11 things to make dirtbike camping easier
Tools to ensure a better moto experience.
This story was originally published on Cycleworld.com.
Moto camping is as basic or deluxe as you want it to be. Sometimes we like to pack just the essentials on our motorcycles and rough it. But most of the time when camping with family and friends for a few days of riding motorcycles and having fun, we like to have good tools and a few nice creature comforts. Here’s a packing list of items we have used in the field and found to be good quality and to make the camping experience easier and better.
An extra-large camp mat like the OL Guildelife 90 x 103-inch ‘mud room’ unit works great outside your tent, trailer, motorhome to keep your campsite cleaner. It also can be used as an extra layer of insulation and durable flooring inside your tent, if you’re ground camping. It folds down small and a carry strap is included in the $50 price. Guide Life
Electric Portable Air Compressor
While it is true a standard manual ‘bicycle’ floor pump never runs out of power (as long as you can keep pumping), did you know it takes something like 400 strokes to inflate a larger motorcycle tire? That’s why we prefer better living through electricity: Check out the SuperFlow portable air compressor. It’s inexpensive, runs on 12 volts, and produces 140 psi, just in case your truck, motorhome, or trailer needs a few pounds of air while on the road. It’s also great for air mattresses and more, using included nozzle attachments. Q Industries
Assembling a good motorcycle tool kit that is small enough to carry but complete enough to do all the jobs you might need to perform in a remote location is no easy task. Motorcycle-specific toolmakers like Motion Pro make some trick tools such as the Multi-Purpose Metric Tool, which is a great start on building a kit of your own. But also look at CruzTools, which sells complete kits for specific bike brands, as well as general kits for on- and off-road. We like the DMX2 Fender-Mount kit for most off-road bikes as a one-stop purchase. CruzTools
Trucker’s Friend Survival Axe
Okay, the Trucker’s Friend axe looks more like a medieval battle weapon than a utility tool, but it does many jobs like pound or remove nails, chip ice (please, not while we’re camping!), or help install tire chains (again, not while we’re trying to camp…). But it is also an excellent pry bar and works great for chopping wood or driving in/removing awning and tent stakes. It’s become our go-to tool around camp. Off Grid Tools
Comfy Camp Chair With Side Table
Deluxe Camp Stove
Setting up a multi-day camp means having a good kitchen. It starts with a great folding two-burner stove like the Camp Chef Pro 60X ($230 on Amazon). This propane stove packs small, has flip-out side tables, and accepts a bunch of accessories like a Grill Box, Cast Iron Griddle, and a Pizza Oven (see tip 7). Good meals make for happy campers. Camp Chef
A Pizza Oven
We know, pizza isn’t a go-to when you think of camp food, but it’s actually really great. Nice features of the Camp Chef pizza oven are that it cooks beautifully, heats up rapidly, and the stone is screwed in place so the oven is easy to transport. We like ours so much we use it at home, too. Camp Chef
Collapsible Utility Table
From food prep to mealtime to making for a great work space, a camp table is absolutely essential. The Camp Chef Mesa aluminum portable table is excellent for several reasons: Table top and legs pack small in the included carry bag. Setup takes less than a minute, and adjustable height means you can set it to dining level or workbench level with easy. Camp Chef
Rechargeable Lanterns and Headlamps
Is there any place so dark as a campsite you have yet to set up? Perhaps the only place darker is the tent where your 5-year-old is supposed to be going to sleep… Yes, portable, durable, adjustable battery-powered lighting is key to any reasonable night-ops, and the Guide Life rechargeable Base Camp lantern and Timber Trail headlamp work great. The 5.6-inch-tall lantern produces 520 lumens of soft white LED light on high, there’s a built-in carabiner for easy hanging, and a USB-out charging port to juice your phone or other electronics in a pinch. Three light levels (plus SOS flash) suit every mood. The headlamp offers spot-to-flood beam adjustment, five lighting levels up to 250 lumens, as well as red for maintaining night vision. Dustproof and water resistant, the headlamps run on an included rechargeable lithium-ion battery or three AA alkalines in a pinch. Guide Life
If you aren’t a 100-percent off-grid camper who’s got generators and refrigerators and solar power, keeping food cold the old-fashioned way with a great cooler and ice is the simple, cost-effective choice. This Camp Chef 50-liter cooler held all the cold goods we needed to cook for three people on a four-day trip. It is super sturdy, closes securely with rubber latches, and a rubber seal makes it airtight. It is also accepts a padlock, the feet can be reversed to grip or slide, and the handles are removable so the cooler can be tied down while still allowing lid access. Camp Chef
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