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8 Motorcycle Camping Gear Essentials for Under $300

 Enjoy the outdoors with these light-weight, compact camping gear deals.

Published on 06.23.2014
Enjoying a night of motorcycle camping

Nothing re-energizes your spirits like a tranquil night of camping under the stars. Adventure Motorcycles allow us to access pristine wilderness areas and remote beaches that few people ever have an opportunity to experience in their life. To ensure an enjoyable camping experience, you need to come prepared with the right motorcycle camping gear.

Motorcycle camping gear is a lot different than what you would use for a car camping trip. You need compact gear that is easy to store on your bike and it needs to be lightweight. This will ensure that your gear doesn’t disturb the handling of your motorcycle during the ride. Light-weight, compact motorcycle camping gear is especially important when you ride off-road to your campsite. The gear you choose must also offer good comfort and convenience and have adequate quality to last for awhile.

For our motorcycle camping gear list, we include the essential items you will need to have a pleasant camping experience on a budget. All of the gear will offer good value for the money and get you out camping without maxing your credit card. We focus on light-weight, compact camping gear with enough comfort for your typical weekend or week-long motorcycle camping trip.

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Author: Rob Dabney

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31 thoughts on “8 Motorcycle Camping Gear Essentials for Under $300

    • Hey Mark – Prices shown are the ones found when the article was published. Prices may fluctuate up and down without notice.

  1. Good stuff!! I have the GSI cookset and I don’t think you can get anything better for the price. It is super lightweight and everything nests nicely inside the pot. Even a pocket stove can be stored in there.

  2. This is a great article. I wish I had it as a resource before my first pass at purchasing Moto Camping Gear. Mistakes I made buying the wrong stuff meant having to double spend to get the right items.

  3. After many long range bike trips one of my essentials is the Alite Butterfly chair. Size & weight VS comfort, it is as much of a return on investment as the thermarest. Having somewhere to sit back & relax after a day of riding is something I won’t do without again.

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  5. The dromedery water bag will be 4kg when filled. You wont ride around with an empty water bag. Nevertheless, very helpful article.

  6. As much as Eureka Apex Solo is great tent, one person tent is, in my opinion, to small. Two person tent at least. Except if you sleep in your gear. And the vestibule is not so big for you boots, helmet, jacket, pants… And outside they get wet from dew.
    I would suggest Eureka Apex 2XT or Eureka Tetragon 2

  7. I have the same Ptec light, its good but if you leave it unused for month+ the batterys will die on its own. Good light otherwise.

    • Hey Don – As stated in the article, prices shown are the ones found when the article was published. Prices may fluctuate up and down without notice, depending on demand, season etc.

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  9. This is a very good basic list, especially given the $300 cap, however there’s literally a myriad of options when it comes to brands and features. While 10 pounds is certainly lightweight, on a motorcycle, the final weight is far less critical than the compact size, comfort and usability of the gear. For example, camp gear ratings are always optimistic. A 2-man tent is really a 1-man plus gear. A 1-man tent can be nearly unusable. A 20 degree bag is really a 40 degree bag. A loaded Swiss knife is arguably a better camp knife than a frame-style knife. A ThermaRest pad is less comfortable and compact than a Big Agnes Air Core. For a little extra money, you can spring for the good stuff… Other essentials I bring with me are a lighter, some Ronson lighter fluid, 12VDC plug for the bike and any accessories, like an inflator. Don’t forget a compact lantern, a mil-spec CREE flashlight and even an REI Flex Lite or Monarch chair. I do bring a camp coffee pot and use the interior space to nest my stove, utensils, coffee, lantern and other small items so it takes almost no more space. And of course, a good camp coffee cup with an inflatable pillow nested inside is important.

  10. Great article. A few of the items on this list went with me on Leg 1 of my first BDR and will be coming along for the next 5 legs.

  11. Wow! A gear guide that makes sense! There’s no reason at all to break the bank on any of this stuff and the article highlights that. Here are a couple of things to spend your next $50 on: a see through drybag for your kitchen – makes finding coffee gear easier first thing in the morning. A Crazy Creek chair may be a little pricey but, like a comfortable sleeping pad, it’ll pay you back everytime you relax.

  12. Personally I find the one person tent too confining. A two person tent to me is actually what I would call a one person model. You need a place to put your gear, if you are in a rain storm you don’t want to be cooped up in such a confined space, and the weight savings on any decent sized bike is negligible.

  13. It seems like a great list..and the comments are very helpful but, as I plan my first trip I wonder….how much space does all this stuff take up? How am I going to fit it on my bike? Am I going buy more luggage?

    • Hi Dennis. For a short to medium length trip, you should be able to pack all of this equipment plus your clothes into a luggage setup that has about 60 liters of carrying capacity. A pair of soft or hard panniers and a decent sized top bag should do the trick. If you are a really efficient packer, you’ll have room to spare.

  14. Not sure if my eyes are bad or the summary table have bad color and its hard to read.
    As mentioned earlier was not sure if i can pack everything will probably need to get bigger top bag

  15. Good recommendations. I have several similar items all focused on being super light weight and small for ADV riding/packing on my Tiger 800xc. I usually wait until things are on sale, so my prices are cheaper than daily listings on Amazon. The main items are the GkGk Camping Stove + Camping Pot, Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad, ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent, Suisse Sport Adventurer Sleeping Bag, and a few other odds and ends similar to what you listed to pull my kit together. I stuff EVERYTHING camping related into one drypack, so it’s easy to unload and keep separate for other gear and tools.

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