How To Pack For Your Next ADV/Dual Sport Ride

How To Pack For Your Next ADV/Dual Sport Ride

Hi, I’m Eric from,
and today we’re going to do a quick video on how to pack for your next adventure ride. Ok, so what we have here today is…I’m using a bunch
of different stuff, and it just depends on the ride you’re gonna go on. So for this ride,
this is the combination of luggage that I’m choosing. Starting with, we’re gonna start
with these tank panniers up here. And there’s one on each side, of course. But inside here,
I have one of my water bottles. And you can see that’s seen some miles. I normally
carry three water bottles, but that’s just one of them. I have that one there for drinking
and close to me. But that’s pretty much everything that’s in this side, right here. You’ve got
my tool pack and this has…we have another video that we go over what to put in your
pack and what to carry. So all that stuff’s inside my pack. Okay, now moving to this other side. More
pieces in here. But the first thing coming out is my Tusk Portable Power and Jump Starter.
And with that is the jumper cables. So I’ve got tubes, I’ve got a front tube and a rear
tube. I’ve got a little pump, and then I have bag that has all the connectors for that pump.
So you’ve got your cigarette lighter adapter, just the other parts and pieces that go with
that. Just found a little bag that was about the right size. And then I also have a buddy
toe strap, and then some rock straps. So in case I’m wearing my jacket, I don’t wanna
wear it, it’s hot, I can strap it over the back of the machine. And then I have a Tusk
Tire Repair Kit. So this has patches, plugs, CO2, pretty much anything you need to fix
a flat tire, right there, in that pack. Next, we’re going to look and see what’s inside
my Enduro Tank Bag. There’s some things that I want to get to quick and easily. I’ve got
some things like some earplugs for those long highway sections. I’ve got some extra ziplocks
in here, some gallon-sized ziplocks, in case I get into some rain, and I need to hurry
up and get my phone dry. I’ve got an extra pair of gloves, I wear dirt gloves a lot.
And I like to have an extra set close at hand. One of my favorite items that I never knew
that I was gonna need is a headlamp. When you get camping and you need both hands to
cook dinner, or both hands to work on a machine, or whatever, these things are lifesavers.
I bring a pair of safety glasses, so not really safety glasses, but clear lenses. So, on our
adventure bikes, we can flip up or shield. And sometimes when the going gets tight, I
like my shield up, get a little more air flow. But at night, when the sun goes down, your
sunglasses don’t work to protect your eyes for that slow glowing. So I’ve got these.
I normally wear my sunglasses during the day and then as soon as it gets dark, I’ll throw
those in. I always carry a hard map. I run the GPS’s,
I’ve got the Garmin Zumo, I also have the inReach. So I pretty much know where I’m at
at all times using these two items, but I always like a hard map. Just some other things,
some charging cables to keep my phone charged, to keep even the little…the portable power
thing charged. Some more cables. Now onto shield care. I’ve got, right here, I’ve got
a small bottle of Plexus for the outside and I’ve got some anti-fog for the inside of my
shield. And I use it on my sunglasses as well. I also have a lighter, I have some waterproof
matches, an air gauge. I found that you always need an air gauge, always checking the air
pressure. So it’s nice to have that close at hand. I’ve got a little thing of DEET, bug repellent.
And then, of course, some snacks. I like to carry an assortment. You never know when you’re
going to need, and what kind of snacks. And then some gum. And that’s what I have inside
here. So this isn’t my main food, of course. This is just what I have close at hand, this
is what I’m gonna be using on the road. It’s kind of disorganized in here but I know what’s
in there. And it actually works pretty well for me. So moving on to the back of the bike, I have
the Enduro duffel. And it’s on there pretty securely. One thing that I do like about how
it’s mounted is I can always tighten it up. I can use different straps, I can use more
straps. I’ve not ever lost a soft bag off the back. I really like these soft bags back
here. So, yeah, we’ll just take it off so I can show you what’s inside this thing. I’m
guessing this is going to amaze you. Attached to the side of this, I do have the bottle
holders. They’re actually sold separately but I’ve got a little sitting there that’s
separate of the bag. All right, now moving on to our Rocky Mountain
saddle bags. So, come off pretty easy. It’s just another rolltop bag. And they have a
waterproof liner, so pretty simple just to pull that liner out. Ready to go. I’ve got
a couple more things in here I want to show you. One of them, I’ve got my Giant Loop bushwhackers,
and those are hand guards. So if the weather gets bad, if it gets cold, it’s one strap
that go on over the top of your existing hand guards. They’re pretty beat up, you can see.
I take these things everywhere. But I really do like how much water and cold they take
