Packing is an art, but do you ever wonder what other riders ‘must have’ with them to make their trip comfortable? Do you ever find yourself saying, “What does he have in all that luggage?”

What is your (un)obvious packed item?

Some things may seem so obvious but you just forget them in the rush to get on the road, or not so obvious you might not think about them or think they are necessary until you are on the road when it might be too late to get what you need at a good price or availability.

So here’s a list I’ve compiled from talking to real riders who are ‘out there.’ What may seem like a funny thing to carry to you might be an essential item for another rider

As you travel RTW you meet an amazing array of riders who have their own way of doing it, and it’s always an interesting question to ask. Besides the obvious, motorcycle, riding gear/clothes, and basic tools for your bike, what are your other essentials you ‘must bring’?

If this question is asked to an American audience, a gun is an answer a lot as one of the items. The problem with carrying a gun is it’s not really that viable to even cross some state lines (due to various licensing laws) and definitely not borders. So, a gun, in essence, could be the biggest reducer of extended overland travel, besides lack of cash, so it’s not on the list.

The common thread here is ‘most’ of the items people feel are essential besides their main gear are less than $30, so are you missing something cheap that could make your life safe, fun, secure, warm, riding, happy, not lost, clean, or well

Below are links to some of the items so you can have a look if you are not familiar. Some are obvious (maybe) and some not so normal


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