My Favorite Motorcycle Camping Gear of 2023
Looking for new motorcycle camping gear? Over the last ten years, I’ve used all kinds of camping gear on my motorcycle trips. From budget-friendly items to big investment purchases, it’s probably in my gear closet. In this blog, I’ll be going over my favorite camping gear as of 2023.
It’s no secret that motorcycle camping is one of my favorite outdoor activities. From leisurely weekend road trips to cross-country adventures, I typically camp rather than stay in hotels.
Since I published my top picks blog in 2021, I’ve swapped out, upgraded, and added to my camping gear collection. Especially my camp kitchen gear. I’ve been having fun coming up with motorcycle camping recipes over the past two years!
I’m often asked what gear I’m using, so let’s get y’all updated on what I’m enjoying the most these days!
Where to Buy Motorcycle Camping Gear
If you’re wondering where I buy motorcycle camping gear, there are a few places I tend to shop:
REI: I’ve been an REI Co-Op member for more years than I can count. Their employees are always incredibly knowledgeable, and their REI-branded items are also great quality to say the least. They’re a one-stop shop for all outdoor activities, beyond all the gear they carry that will work well for motorcycle camping!
Moto Camp Nerd: Ben and Mary hand-pick all the gear they sell at Moto Camp Nerd, ensuring that it gets their seal of approval as the best camping gear items for motorcyclists. If you enjoy shopping with small businesses and supporting the riding community, Moto Camp Nerd is a great choice!
Amazon: I’ve purchased many budget-friendly or last-minute camping items from Amazon over the years. Sometimes, the “Amazon finds” are better than expected and stay in your gear closet for years, but not always.
Tent Camping Gear
Tent camping is the most popular way to go motorcycle camping, as well as my preferred method when I’m on a big motorcycle trip. Since you can always pitch a tent wherever you end up for the night, it just makes motorcycle camping easier. If you’re new to camping, there are a few things you’ll need to make a tent camping experience great on a motorcycle: a tent (duh), a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, and a pillow, plus a few accessories of your liking.
Copper Spur UL 2 Bikepack Tent:
My Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Bikepack Tent has seen well over 100 nights of use in all sorts of climates since I began using it in 2020. It’s beginning to show minor wear and tear, but nothing worth making a fuss over. Especially with everything I’ve put it through.
The Copper Spur UL2 Bikepack tent is freestanding, which is a huge plus! It packs down incredibly small for a two-person tent as well, which was my main reason for investing in it: pack size! Internally, the overhead pockets are a nice touch for extra organization.
Honorary Mention: While my Copper Spur didn’t need replacing, I’ve recently upgraded to the Sea to Summit Telos TR2 Bikepack Tent to test out something new. I feel that my Copper Spur has been there for me through thick and thin and takes the cake as my all-time favorite motorcycle camping tent.
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Sea to Summit Altitude II 15ºF Sleeping Bag
I tend to camp in colder climates more often than not (below 50-40ºF at night) and love to have a cozy, warm sleeping bag. I’ve been using this Sea to Summit Altitude II 15ºF bag for about three years now and it’s still going strong. It unzips into a quilt, and the toe box opens up for extra ventilation which makes it pretty versatile for various temperatures. Stuffed with Ultra-Dry Down 750+ Loft insulation, it also packs down pretty small for how warm it is!
Big Agnes Zoom UL Sleeping Pad: Best Summer + Cool Weather Sleeping Pad
I own a handful of different Sleeping Pads from Big Agnes. The Zoom UL Insulated Pad has become my pad of choice for warmer months. With an R-value of 4.3, this pad works great (for me) until temps dip below 50-40ºF. After that, I found myself searching for more insulation from the ground to stay cozy.
The pad itself packs down incredibly small for being 4″ thick when inflated, which is also a bonus. I use the Wide-Long-sized pad (25”x78”) since I prefer extra space on my pad. I can fit on a regular-sized pad but prefer the extra space since I roll around when I sleep.
Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Extreme: Best Cold Weather Sleeping Pad
Your sleeping bag needs a good pad to help it do its job of insulating you from the ground in cold weather conditions. This Ether Light XT Extreme Sleeping Pad was a game changer to my sleep system.