off…keep from your hands. Depending on the ride, so this ride, we’re
gonna do some miles. And so I’ve got an extra quart of oil. So moving on other side here,
it’s the same thing, just on the other side of the bike. These seem scary until you get
used to the system and how it works. They look like they might be a pain to work with,
but it’s actually pretty slick. All right, so here we are with the Enduro duffel. And
this basically has all of my tent, my sleeping bag, so all the actual camping stuff, I have
in here. So first thing out, I’ve got my tent stakes. The tent I use is Eureka! Midori,
takes five tent stakes. And I’ve set it up, so I know exactly what it takes. I’ve got the waterproof bag in here, so you’ve
got your waterproof liner. And inside that, I’ve got my Big Agnes 15-degree sleeping bag.
So it’s pretty compact but you could actually go bigger, I think you could get zero in here.
And with that, I’ve got the Q-Core insulated mat, that’s part of the Big Agnes sleep system.
And then I have the Eureka! Midori 2 tent. And this tent is just right for what we’re
doing. It’s actually a two-person tent, but by the time I get all my gear inside out of
the rain, this works really well. The vestibule is just the right size, put your boots underneath
it. I really dig this tent. All right, so then one of my favorite things,
we have the Joey chair. It’s the camp chair that, you could see that’s pretty small package.
And then underneath the waterproof liner, or separate, is my footprint. And this is
a footprint…this is just a homemade one we made out of Tyvek for this tent. So it’s
going to be dirty, it’s going to be wet. So I keep that separate. All right, now we’re
moving on to what I have in my saddle bags. You pack for the ride, and so this one, it
looks like we could get some weather, we’re probably gonna have some highs in the 60s.
So I’ve got some extra cold weather stuff that I normally wouldn’t carry this time of
year. But I’ve got things like a beanie, I’ve got a lite balaclava, I’ve got a big cold-weather
balaclava. I have my mid-layer. So I’ve got my jacket
and I have my pants. So these are both fairly thick mid-layers. You could see they’re pretty
bulky. And then I have my electric, my heated gear. So I have a jacket in here, and a controller.
And then also my heated gloves. I also have some heated pants, the heated pant liners,
but I don’t think you may encounter them on this trip. And then moving on to the food. And so inside
these bags…because I like to put things in different bags. And these are just things
that I found work. They’re not designed necessarily for this but I like to be able to get into
my bag and say, “Okay, I’m going to cook dinner, cook breakfast.” And I want everything, so
I know that if I got these two, I’ve got everything I need for my cooking. And inside here, I’ve
got my milk tea, I have some cup of noodles. I have coffee, I have…these are just chicken
bouillon cubes, instant oatmeal for breakfast, my creamer, and I’ve just got a little cheap
cup. And then I have my Jetboil. All of that fits into that little pack right there, quite
a bit going on. And then, over in this other one, I normally
do a couple dehydrated meals and I also do a cup of soup. So these are just some new
ones I’m trying. I’ve got some dehydrated meals, and then these cool little things.
So the fold’s flat, but it’s actually a plate. So most of the time I’m eating out of the
package. With the dehydrated stuff, you’d eat out of the package, and stew, you’d eat
it out of the can. But I don’t know, I picked this up and thought I’d give them a shot,
and see how much I like them. So also, with my food, I have more zip locks, the gallon-sized
zip locks. And these are primarily for garbage. That’s something that I didn’t…you don’t
anticipate the first couple of times. And you’re like, “Man, I wish I had a place for
my garbage.” So I carry that. I also have some plastic utensils. So that’s pretty much
it on my food kit. My clothes. I don’t know who to give credit
for this system, but someone told us about the gallon zip lock system. And I don’t know
if it was on a forum or what. What we’ve been using is, it’s a day. So each day is a zip
lock. So, four-day trip, I have three days worth of clothes here. So I have, inside here,
I didn’t put my underwear in here just for the sake of scaring you guys. But normally
I’d have my fresh set of underwear, I’ve got a fresh pair of socks, riding socks, I’ve
got a fresh jersey, riding jersey, like a wicking material, and whatever skins I’m using.
So I have some Moto-Skiveez in here, I have some more thermal in this one, and then some
slick, bike skins in this one, a vintage jersey instead of the base layer in this one, another
base layer in this one. But they’re pretty much…so what happens is you get to camp,
you set up your camp, you go in and you clean up, and change out into your leisure clothes.
And that’s what I have here. So I have a pair of shorts that can be a swimsuit
as well, and then some regular socks and a t-shirt, just for relaxing around the fire
or whatever I’m doing that night, even if we’re at a motel or whatever. I can pretty
