Ultimate Guide to Road trip travel Packing list

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Preparation for a motorcycle holiday follows a different set of rules one need to follow while backpacking. For an exemplar, one doesn’t pack a bag or trolley for a road trip, but a rucksack, a saddle bag and small accessories which can be easily mounted on the bike. This place purports to list out road trip travel packing list and some useful accessories which need to be taken on a road trip. All these points are based on my personal experiences.

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Guide to Road trip travel packing list

Basic Road trip travel packing list

Trip itinerary at least two copies:

Taking an additional copy of itinerary for your holiday vacation is extremely significant as it assists us to travel as the crow flies without any disruption. Even if one of the gets spoiled or lost somewhere the other can be useful for hassle free journey. Try to make two different sets of copies, so that the other set can be safe.

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Itinerary

Route map-at least two copies:

You can’t expect your mobile network to operate in every nook and crevice. We have to develop a route map and need to conduct two sets of these as it can assist us at the cross roads when there is no one about. 

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Route map

Two photocopies of valid photo id:

In some countries cops may randomly check us while we are loving the vacations as a protection standard; it’s secure to carry extra photocopies of valid photo id. In some instances you may require to take inner line permit to move inside the land even after having tourist visa, where there are military restrictions for foreigners. 

Photo ID

Emergency mobile phone charger:

Don’t require every nation will be like your own body politic. You may have frequent power cuts in most of the producing nations. Then take your own mobile charger along with a universal international adapter to run your mobile on time.

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Mobile Charger

Small diary with a playpen:

Don’t catch the best moments only with the cameras or the eye’s, transfer the beauty which you have witnessed into a diary so that you can treasure those moments once again when you are back to routine life. 

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Diary

Rucksack:

Carry all your necessities within a single bag so that you can hang it on your backrest and can travel at your pace and ease. The backpack is the one which attends to the occasion by providing a huge room to accommodate more amount of luggage.

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Rucksack

Saddle bags:

These are two light bags which can be strung up on either side of the bike. We can put some points which are useful on the road e.g.: Snacks, cables and so on  We can easily collect these items without putting any extra effort.

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Saddle Bags

Elastic luggage straps:

Elastic straps are very useful while on the road as it can be applied to secure the luggage on the motorcycle with the help of a single hook. It takes few minutes to ensure your luggage instead of wasting your energy in drawing a knot manually.

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Elastic Luggage strap

Elastic Mesh luggage straps:

This can be applied to secure luggage in the position of a motorcycle. It will be really helpful when we are running a modest quantity of baggage. Mesh strap comes with  six hooks where we can determine those at respective places on the motorcycle.

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Elastic Mesh Luggage strap

Extra spectacles with cover:

The road trip is more prone to dust. We need to avoid it by putting on a good quality spectacle which covers the entire eye, so that our vision remains perfect. 

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Torchlight:

As I stated in the beginning we can’t expect power supply round the clock in some developing countries, it’s safer to carry torchlight to avoid any unnecessary consequences especially in low lit areas.

Torchlight

Watch:

Can be used to know the time, which can be sometimes different from your hometown and we require to plan according to that.

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Watch

Power bank:

Power bank can be very utilitarian as you may run out of charge while on the route. With this you can charge not just mobile but you can charge your action cams, safety lamps and so on

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Power Bank

Small utility knife:

Knives have many uses from, from opening boxes to chopping down the fruit it can be applied in several ways. Especially while camping outside.

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Multi tool Pocket knife

Bottle of hand sanitizer:

This is to persist and keep yourself away from the germs when you are moving. Like ticket kiosk, ATM, the security line bins etc. Use sanitizer to clean all parts of the workforce, making certain to include fingers and any rings. If you can’t clean right away be mindful of not bearing upon your nose, mouth and eyes. 

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Hand Sanitizer

Dark glasses:

Carry sunglasses like aviator or a wayfarer to avoid reflecting sunlight, dust and pollution to preserve your eyes safe. 

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Sunglasses

Water bottle to prevent dehydration:

In one case you are out of town, it’s very difficult to find water so carry your own water bottle and refill it whenever needed to remain hydrated.

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Water Bottle

Twist ties:

These can be very useful while packing cables and mobile chargers. Twist ties can also be utilized for food packing to prevent any spill over. These can be handy and can run easily.

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DC to AC converter:

With this converter we can easily charge our mobiles, Portable Computer, Electric Light, Digital Camera, Electric Tool, power bank and hence along. It doesn’t do any hurt to the gimmicks. Make certain that you have picked a nice quality converter.

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DC to AC Converter

Road trip travel packing list for Motorcycle

Clutch Cable:

A clutch cable is the steel braided cable commonly found on manual transmission vehicles that connects transmission clutch linkage to clutch pedal mechanism. A bad clutch can sometimes make the transmission to slip, it becomes hard, or it becomes loose if the clutch cable breaks or disconnected. These troubles can be felt very much when you travel via rural areas or hilly areas, to avoid this carry an extra cable.

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Clutch Cable

Throttle Cable:

Throttle cable also known as accelerated cable that serves as a mechanical link between the gas pedal and the engine throttle plate.  Most common problems include damage to the outer covering, delayed accelerator response time this can be due to stretching of the cable over a point of time. Taking an extra cable prevents you landing in unnecessary trouble in the land of nowhere. 

