleeping bags that are designed for motorcycle camping or backpacking.


Choose a lightweight tent that packs down to a small size. (Backpacking tents are a great option.) Even if you’re camping alone, consider a two-person tent. It’ll be more comfortable and you’ll have space to stow anything you’d like to keep inside. There are even some tents that are designed with a space to park your bike.

ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Zephyr Tent
  • There's no assembly frustration with our Zephyr Tent series; this free-standing, aluminum two-pole design can be setup in no time, with pole clips that quickly snap over tent poles
  • Polyester tent fly, with 1500mm coating, resists water and UV damage while adding two vestibules for extra storage
  • Great ventilation with two mesh doors and entire mesh walls
  • Fully equipped with #8 zippers, mesh storage pockets, gear loft, aluminum stakes and guy ropes
  • Base Size: 4'10 x 7'4, Center Height: 38" Total Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz., Minimum Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz., Packed Size 6.5" x 19"
Kelty Grand Mesa Backpacking Tent
  • Fully featured and refreshed for 2020, the reliable backpacking companion Grand Mesa tent is now even grander. Easy, affordable, and awesome… like your favorite freeze-dried meal. Without the heart burn.
  • 2020 Updates: Kelty Quick Corners keep poles in place during setup, EZ-Zip vestibule with fully taped seams, Shark Mouth carry bag for easier pack up and storage.
  • Dependable Materials: 2 compact folding, DAC pressfit aluminum poles, weather resistant and long lasting 68D polyester tent floor and rainfly fabric, and fully seam taped construction. Color coded clip and fly attachment for simple set up.
  • Freestanding, Lightweight Design: Freestanding design allows for the tent to be pitched and then moved around to find the best camp site. Lightweight materials contribute a weight of 4lbs. 1oz (2 person) or 6lbs. 13oz (4 Person).
  • The Nitty Gritty: Overall size (in inches) 85x57/44, 30 square feet interior space, packed size 16x7x7in, packed weight 4lbs. 12oz. 1 door, 1 vestibule, rated for 3 season use.

Sleeping Bag & Pillow

Opt for a lightweight and compact sleeping bag that’s compatible with the season. (Though if you’re motorcycle camping, it’s likely you’re only camping in warmer seasons.) Here are a few options along with a backpacking pillow that’s perfect for traveling:

Marmot Trestles Sleeping Bag
  • Mummy-style 45-degree sleeping bag for backpacking and other outdoor activities; featuring SpiraFil high-loft insulation for maximum warmth and durability
  • Lightweight- highly compressible bag ideal when space and weight are at premium
  • Full-length, locking YKK two-way zipper
  • Regular: 1 pound, 13 ounce.; pack volume: 305.7 curie (5.01 liters); interior length: 84"; 50D 100 Percent polyester, 2.1 ounce/yard; 50D 100 percent polyester, 1.3 ounce/yard
  • Long: 2 pounds; pack volume: 308.8 curie (5.06 liters); interior length: 90"; 50D 100 percent polyester, 2.1 ounce/yard; 50D 100 percent polyester, 1.3 ounce/yard
ALPS Mountaineering Aura Sleeping Bag
  • Keeping you plenty warm, this +35 degree bag is filled with our 2.5 denier TechLoft Micro insulation
  • Outer shell features highly durable nylon ripstop fabric, paired with an inner polyester lining
  • Two-layer offset construction with insulated chest and zipper baffle eliminates cold spots and increases warmth
  • Second zipper provides extra ventilation and allows you more freedom to sit up inside the bag
  • Dimensions: 80" L x 32" W, Weight: 2 lbs. 12oz., Fill Weight: 21 oz.
Hyke & Byke Katahdin Sleeping Bag
  • 0 Degree Sleeping Bag - The Katahdin mummy sleeping bag uses our Advanced ClusterLoft synthetic fibers instead of traditional down. 100% vegan, this 625 Fill Power synthetic tests warmer than premium 600 FP goose down. High loft, yet packs efficiently
  • Save Space & Shave Weight - This 4 Season winter sleeping bag is professionally designed for thru-hiking, backpacking and camping in temperatures down to zero degrees Fahrenheit. Ultralight for its class of bags, the Katahdin cold weather sleeping bag boasts a superior warmth-to-weight ratio at only 3.54 lbs. (Regular Size)
  • Hydrophobic & Water-resistant - The 400T 20D ripstop nylon liner is coated with water repellant DWR, and synthetic fill like ClusterLoft will always outperform traditional down in wet environments. The superior YKK zippers are also more water-resistant than typical zippers
  • Camping Sleeping Bags - Recommended for newer backpackers who want maximum versatility on a budget. Includes an internal storage pocket and a compression stuff sack that packs your Katahdin compact sleeping bag down to just 11 inches long and 8 inches in diameter
  • Hyke & Byke Sleeping Bags - USA-based brand offers a collection of premium quality camping accessories and gear suitable for adults and children alike for all your adventures in the Great Outdoors
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow
  • Ultralight (9 ounce) compressible travel pillow with soft foam filling that packs down small for road trips, plane travel, camping, and backpacking
  • Foam filling expands into a 4-inch thick pillow for head, neck, and back support in tents, cars, planes, and other tough-to-get-comfortable places
  • Compact design packs into a backpack, duffle, suitcase, or tote; drawstring and cord lock keeps pillow securely compressed when not in use
  • Brushed polyester cover is soft against skin for comfort; lofty urethane fill is an upcycled byproduct of Thermarest mattresses
  • Pillow measures 14 x 18 x 4 inches (14 x 5 x 6 inches compressed) and weighs 9 ounces; before use, shake and fluff to restore loft; machine washable; made in the USA