Having a high R-Value pad is a necessity when you’re camping in cold temperatures, assuming you don’t want to freeze your buns off all night. Since getting this pad, I’ve slept in temperatures below freezing and have woken up snug as a bug thanks to its hefty 6.2 R-value.
I use the Large, Rectangular-sized sleeping pad, for the same reasons listed above on my Big Agnes pad. The Pillow Lock system is also a plus since I can attach my Sea to Summit pillow to my pad and keep it in place throughout the night.
Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme Sleeping Bag Liner
Sleeping bag liners can not only extend the life of your sleeping bag by keeping your bag clean, they can keep you extra warm if they’re made of the right materials. The Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Extreme Sleeping Bag Liner has saved my butt on numerous camping trips where it got much colder than it was forecasted to be.
This liner is advertised to add up to 25ºF of warmth. When I find myself camping in below-freezing temperatures, this liner has really saved the “night” by allowing me to sleep snugly. I call it my emergency blanket and always keep it on my bike. It can also be used as a light sleeping bag in the Summer months!
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
I tend to sleep on my side a lot. I own quite a few different camping pillows and let me tell y’all – I think I’ve found “the one.” I’m obsessed with my Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow.
Most camping pillows that I’ve purchased and tried are not “thick” enough, leaving my neck feeling strained and uncomfortable throughout the night. The Aeros Premium Pillow (I use a size Large) is 5.1” thick (The Regular is 4.3” thick), setting my head and neck at the perfect height to reduce strain.
Since it’s inflatable it also packs down pretty tiny. With the Pillow Lock system, the pillow sticks to my Sea to Summit Sleeping pad and doesn’t fly off my pad in the middle of the night. I have zero bad things to say about this tiny but mighty upgrade!
Get Out Gear Puffy Camp Blanket:
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If you’re on the fence about getting a camp blanket, the Get Out Gear Puffy Blanket is a great budget-friendly option. It’s super warm, good quality, and affordable. I even use it at home sometimes when I’m working in my office or lounging on the couch. For the price, you really can’t beat it.
The Best Hammock Camping Gear (that I’ve used)
I’m a BIG fan of using a hammock while camping. I typically only hammock camp when I go on a one or two-night motorcycle trip where I tend to know the weather forecast ahead of time, as well as the area I’m planning to camp in. (There’s nothing worse than having zero trees or ability to hang a hammock when you get to your destination!)
If you want to start hammock camping on motorcycle trips, you’ll need to consider a few pieces of equipment: a hammock with straps, a bug net, a rain fly, and potentially an underquilt.
ENO Junglenest Hammock:
I found myself camping in warmer, humid climates this year, which led me to need a hammock with a built-in bug net. As a big fan of the original ENO Double Nest Hammock, I decided to stick to ENO products and try out their Junglenest hammock system. I slept comfortably and bug-free every night this was used, so I’d say it was a success!
Wise Owl Hammock Underquilt:
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Since I sleep very well in a Hammock, I wanted to test out cold-weather hammock camping without breaking the bank. The Wise Owl Underquilt was very budget-friendly and has done a great job keeping me warm on the handful of nights it’s been used.
Wise Owl Standard Rain Fly:
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I chose to get the Wise Owl Standard Rain Fly because I wanted a budget-friendly hammock rain fly. I realistically do not hammock camp on cross-country road trips, so it’s highly doubtful I’ll need a rainfly on overnight camping excursions since I’ll know the weather forecast beforehand.
Motorcycle Camp Kitchen Gear & Cooking Equipment
Most people don’t know this, but I LOVE to cook! My camp kitchen gear has expanded significantly over the past couple of years. When I have the time, I enjoy cooking more than my basic ramen noodles and tuna packet meals while motorcycle camping. Here are some of the best cooking gear pieces I use for motorcycle camping.
If you’re looking for great, entry-level camp cooking equipment, the Jetboil MicroMo is a great, all-in-one stove system. It can boil water for hot drinks or to rehydrate meals. When you’re ready to expand your cooking capabilities, you can purchase the pot support accessory and utilize the MicroMo’s precision cook capabilities with various cookware items, which is what I do!
After years of use, the MicroMo is still the number one piece of camp kitchen equipment I use and recommend when asked about stove systems.