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Throttle Cable

A puncture repair kit:

This is one of the must carry kit while you depart on a road trip, I bore a bad experience when I travelled to Leh. My bike got punctured in zozila pass and changla pass where you can find no human around except stone boulders. Carry a puncture kit and get trained how to use the same.

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Puncture repair kit

Electric tyre inflators:

This can be applied when your tyre bears a low amount of air, especially after a puncture. If your bike has a tubeless tyre you can blow up the tyre and go along until you get to a puncture shop.

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Tyre Inflator

Spark plugs:

Spark plug plays a really significant function to run a vehicle. It helps in igniting air fuel mix. Common problems that come up due to faulty spark plugs are slow acceleration, poor fuel economy, difficulty in starting vehicle, and engine misfiring. Identify these problems as soon as possible and replace with a fresh single.

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Spark Plug

Headlamps:

These can be really useful when you are moving in a low lit area, and regions with heavy haze. In case your head lamps don’t work properly while on the road trip replace it with a fresh single.

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Bike Headlamp

Eateries for a Road trip:

Precooked or canned food if possible:

Not all food that is available at the new spot will be interesting or sometimes your stomach may cause trouble if you try new local dish to avoid this better to transport pre-cooked or tinned food.

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Canned food

Chocolates, chips, chewing gum, cookies, dry fruits:

When you are in a country of nowhere these serves as a food until you attain to the next goal or at least a major town where you can find more or less nutrient.

One can buy fresh fruits from the market:

Pick just about fresh local produce from the countryside which serves your appetite while on the go with no side effects.

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Fresh Fruits

Toiletries for a Road trip:

A tooth brush and tooth paste:

Well carry a tooth brush and a paste to clean your teeth or a mouth wash which serves the same purpose. 

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Tooth Brush and Paste

Toilet paper and soap:

To keep yourself newness and cleanliness constantly.

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Toilet Soap

Small shampoo bottle:

Driving a long distance through the pollution makes hair unkempt, we need to shampoo the hair frequently so you doesn’t have a hair out of place.

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Shampoo bottle

Tissue papers-wet or dry:

Tissue papers serve to clean your hands and face after a long drive when you sit for a while to have snacks.

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Face wash:

Not all the time you can take toilet soap out of your luggage, it’s better to carry a face wash which will be very convenient for use.

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Face Wash

Hair oil:

To make you refresh and relax, massage with the hair oil takes you into euphoria so that you can continue your journey the other day energetically.

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Hair Oil

Moisturizing cream and Lip guard:

This can protect your skin and lips from drying due to decreased temperature. If you are travelling into a high temperature areas carry a moisturizing cream with SPA more than 75.

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Moisturizing Cream

Feminine hygiene, if required:

This depends entirely upon you, depending upon the gender. Carry sanitary napkins, dettol and sterile cotton in case of emergency.

Shaving kit for a Road trip

Carry a trimmer:

If you want to stay rough you can avoid this or pick a electric beard trimmer which can be charged to trim of your beard

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Trimmer

One can get shaving kit in major towns:

Now a day’s most of the youngsters aren’t interested in shaving, if you really want to shave carry a shaving kit or you can get it in major towns.

Clothing kit for a Road trip

Clothes as per itinerary:

Try to carry modest clothes as some countries follow certain dress codes. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. 

Thermals:

Carry a set of thermals to guard yourself from the freezing temperatures.

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Hand Gloves

Towels-preferably cotton:

These absorb water quickly and can be dried easily. In addition to this, these occupy very less amount of space and light in weight compared to other towels.

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Bath Towels

Socks-3 pairs:

As you travel for a longer periods of time your socks absorb most of the sweat and you can feel the pungent smell coming out of it. Carry extra pair of socks especially thick padded to avoid any obnoxious odor coming out of it.

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Socks

Hankies:

These serve the same purpose as towels and tissue papers. Furthermore you can tie it along your neck as a thermal or you can cover your head.

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Hankies

Slippers:

For regular wear when you are in hotel or roaming casually on the streets after a long journey.

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Rain coat:

When you are travelling on a motor bike this is a must carry because you can’t see any hides in between, this lets you protect yourself from the rain and keeps you healthy.

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Mountaineers must have for a Road trip

Cold cream and Lip guard:

This can protect your skin and lips from drying due to decreased temperature. If you are travelling into a high temperature areas carry a moisturizing cream with SPA more than 75.

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Cold cream

Hats/caps:

To protect yourself from scorching heat of the sun, sun stroke etc. For most of the youngsters it is a style quote.

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Water proof shoes:

These shoes plays vital role when you go on a road trip. Casual shoes can’t withstand the wet conditions moreover we can walk in water using these shoes.

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Waterproof shoes

To sum up, all the above mentioned items and packing list are from my own experience. These are some of the essential items which everyone needs for a road trip. Road trip is not a piece of cake to complete it without any hurdles, however taking few precautions as I mentioned earlier will lead to a perfect trip.

Hello hodophile if I missed anything that is to be included kindly inform me below in the comment section. Your suggestions are appreciated. Have a happy vacation.

Shiva Shanker

I am a travel blogger, YouTuber, and Dietician. Thank you for being here and I hope you will join me on my adventures through my blog!

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  1. Mounika says:

    Good one!!!

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