Sleeping Pad

To save on space and weight you can always sleep on the ground—but we wouldn’t recommend it. Thankfully there are plenty of sleeping pad options that are lightweight and packable. Try a self-inflating roll-up option instead of a more traditional foam pad. The latter can be bulky and takes up more space when you pack it up.

PowerLix Sleeping Pad
  • REJUVENATE YOUR BODY: Powerlix camping pad has revolutionary hexagon design made with body mapping technology. The hexagon air cells ergonomically support all of your pressure points, giving you superior support and comfort all night long, no matter how you sleep! The sleeping mat is also a camping gear must haves luxury, being comfortable yet lightweight. It rolls up small, making it effortless to carry around. The cot comes in a variety of color choices, sure to match anyone's personality.
  • LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST: It's time to plan a trip! Our camping sleeping pads cannot be easier to inflate than with our inflating bag. It has a dual action, non-leak air valve to inflate and deflate the mattress. First store air in the bag and push it in like a pump. Light & small when packed, it won't cause backaches from its weight and fits easily in your backpack. Being insulated, it's perfect for the best night of sleep during adventure, hiking, camping, backpacking, in any weather!
  • UNIQUE LONGLASTING DURABILITY: It's the mat of all mats! The self inflating sleeping pad is made of durable, outdoor grade materials. It includes thermal insulation, to keep your body warm from the cold winter ground. Our camping sleeping mat is 100% waterproof, making it perfect for any outdoor activities. You can say goodbye to sore backs and other discomforts normally left by bumps and rocks underneath the floor of your tent!
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR OUTDOORS: This exclusive camping sleeping pad also comes with storage bag, 2 repair kits, and a multipurpose inflating bag. A patch kit is also included, stitched into the top of the storage bag. The inflating bag was designed with you in mind, for all of your needs. In addition to inflating the mattress, this backpacking sleeping pad can be used for several different things, such as a pillow, a waterproof laundry bag, or a large waterproof airtight storage bag!
  • AFTER SERVICE WARRANTY: PowerLix guarantees to have your back! Our US-based customer service means that you can trust that if you’re not satisfied for any reason, you can get a hassle-free refund or replacement. Don't hesitant to reach out if you have any questions. We want you to be nothing but happy with your new, top of the line, camping bed! We are confident of our camping pads for sleeping and know you will like it. That's why your purchase comes backed with our incredible warranty.
Therm-a-Rest Prolite Backpacking Sleeping Pad
  • As the lightest and most compact self-inflating sleeping pad available, the ProLite provides essential comfort for any adventure
  • Equipped with a dependable and rugged WingLock valve, the pad inflates 3 times faster than a standard valve and features lightning-fast deflation
  • 2.4 R-value means the ProLite delivers essential warmth and comfort during three-season camping and backpacking
  • Suited to backpacking and fast-and-light excursions, the 1-inch thick mattress is an ultra-compact backcountry sleeping solution
  • Regular measures 72x20x1 inches, packs to 11x5.8 inches, and weighs 18 ounces; stuff sack included; made in the USA
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A lightweight waterproof tarp can do double duty: use it as a ground cover underneath your tent or hang it with some paracord to create a sun or rain shelter.