much go out on the town in these clothes. So these clothes are separate. But when I
get ready to go, I change out everything, changing out my underwear, change out my socks.
And then the dirty stuff goes back into the same bag, and the bag goes back in you pannier
or your saddle bag. So everything is contained in this gallon-size. And we found this gallon-size
works perfect. The zip lock, of course, keeps things pretty dry. Moving on, something that I won’t go without
is baby wipes. Cleanup after the day, I’m a big fan of the baby wipes. And then I just
have a little bag of my toiletries. I’ve got some Ibuprofen in here, I have sunscreen,
toothpaste, underarm, just your basic stuff. So I have everything I need. But it’s not
luxurious by any means. You’re going to run into people out there that have less. They
like more the minimalist approach. They’re not going to have change of clothes everyday,
or fresh underwear everyday, or whatever. And their meals are going to be different.
I’ve done quite a bit of research on meals, and what you guys like out there as far as
meals go. And everybody is different. There’s some people out there that want to cook. I
like to ride on these things. I don’t like to spend…I don’t like to do a lot of work
in camp. And so anything that can be simpler and easier, I’m all for. I’m a pretty big
guy, I don’t use a ton of energy when I ride. So making sure I have enough calories everyday
isn’t a super big deal. If you have other needs, if you’re going on a long ride and
you need to sustain yourself for a long, long time, of course, your system, your setup is
going to be different. But for me, for the casual guy, that we’re just going on three,
four-day trips, maybe week-long trips, this works great for me. One thing I touched on a minute ago was water.
So, when I show up, as you can see, I’m going to use a lot of water. Every time I show up
at camp, I’ve got everything almost here needs some water. So I like to show up at camp with
three small bottles of water. I just know that that’s how much it takes, three of those
bottles. I need to show up at camp with three. And because you’ve got dinner, you’ve got
breakfast, you’ve got brushing your teeth, you’ve got a little bit of cleanup. And I’ve
tried to do it with two, and I was nervous the whole time I was going to run out, and
so I wasn’t using what I wanted to use. And I normally stash those wherever I can. One
thing we have learned is you don’t want to put these in with your clothes, especially
in a hard pannier. You’ll break them, you’ll get all you clothes wet. So that’s why I use
the bottle holders or I’ll stuff them in the tank pannier, or I’ll stuff them somewhere
else. I just don’t want to get everything wet. We’ve actually put this all back together
in some different luggage, just to show you the difference. What we have here is we have
the Expedition dry duffel, and then we have the Tusk panniers. So these are the large panniers,
not the mediums. So everything, we just laid out. Everything we talked about is on this
right now. And so, just looking inside here, you can see that there’s quite a bit of room.
There’s tons of extra room in here that, if you need to bring something else, or carry
extra luggage, just for a frame of reference, that’s how much more room there is. I would
use this setup, this is just a different setup. It’s bigger, there’s quite a bit more space
in there. So if I’m going to do a trip where I’m doing lots of street, I’m using hotels
a lot, maybe I’ve got my lovely wife with me, whatever it is, and I need more luggage
space, this is what I’m going to use. Essentially, it’s unlimited. You can have
any setup you want on your bikes. And you see it all the time, You’ve got guys with
duffel bags, regular duffel bags, or street saddlebags that are tied on these things,
and they seem totally happy with it. So there’s a lot of different options. One more option, we talked about going big.
This one’s more going small. So these bags, the Enduro series, you don’t even need pannier
racks or anything to hug on your bike. They basically just go over the top of the rear
of your seat. And I actually, the last time we went out, I used these bags. And I was
able to get everything that we talked about in our kit, besides the cold weather stuff.
So I didn’t have my cold weather balaclava, I didn’t have my heated gloves, and I didn’t
have my heated jacket, my heated liner. But everything else went into these saddlebags
and that Enduro duffel. And so it just depends how you want to do it. And it seems like the
longer I do this, the smaller I try to make my kit, and the smaller I try to be lighter.
Lighter is always better especially when you got the weight back at the back, and it’s
high up. So this is a good option. And there’s other bags that are about this size, that,
I think, would work fine as well. Whatever way you decide to go, I want to basically
tell you guys thanks for spending the time and getting to know what’s inside my camping
gear, inside my kit, inside my bags. I hope you guys get out there and get on an adventure.
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100 thoughts on “How To Pack For Your Next ADV/Dual Sport Ride

