When you are traveling for a few months on a motorcycle, one of the challenges is packing. Last summer, we went on a 6 months trip around Europe, from Turkey to North Cape in Norway and it was even more challenging as we would need a wide variety of clothes for hot and cold weather. Going to Morocco was a bit easier, and we were lucky that even the end of October was very mild, with around 60 degrees in Paris.
Above you can see a picture from last year, this year we used the same 3 panniers but didn’t put anything on top of the rear topcase. Half of the bike’s storage was mine, and here is what I packed.
First, a small backpack, it is a 15 liters one I think, ideal to take on a day trip when you leave the rest of the stuff on the bike. Inside goes my laptop, ipod, cellphone, chargers and international adapter, and important papers like my passport.
All that fits inside plus a bottle of water, gum and light snacks.
Then there is a long bag that fits in the upper part of the bike’s pannier, I put my flip flops as a reference there so you can see that it isn’t huge either.
Inside I put my indispensable items, like said flip flops to shower in shared bathrooms, running pant, shirt and bra, a few t-shirt, underwear and clothes for 2-3 days. The idea is to take only that thing out and not the bigger bag on most nights, then rotate with fresh clothes after a few days.
The third and last bag is a bit bigger and fills the rest of the pannier. It is pretty cool that the bags are exactly the shape of the panniers so you don’t spend hours trying to pack something that won’t fit.
That bigger bag also has a small detachable pouch that fits a notebook, headphones, random small items like a nail clipper or extra soaps.
Inside the big bag I only keep more clothes, a second pair of jeans, one pair of shorts, some t-shirts, underwear, one pull-over for when it gets cold, a bathing suit, and a pareo that is used as scarf, head scarf, picnic table, towel, beach towel, bed linen, skirt and about a thousand other ways.
I took a picture of my running shoes, those were the only shoes I took with me safe for the flip flops so if we were riding the bike I was wearing them, otherwise I was walking around in flip flops.
Then there is my jacket, it contains my keys, a pouch for credit cards, driving license and bus pass, and a coin holder.
That’s it for my personal space. We also share a tankbag with BF where I mainly put my hygiene products, and there is a square pannier at the back of the bike where we keep a tent and two sleeping bags, as well as some food reserve, oil for the bike, etc.
I did a full service of the bike before we left so we didn’t take tools with us, which is a bit crazy but we weren’t planning on going to really remote places were we wouldn’t find a mechanic in the next 20 miles or so. Luckily, nothing happened.
We did laundry roughly every 10 days, I could have lasted longer but BF brought fewer clothes. You can find laundromats in Western Europe and in Morocco there are ladies that will wash and fold your clothes for a fee almost everywhere.
You can also read how I packed a single suitcase to spend a year in Guatemala.
Every tried to travel light? Did the airline luggage fees make you a more efficient packer?
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