Everyone encounters a time when they’re on a road trip and wonder why they didn’t bring something. You always forget something, no matter how much planning you do!
One of the ways to avoid missing an essential item is to use a planning checklist as you pack up your gear to start exploring the open road. Bookmark this page so that you can access the following list whenever you begin planning a new itinerary.
Maps. As a general rule of thumb, whatever can go wrong is going to happen at some point during your road trip. Phones stop working, GPS fails, and you get lost. If you bring a paper map along for the ride, then you can still figure out where to go. Make sure this product is tear-resistant and waterproof.
Travel Tool Kit. A small mechanical failure can sideline your entire bike for hours. Instead of relying on emergency roadside surfaces to get rolling again, bring along a few tools that can help you fix your general maintenance needs. Bringing what is required to tighten your chain should be your top priority.
Ear Plugs. The roar of your bike might speak profound words of wisdom, but that voice gets old when you’re on the road for hours at a time. Sustained highway noise can be harmful to your hearing with enough exposure to it. Protecting your hearing with a comfortable set of ear plugs can stop tinnitus from forming when you arrive at your destination.
Portable Air Compressor. If you need to fill a flat tire, then this tool is the only one that can help. You can use small CO2 containers to get to a local shop for a fix. Another option is to use a portable compressor that fits in one of your saddlebags.
Rain Gear. It might be the middle of the summer, but you can still encounter poor weather at almost any time. Bringing this equipment with you won’t take up a lot of space, and you’ll be thankful that you brought it along if precipitation happens. Don’t forget about your waterproof gloves!
Emergency Communicator. Your phone can serve this function in most locations, but what happens if you crash or break down in a place without a signal? Having a radio that enables communication to rescue services, family members, or friends can ensure that you get the help you need at a critical time.
Power Bank. When you’re on a long road trip, most bikes don’t have a place to help you charge your phone’s battery. That’s why bringing along a couple of power banks is helpful. When your percentages start to get low, then connect your device to this product to restore functionality. Then you can recharge it and your smartphone when you arrive at your destination.
Spare Key. It only takes once to break a key in your filler cap to create instant panic. Always bring an extra.
When you prepare for the worst, then you can get through any situation when taking a ride. Go through this checklist each time to ensure you’ve got what you need!