  1. smart setup, a lot of similarities .your right everyone has their own way of travel and that the best part of why we do this

  2. This is the second video I've seen from RMATV that showed a bum pack with the sides cut off for a tool pack. Sounds like it's time to make one from the factory that way under the Tusk brand. (Hint, hint…) Nice to see a good setup that's not extreme minimalist, but not the kitchen sink either.

  3. Didn't mention camp shoes. Gotta take some shoes that let you ditch the boots at the end of the ride. Shoes take a lot of room too.

  4. Thank you for this great video. One question. what kind of extra weight are we talking about here? I know it depends on allot of factors but what would you say would be your goal of max weight?

  5. if you run bibb mouse inserts you can do away with the tubes and repair kit and other stuff related to that  what do you think?

  6. Hey Eric. Nice job! One item that I was thinking about when it comes to water is a filtration kit. I have a filtration kit that is the size of a water bottle. I also didn't see a camp stove. Maybe you mentioned it. I take a camp stove that will run on any type of fuel. Again, it is the size of a water bottle.

  7. Thanks for the great video, I would just suggest, no matter what type of ride it is, that you take at least a minimal first aid kit. Many of us seem to overlook this seemingly useless piece of kit, but it can and has been a life saver. Leave that little jump-start thing and take first aid, push start your bike…..

  8. what happend to strapping your bag and tent on the back of your bike and a visa card in your pocket and go….easier to buy a gold wing to carry all this…

  9. The only thing not loaded up was a cast iron kitchen sink.  Avoid taking so much crap.  The weight will make the ride miserable.  If riding with a group spread the spares etc.

  10. I never take all this gear but man…..if i need something i always hope theres a guy like you in the pac! Not Pack….pac! lol

  11. How many litters of storage space do you have on your bike for storage?
    Looking at some bags but cant decide how much space I need.

  12. I use to pack like that now I bring half of that. Around the world trip solo maybe. Also if you ride with few guys you could share quite a few things.

  13. I Don't know if Ear Plugs are the safest Idea, full face helmet. I'd also put that lighter in the ziplock bag you had right beside it. Pretty cool though, got something for everything. Extra water is the best thing ever.

  14. you carry more stuff for a short ride than me and my GF combined are for a multi year RTW

    it should be called… "how to overpack for you next ride"

  15. I don't know where you saw the gallon zip lock system, but, I was taught that system about 25 yrs ago, by my sergeant who was an artillery crewman for a time. Another tip, roll socks and underwear into a shirt for each day, roll it up dirty with the socks on the outside so you know what's clean/dirty. My two cents. Great vid, btw, thanks.

  16. At some point , you should ask yourself if your still on a motorcycle ? All I carry is a Drago tactical back pack with a hydration bladder inside . It fits everything I need , including clean undies for every day . Ditch the tent , and find an enclosed hammock !! Saves tons of room , and they sleep world's better = ) I also use a fanny pack for my tools , which can also be attached to most rear fenders if you don't want to wear it . I bet all those bags cost thousands of dollars to outfit a motorcycle the way this one is . Not to mention how it must affect the handling of the ride . All you need is a back pack people !! = / Guy looks like he's riding a friggin hotel = D

  17. Great vid. Always good to see what people are karting around and why. I'm new and still learning. Thanks for the effort. 👍

  18. Wow that is entirely to much stuff! The point of a dual sport is to get away from all of the unnecessary junk and seeing something you wouldn't see otherwise. You would have a hell of a time riding a bike loaded like a minivan thru tight technical trails! I would love to see him take this setup up a hill climb. If I needed this much junk to take a trip I would just take my truck and stay at a hotel…

  19. I am still in Laos right now and I saw people traveling (not on a bike) sometimes so puristic and with so little things… this is so far away from that. Especially the little bag directly in front of him: there was so much useless luxury stuff I would say… But on the same time no first aid kit?!
    I think its quite obvious that this whole setup is just made for little weekend trips in developed countries which is for me disappointing because I wanted to see something more prepared for a big adventure (there you will be forced to cook and you can't rely on this kind of food…or a "travel pharmacy" is missing too e.g.).
    And there aredefinitely some mistakes! First what the hell are you doing with these little water bottles? Take big ones! And especially use a water balloon so you can drink without putting your helmet off. You wanna do some kilometers, so otherwise you'll start drinking less because every time to drink water means to do a little break. And the same counts for food. Be sure to eat enough. Sometimes I was stressed and I really wanted to reach here in south east Asia a certain city, so I didn't and I lost several kilos (which isn't a good thing if you have actually not a lot of fat to loose…)

