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What To Bring

  • Pack items that have more than one use. A multi-tool is handier than a basic pocket knife.
  • Pack all your cold weather and raingear no matter what time of year it is.
  • Lightweight synthetic clothing – such as T-shirts and underwear – can be washed in a hotel sink and dried overnight (cotton fabrics take too long to dry in this manner).
  • On long trips, consider bringing your rattiest underwear (or other clothing), then just throw it away when you're done with it!
  • Plastic bags make great boot liners if you forgot your gaiters. If you forgot your rain gloves, rubber dishwashing gloves make great, inexpensive substitutes.
  • A small towel can be wrapped around your neck during a rainstorm to keep water from running down your back – and doubles as a shop rag.
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How To Pack

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Getting Your Bike Ready

  • If you watch the ounces, the pounds will take care of themselves. When possible, lighter is better.
  • Check the cargo weight limits of your bike - as well as the bags and racks - and adjust tire pressure and suspension accordingly.
  • When loading your bike, keep as much weight as possible close to the bike's center of gravity. That means low and toward the tank, distributed evenly from side to side.
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Before You Leave

Packing Checklist

Clothing

  • Helmet
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Rain gloves
  • Summer gloves
  • Winter gloves
  • Overboots or rain gaiters
  • Heated gloves
  • Hand warmer packets
  • Glove liners
  • Heated vest liner
  • Skullcap
  • Microfleece neck warmer
  • Balaclava
  • Fleece head wrap
  • T-shirts
  • Socks and underwear
  • Synthetic long underwear
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Turtleneck shirts
  • Extra jeans
  • Light jacket
  • Leather/cold-weather jacket
  • Chaps
  • Leather pants
  • Riding boots
  • Leather or denim vest
  • Bandanas - two (one for face; one for neck or forehead)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles/night eye protection
  • Change of shoes
  • Sock liners
  • Cooling neck wrap
  • Windbreaker or light jacket

Bike Maintenance

  • Tool kit
  • Replacement fuses
  • 8-in-1 screwdriver
  • Spare spark plugs and plug wires
  • Genuine Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Oil
  • Paper funnel
  • Small can of multi-purpose spray lubricant
  • Motorcycle jumper cables
  • Turn-signal and brake-light bulbs
  • Tire gauge
  • Bike cover
  • Harley™ Care Starter Kit (cleaning supplies)
  • Softcloth
  • Locking pliers
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Sidecutters
  • Clutch cable or clutch saver
  • Thread locking adhesive
  • Various nuts, bolts, washers
  • Torx and allen wrenches
  • Closed/open-end wrenches(standard and metric - bring only the ones common to your bike)
  • Basic socket set with one drive (bring only the ones common to your bike)

Personal

  • Basic toiletries
  • Emergency cash
  • Change for tolls (keep in easy-to-access place)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Handkerchief
  • Tweezers
  • Small package of tissue
  • Cotton or earplugs
  • Contact lens solution
  • Moisturizing eye drops
  • Fork and spoon in plastic wrapper
  • Traveler's roll of bathroom tissue
  • Moist towelettes/baby wipes

Emergency Items

  • Personal first-aid kit
  • List of emergency contact numbers (include doctor/medical professional)
  • List of current medications
  • List of medical conditions (include allergies)
  • Small waterproof flashlight
  • Spare key
  • Basic cold and headache medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Insect bite stick
  • Utility light
  • Emergency blanket
  • Cellular phone and charger
  • Telephone calling card
  • Small candle
  • Waterproof matches and fire-starting kit
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Small amount of (baling) wire
  • Bottle of water
  • Energy food bars
  • Eyeglass repair kit

Miscellaneous

  • H.O.G.® Touring Handbook (available to H.O.G. members only)
  • H.O.G.® membership card (available to H.O.G. members only)
  • Bike registration and insurance info
  • Motorcycle owners or service manual
  • Motorcycle warranty card
  • Pen and small notebook
  • Kickstand board
  • Camera and film (or disposable camera)
  • Small sewing kit
  • Cargo net
  • Bungee cords (various lengths)
  • Swiss-style pocketknife or multi-tool
  • Tote sack
  • Two or three large trash bags
  • Small can opener
  • Bike lock
  • Extra zipper-lock bags
  • Small towel

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