What’s In All Those Bags?

Here is my very detailed current list of what all my luggage contains, since I get asked quite a bit. Hopefully this can give you an idea of what you may need to pack! I bought many of these items used (on Craigslist) or on Amazon, so I strongly suggest you do the same if you’re trying to stick to a budget.

Obviously this list won’t work for everyone, but hopefully it will give you an idea of what you might need for your own motorcycle trip!


Wawa, ON


This gear list was made (and last updated) on July 19, 2017. I will keep updating it as time goes on… I already started a “maybe to dump” list!




Approximate weight of all my luggage when loaded:

  • Saddlebags:19 lbs each
  • Tank bag: 30 lbs
  • Yellow duffel bag: 20 lbs
  • Blue backpack: 10 lbs


This is all that’s left of what I own. Stuff on the left is what’s in storage, stuff on the right is what goes on my motorcycle 🙂





Tech Gadgets 


GoPro & Accessories!


Camping Gear 


Tea in the morning is just the best!


Motorcycle Stuff



“Girly” Stuff (Ha!)

  • 100 SPF Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Loofah glove
  • Q-tips
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Mirror
  • Make up
  • Jewelry
  • Period stuff
  • Mini baby powder (used as dry shampoo)
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Mini shampoo & conditioner
  • Brush
  • Jasmine oil
  • Hair bands
  • Nail polish & remover
  • “Atomic pink” hair dye (I can only buy this online!)
  • Razors & shaving cream


Some of my random stuff


Health & Safety 

  • “Dog” spray (legal in Canada)
  • Personal alarm
  • Fox 40 whistle
  • Assorted knives
  • Other self-defence items
  • Sawyer first aid kit
  • Supplements
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Latex gloves
  • Blister protection
  • Money belt (not sure why I have this)



Food Staples


Most of what I’ve been eating…



  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask
  • Needle & thread
  • Wallet
  • Important paperwork
  • Passport, documents & photocopies
  • Water bottles
  • Lighter
  • Mini sketch pads
  • Pencils/pens/markers
  • Stationary
  • Contact cards
  • Ziplock bags
  • Other bags/sacks
  • Rubber bands
  • Zip ties
  • Goop glue & crazy glue
  • Mini Gorilla tape
  • Batteries
  • Mini leather cream & wax
  • Soap nuts
  • Mini luggage locks
  • Plush cardinal (shoved in my windshield)


Another thing to keep in mind (after reading this list!) is that this is not just a “trip” for me, it’s my life. This is why I carry many items that are luxuries, but not necessities. I value these items enough to carry them with me. If your trip is shorter, then I definitely suggest packing as light as possible as it will be more comfortable for you!


Just another free campsite…


Packing Tips For YOU

  • Use assorted sizes of ziplock bags to organize and waterproof your belongings.
  • If you find yourself not using something, just ship it home or dump it.
  • If you’re not sure if you need something, just buy it along the way instead of bringing it (better to under-pack than overpack).
  • Read several “what to pack” articles to get some ideas, and tailor it to fit YOU.
  • Black garbage bags (and bags) are always somehow very useful. Just bring a couple.
  • Make sure you buy the most compact versions of everything, or even cut some things in half (like your towel). Get creative!
  • Buy more expensive items used on Craigslist or Kijiji (I did this for almost everything, especially electronics).
  • Amazon is pretty amazing for quick and cheap shopping (even for used items).


What do you think your favourite luxury item would be? Leave it in the comments below! I am also open to suggestions 🙂


You can also check out my old gear list from my 6-month USA solo motorcycle tour in 2014/2015! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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12 Responses

  1. Richard Wisp says:

    How do you find a place to sack out for the night?I mean everywhere is private property.Either that or be visited by thieves at roadside.

  2. Jimmy Curze says:

    Great post! For someone who is carrying several ‘luxury’ items you have it all packed down really well. My only question is how do you see over that tank bag?? That thing looks like a monster…lol!

    • Thanks Jimmy! Packing up is kind of like Tetris sometimes, and can take a while! Surprisingly, I can see over the tank bag! Bu if it’s really full, it partially blocks my view of the speedometer, lol. I’m too slow of a rider for that to matter, though.

  3. Did you get to the mtns of Tn.Va.NC ?

  4. I would enjoy reading about 14/15 U S Tour

  5. Michael Minister says:

    Following on face book
    My prayers for your safe journey

  6. Adoumu Manga says:

    Understand but under ‘APPAREL’ what are those unmentionables? Also, under ‘HEALTH AND SAFETY’ What are those other-safe-defence?

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