After a long ride, you’ll appreciate a place to sit that’s more comfortable than your bike. Try the popular Cliq Camping Chair (it folds up to the size of a water bottle!) or Helinox's Chair One.


As with most types of camping, it’s helpful to have a reliable LED headlamp for tasks like cooking and set-up as well as for ambient lighting.


Sometimes the simplest technology is the best. These windproof, waterproof matches will ensure that you’re always able to start a fire when you need it. They come in a waterproof carrying case and include three strikers.

For Cooking

There are a few basics items that make meal prep easier. (That said, if simplicity if what you’re after, you can also pack food that doesn’t require refrigeration or a camp stove.)

Camp Stove

Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to skimp on meals. A lightweight backpacking stove will allow you to cook hot meals and make your morning coffee. With this JetBoil cooking system, you won’t have to purchase (or pack) extra cookware because it’s included. (Fuel sold separately.)

JetBoil cooking system
  • Powered by FluxRing technology, the Zip's easy-to-use cooking system boils water in just over two minutes with half the fuel consumption of traditional systems.
  • Jetboil's 0.8-liter FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy makes boiling water—and keeping it warm—a breeze.
  • The bottom cover doubles as a measuring cup and a bowl, saving space in your pack for clothes, gear, and food.
  • Compatible Jetboil accessories, such as a coffee press, hanging kit, pot support, skillet, FluxRing cooking pot, and utensils make this a necessity for your next backpacking adventure.
  • Includes fuel canister stabilizer and drink-through lid with pour spout and strainer; easy to pack and carry at only 12 ounces. One-year limited warranty.

Cookware Set & Cooking Utensils

Collapsible or nesting cookware sets have long been popular with backpackers and they’re great for motorcycle campers too. If your stove doesn’t come with cookware, buy a set that includes at least one medium-sized pot with a lid and lift lifter. (This is the size you’ll likely use most often.) If the cookware set you choose doesn’t come with cooking utensils, buy a small set you can stow inside one of the pots.


Depending on the types of meals you’ll make, you’ll probably want a plate, bowl, fork, and spoon for each person. This 4-piece mess kit from UCO has everything you need.

4-piece mess kit
  • 4-Piece Camping Cookware Set: Made for backpacking, scouting, and on-the-go meals, this camping cooking set includes a plate, bowl, 3-in-1 spork, and tether
  • Compact: Camping plate and bowl form an airtight seal when connected; Included tether keeps any contents safely contained and secures the spork to the rest of the backpacking cooking set
  • 3-In-1 Spork: The ultimate piece of camping cutlery, the spork features a spoon on one end and a fork with a serrated knife edge on the other; Made from durable reinforced glass nylon
  • Secure: Camping plate and bowl feature specialized rubberized bottoms that grip the tabletop and prevent slippage while eating
  • Safe: The perfect camping essentials for tenting, backpacking, and traveling, our camping dishes and camping utensils are phthalate-free, dishwasher- and microwave-safe


With a motorcycle, you don’t have the option of lugging a large cooler but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck eating nonperishable food and lukewarm drinks. Try IceMule's classic cooler bag. It comes in 4 sizes—its mini size holds 9 liters while it’s large size can hold up to 20 liters. Its compressible roll-top design and sling strap make it easy to both pack and carry.

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