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8 Motorcycle Camping Gear Essentials for Under $300

Enjoy the outdoors with these lightweight, compact camping gear deals.

Published on 05.03.2018

4. HydraPak Seeker 3 Liter Water Storage ($18.96)

HydraPak Seeker 3L Motorcycle Camping

Volume 0.8 Gallon (3 Liter)
Dimensions: 14.2 in. x 5.3 in. (36.1 cm. x 13.5 cm.)
Weight Full: 6.8 lbs. (3.1 kg.)
Weight Empty: 0.2 lbs (85 g.)

For a day ride, running out of water is inconvenient at most. But for an off-the-grid multi- day ride, it can mean life and death. Having more water than what is in your wearable hydration pack is a must, because other than drinking, you need it for cooking, cleaning, brushing your teeth, etc.


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The HydraPak Seeker 3L is TPU constructed, RF welded and has a rectangular shape when filled, which is typically easier to find space for inside your luggage compared to a round or irregular shaped pouch. There are also lash points to secure it outside your luggage or hang it for easy pouring access and/or filling. The 42mm rigid mouth makes it easy to fill and accepts Katadyn’s BeFree water filter for wild-camping fill ups. Once empty, the Seeker can be rolled and packed pretty much anywhere. TPU is ultra-durable and puncture resistant so you can ride hard without worry of springing a leak.

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Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
June 25, 2014 10:38 am

Great tips! +1 on that MSR Dromedary bag. Awesome bag for carrying water or even extra fuel.

Phil W.
Phil W.
June 25, 2014 4:58 pm

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.

JimD
JimD
July 12, 2014 10:13 am

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.

CrazyJ
CrazyJ
September 29, 2014 4:44 pm

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.

Rasta papa
Rasta papa
September 3, 2015 10:03 am
Reply to  CrazyJ

I’m on the same page CrazyJ, I love the monarch leg less chair after a day of riding to really get some needed rest!

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March 11, 2015 9:46 pm

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Phil Robinson
Phil Robinson
March 31, 2015 7:29 pm

Great info guys, lightweight and enough for a long weekend away

Don Carson
Don Carson
September 12, 2015 5:42 pm

I don’t know where the price $89.97 for the Eureka tent came from, but it is not even close.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
September 23, 2015 4:12 pm
Reply to  Don Carson

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.

mykuljay
mykuljay
September 13, 2015 1:15 pm

What a terrific article for a first-time motorcycle camper such as myself!

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MG Parker
MG Parker
December 4, 2015 2:03 pm

Good list but I like the Catoma Lone Rider or 2up2 tents. Both set up in 60 seconds.

Lace Thomas
Lace Thomas
January 6, 2016 11:56 pm

Nice article you got here, I was wondering which are the best gears I needed to the camping I was planning to do. Thank you for the info.

Chris C
Chris C
February 24, 2016 2:24 pm

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.

MrBill
MrBill
August 9, 2016 1:03 pm

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.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
August 10, 2016 10:17 am
Reply to  MrBill

That’s awesome Bill! Which ones are your favorites?

Martin Ziebell
Martin Ziebell
August 11, 2016 4:00 am

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.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
August 11, 2016 8:35 am
Reply to  Martin Ziebell

Those are some nice suggestions Martin. We’ll check them out. Thanks for your input!

Dave
Dave
November 29, 2016 8:21 pm

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.

Dennis
Dennis
December 29, 2016 8:11 am

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?

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
December 30, 2016 8:08 am
Reply to  Dennis

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.

Gritboy
Gritboy
February 5, 2017 3:43 pm

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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David
David
May 8, 2018 12:23 pm

As mentioned there are a lot of variables so I’ll only touch on one. Cost. Consider a tent. You might save money at the point of purchase on a less expensive tent, but the first rain/wind storm could have you begging to give that money to someone for better shelter. If you camp instead of hotel, even for a few nights, you get all that money back AND you have the better tent for life. “Nothing is more expensive than cheap tools”.

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JACK
JACK
July 19, 2018 9:18 pm

After 54 years of motorcycle camping all over the USA, Canada and Australia, I have found a few truths about camping and they are.
1. any tent you cant stand up in is a waist of money
2. and air mattress is far better to sleep on and the thermal factor is far higher. don’t throw your money away on a pad.
3. Your knife selection is also very bad, a good all purpose knife will split into three parts. one for knife one for fork and one for spoon. it opens cans or bottles and slice or carve anything you want, and you don’t have to carry extra eating utensils.
4 one good cast iron pan can cook any meal you want including making soup and its a lot cheaper and will last a life time.

enough there are far to many people on the road in their huge campers or loud hot rods who do not know camp ground courtesy, and make it miserable for those of us who use to love the peace and quiet of the camp grounds in the evening. Now one has to travel farther and farther in to the back roads to find that and the farther you go the worse the roads are.

I would be nice if some company would start a CAMP GROUND COURTESY COURSE.

Ron
Ron
October 7, 2019 11:14 am

That tent is over ninety bucks now

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