Enjoy a warm cup of coffee? I recommend getting the French Press! It’s the perfect, compact coffee-making apparatus for minimalists. Add a Sea to Summit X-Cup with the Cool Grip, and you’re ready to rock n’ roll!
If you plan to cook for more than one person, I would recommend the MiniMo as it holds slightly more volume.
Sea to Summit X-Series Kitchenware
The X-Series from Sea to Summit is a fantastic cookware option for motorcycle camping. It’s compact, durable, and lightweight. I use quite a few different pieces of X-Series gear:
- X-Pot: From soups to searing a steak for a steak salad, I’ve cooked plenty of things in my X-pot! I use the 1.7L version.
- X-Set: This combo is perfect if you’re looking for a bare-bones dinnerware combo. It comes with the X-Plate, X-Bowl, as well as an X-Mug. The bottom of the X-Plate doubles as a cutting board which is a huge plus! And, it will all collapse down and fit inside my X-Pot.
- X-Mug with Cool Grip: this collapsable mug is awesome if you enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or any other warm drink. The heated fins make it comfortable to hold hot liquids.
Sea to Summit 8” Alpha Skillet
The Sea to Summit 8” Alpha Skillet has done me well over the last few years of using it. Believe it or not, it’s still showing top-tier non-stick qualities. Unfortunately, this product hasn’t been available from Sea to Summit for nearly a year. I’m hoping a new version will be released soon.
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Sea to Summit Kitchen Tool Roll
If you love to stay organized, the Sea to Sumit Kitchen tool roll has all the right items. It contains empty leakproof bottles to store oils and condiments of your choice, as well as a folding spatula, serving spoon, pot scrubber, washcloth, and dishcloth.
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Do you love using refillable products? GoToobs are a personal favorite, and I own them in quite a few different sizes for everything from shampoo to pancake syrup.
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Whether you’re doing a simple overnight camping trip or are looking for a cooler than can be taken on a road trip without taking up space, the Igloo Packable Cooler can do the job. I’ve kept things icy cold in this bag for over 8 hours. Weather and ice content will change its dependability, but so far it’s worked for me and my needs.
Loksak Opsak Odor-Proof Bags
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If you plan to bring food along on your trips, having a storage solution that keeps odors down is a great idea. You don’t want to attract animals to your campsite. While I wouldn’t say that these are 100% odor-proof as their name suggests, they definitely knock the odors of coffee and other items down significantly. I use both the 9×10″ and 12×20″ bags. It just depends on the trip. The 9×10″ bag is perfect for some coffee and a couple of packs of oatmeal.
Motorcycle Camping Accessories
Extra extra! Here are a few more pieces of gear that I enjoy using around camp, like a camp chair, headlamp, lantern, and dry bags for gear storage!
Big Agnes Skyline UL Camp Chair
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If you’re dispersed camping or have plans to sit around a campfire, having a chair is a nice addition to your gear. I’ve been using the Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair for a few years now. Weighing just over a pound, it’s proven itself in durability and comfort for being in the “ultralight” category of camp gear.
Black Diamond Spot 400-R Headlamp
Having to remember batteries for your headlamp is a pain, which is why I upgraded from my Spot 400. The Spot 400-R is a rechargeable headlamp which means there’s one less thing I need to worry about when traveling.
LuminAID PackLite Titan Inflatable Solar Camping Lantern
Sometimes it’s nice to have a light hanging in your tent so that you can read or relax with some ambient light. Or perhaps you just want an extra light source beyond your headlamp. The LuminAID PackLite Titan Inflatable Camping Lantern packs down incredibly small for how mighty of a lantern it is. Plus, it’s solar-powered!
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly model, the PackLite Spectra may be a great model to consider.
Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bags
You’ll need a way to keep your camping gear stored and dry while on a motorcycle trip. I’ve been using Sea to Summit Big River Dry bags to store my camping gear on my bike for over 50,000 miles and love them. They’re incredibly sturdy and paired with some Rok Straps, they pack up perfectly on the back of my bike and don’t move around whatsoever. I use a 35 Liter Big River Dry Bag for my camping gear and a 20 Liter Big River Dry bag for my camp kitchen gear and accessories.