  20. Hope you add a first aid kit. Nice list of stuff to bring, but it seems excessive for most 🙂
    Happy riding.

  21. Awesome video. 15:26 I think you should have a look at the Lifesaver Bottle. It's good for purifying 6000L or 12,000 water bottles without have to carry the water

  22. I never seen so many negative people in my life, you can take anything you want. I bet 90% don't ever leave your house let alone leave for a few days. I take a lot of the stuff he uses only because thats what I want to take for a 3 day trip in the woods, why live like a caveman? I have done many overnight trips on my drz400 and I pack the same as I would if I was on my goldwing. So grab your 6 pack of Busch, and nothing else, and lets see how many nights you make it when its in the 40s.

  23. Wolfman bags are over the top expensive, have a look at Enduristan. I just did a full review test on them and they are bomber!!

  24. You carry a quart of oil, think about getting a decent bike? What a big baby taking all that crap, we ride 2 up and carry half that junk.

  25. Before packing all this stuff, please take a look at eveRide's "ADV ersity" videos — he does a gear breakdown after a really really tough ride on an overloaded KLR. IMHO, this is the sorta experience you want to avoid where you've taken everything and the kitchen sink, but you have a crappy time out there because you're carrying 100lbs of crap you don't really need.

    I think this setup isn't as bad off because the KLR is such a pig weight-wise with zero gear, but weight is certainly the key metric imo.

  26. I'd consider also taking these: …..Paper towel, white cotton shop towels, or micro-fiber cloths for wiping up spills, etc. distress whistle, water filter, and a metal cup for boiling up more, for drinking. nail clippers, and file, and first aid kit. reflective survival blankets, maps, compass, and GPS + batteries, (and solar battery charger?), tire pump, electrical tape, and good pocket knife/multi-tool, pencil and paper.

  27. I've ridden Newfoundland, across the US several times, north of the Arctic Circle in the Yukon and through Alaska camping the whole way. Never thought of myself as a minimalist… But I guess I must be. Oh well, to each his own… I would add a first aid kit though.. didn't hear that mentioned… suggest tossing the camp chair for first aid kit… Or given its a metric, toss the spare quart of oil. My Honda and Yamaha never use any.

  28. Why the jump starter? Just roll start your bike or find a hill. Way too much stuff! And no first aid kit of any kind!

  29. You could save a heap of weight and have room for beer or food if you ditched all the bags and replaced with simple plastic rubbish bags. Also a LED camp light is better than headlight, mine light lasts 6 months and can charge my phone 6 times.

  30. Nice video, and I did learn some things, but there is no way I would take all of that stuff. Too many bags, too many items, just too cumbersome. Glad it works for you though. Thanks.

  31. Great vid and thanks for the tips.That bike is pretty tall as it is and with the bag on the seat seems like getting on and off would be a bit of chore. Happy Trails ya'll !!

  32. I thought this was very well done. Every detail was covered here where the other " what to pack" videos were lacking. Thank you!

  33. Which system is holding the panniers? Does it beef up the rear, since there isn't a great deal of load bearing capability on the 690?

  34. C’mon everyone, you know that Rocky Mountain videos are just sales ads. No need for all the negative comments – you already knew what was going to happen, lol.

  35. When I was young a sleeping bag stapped to the back of the old Harley would do for camping. Two bottles of peppermint schnapps in the saddle bags was dinner. Of course that was back in the 70s and 80s. I was young and bullet proof. Now it's all about comfort. I no longer take my Harley off road. And I can't ride more than an hour or so without stopping nor more than a couple hours a day. My back just can't do it. But can't do it in a car either. But the old Heritage is more comfortable than the car. I've been thinking of a crf250l for riding around in desert around the house and learned as a kid to take supplies as you never know when you may be spending the night because of breakdown or any other unforseen issue. Its amazing what you can pack now. Thanks!

  36. I'd probably carry less as I'm different as we all are but this is the most informative video I've seen out of hundreds. You hit a lot of points and explain how and why. It builds a timeline for the trip and breaks down how everything fits. From this I can visualize my own personal needs and how to suit them. Thanks for the video.

  37. Complete overkill. As the legend goes: Before you pack to leave put all your gear, bags and equipment on your living room floor and then place your cash next too it. Next, remove at least half of your gear, then double the amount of cash and you are good to go 🙂

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