I'm not rich, so I started off with some very basic gear, and over time have added newer and improved items. I used to stay in hotels while riding, and if you think of the cost of one night in a hotel compared to the cost of a decent sleeping pad which you can use over and over again, then spending a bit more on gear begins to make sense, and of course it has to perform for you. The gear I use is middle of the road in terms of expense, and it has all been tested by yours truly over and over starting in 2006 when I began moto camping for the first time.


  • Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3
  • Alps Mountaineering groundsheet / foot print
  • tent repair kit
  • hammer/hatchet multi-tool (used primarily for driving tent pegs)
  • tent pegs (MSR Groundhog clone, ebay purchase)
  • Dry bag, 20L MEC Canoe Bag (keeps the tent dry or wet)


  • Chinook Thermopalm Hooded Rectangular (10C/50F) synthetic fill
  • Thermarest ProLite self-inflating mattress
  • Pillow Trekology - inflatable (Amazon purchase)


  • MSR Alpine Stowaway 1.6L pot
  • D-Power butane gas cartridge stove with std. lindal valve
  • Butane can to Lindal valve adapter (with orientation legs)
  • Butane cans available from Canadian Tire and Asian grocery stores, Princess Auto etc. (227gr can lasts about three days or more)
  • Coleman Max Aluminium pot with lid 800ml (solo camping)
  • Lixada Titanium 750ml mug with lid
  • SVEA123r white gas stove (also runs on unleaded gasoline) (solo camping)
  • SIGG 600ml fuel bottle with a small kitchen funnel attached to it with string (solo camping)
  • Cat Can Alcohol stove with windscreen, with 8oz fuel bottle
  • Knife, Fork and Spoon, lightweight plastic, GSI
  • Snow Peak titanium spork (solo camping)
  • Can opener P51 - folding army style
  • Knife, Opinel #8, perfect folding knife that works as a paring knife.
  • Cutting board (currently using a dollar store fly swatter with the handle cut off)
  • lighter - bic
  • flint & steel (meh... lighter works)
  • stuff sack for the above
  • Water Bladder, 4L "MSR Dromedary"
  • paper towel, Bounty brand separated and folded into sheets (paper GOLD!)
  • aluminium foil sheets folded
  • salt & pepper packets from various food vendors
  • grocery bags (for waste at the campsites)
  • 3F UL Gear Ultralight Tarp (call it a dining fly, for rainy days) (AliExpress)
  • Guy line and tent pegs for the fly above (AliExpress)
  • Small wash cloth that works well as a mini tea towel for drying pots and dishes
  • Kitchen sink, a 5L folding Ryder PVC wash basin in a wee sack that contains:
    • Wash basin
    • Scotch Brite Scrub sponge
    • 30ml Nalgene bottle, Dawn dish soap
I've used this the entire 2020 riding season.
Love it for two people


  • OEM tool kit
  • tire pressure gauge
  • Gearwrench MicroDriver ratchet, socket and screwdriver set with Metric Hex bits added
  • 3" and 6" 1/4" drive extensions for above
  • Sockets deep, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm
  • adapter, 1/4" drive to 3/8" drive
  • adapter, 1/4" drive to hex bit
  • Wrench, combination, stubby, assorted
  • Socket, "Gator Grip" 7mm to 19mm
  • Pliers, needle nose, locking "Vise Grip"
  • Motion Pro spark plug socket and extension
  • Hex key set
  • rag oil
  • Electrician's pouch to store the above
All of the above is stored under the seat, the items below are part of the touring load:
  • Endurostar TS2 trail stand/jack
  • Maxima chain wax
  • cable, bicycle spare
  • digital multi-meter
  • Quik Steel epoxy putty - not the liquid type, this is important
  • Stop Leak - radiator leak repair
  • gloves, vinyl
  • rag oil
  • gauge, air pressure 
  • tape, electrical
  • fuses, assorted sizes
  • utility knife blades
  • Cable Repair kit - Oxford
  • Wrench, combination. 12 mm for roadside chain tensioning. I keep this close to hand for daily chain inspection. Tank bag or top box. 

Motorcycle Gear

  • Mesh jacket
  • Leather jacket - (spring/fall)
  • Riding pants, "Cortech" cotton duck with aramid, water resistant 
  • Hydration backpack, 2L "Camel Back"
  • Gears heated jacket - (spring/fall)
  • Gears heated Vest
  • gloves summer
  • gloves leather gauntlet
  • gloves cold weather water resistant - (spring/fall)
  • balaclava snowmobile - (spring/fall)
  • neck tube light
  • neck tube knit acrylic - (spring/fall)
  • Overalls, insulated cotton duck - (spring/fall)
  • boots - Icon Super Duty
  • boots - Alpinestars Web Goretex - (spring/fall/wet weather forecasted)
  • Helmet - Arai XD4 with Cardo Scala G4
  • Sunglasses
  • MSR Hydroshell rain jacket - (wonderful, but of course they no longer make them)
  • Teknic rain pants - (horrible, can't wait to replace them)
  • Kimpex rain over boots


  • iPhone 6s
  • Power Bank 9600 mAh - Power Master (older 500 mA output)
  • Power Bank 10,000 mAh - (Getihu (2.4 A and 1A outputs)
  • 8000mAh Car Jump Start Starter Battery Charger Power Bank Booster Rescue Pack
  • Cardo Scala G4
  • USB Charger - 120VAC to 5VDC at 2A x 2 outputs - Walmart
  • Battery AA x 4 Rechargeable for GPS - Amazon Basics
  • Battery AAA x 12 for flashlight and headlamps - Amazon Basics
  • SAE to USB Charger - Battery Tender Jr
  • Headlamp - Petzl AAAx3
  • Headlamp small - Fenix AAAx1
  • flashlight  AAAx1


  • Aotu Camp Chair (ebay purchase)
  • Rok Straps for securing loads
  • Eye glass spray bottle - tiny
  • Eye glass microfibre cloth


  • jersey, motocross long sleeve or T-shirts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • pants - zip-off - (only for trips longer than a couple of days)
  • top, long sleeve polar fleece
  • thermal layer - summer weight
  • thermal layer - winter weight - (spring/fall) 
  • Stuff sacks and helmet bags for the above
  • Sandals, Keens, for camp shoes or a night on the town.
  • drybag, 5L, used for dirty laundry
For trips longer in duration, I will add more clothing as needed, and launder the clothes with what means I have to hand. 


  • Camp Suds soap 
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste - travel size
  • nail clippers
  • dental floss
  • foam ear plugs (for when your tent mate snores to wake the dead)
  • shaving foam
  • razor, disposable
  • deodorant
  • insect repellent, 30% DEET
  • Sunscreen
  • MEC small toiletry bag to contain the above 
  • towel, small micro fibre with stuff sack attached to the toiletry bag
  • toilet paper (in a waterproof ziploc bag)


  • First Aid Kit - Coghlans's Trek, added extra band-aids, gauze and tape.
  • Lantus Insulin pen and needle tips
  • pill boxes for diabetic pills
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • pepto bismul
  • immodium 

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