Motorcycle Touring Checklist

What you need to know before you start touring with your motorcycle.


I just got my new motorbike. It is a Yamaha Tracer 9 GT. I am planning to do some touring with it. I have been doing a couple of things with my old bike, a Yamaha XSR900, but I am unsure if I have everything I need. So I decided to make a checklist. I will update it as I go.

All adventures are unique to different parts of the world, climates and conditions, so adapt the list according to your personal needs. Consider this a baseline.

Happy riding, and stay safe!



Bike safety check (from mechanic)Headtorch
Consider new tyresHi-viz jacket (legal requirement)
Spare keys (bike & luggage)Disc lock
Heated grips/gloves (fitted & working)Cargo net
12V USB / Power BankGaffer tape
Warning triangle (legal requirement)Zip ties
Country sticker (GB, D, FR, E, etc.)Bungee or ratchet straps
Tools & multi-toolKickstand plate
Puncture repair kitZiplock bags (documents & cash)
Spare bulbs (legal requirement)Chain lube

Clothes & Toiletries

Travel shampooSocks
Travel shower gelUnderwear
Oral careT-shirts
DeodorantZip-off pants
Lip balmTrainers (comfortable evening shoes)
Sun cream/sunblockMid-layer

Riding Gear & Documents

Cash & credit cardHelmet
Passport & driving licenceWinter & summer gloves
Motorcycle insurance certificateTextile jacket
MOT certificate (if required)Textile pants
Green cardWaterproof boots
Breakdown cover2-piece waterproof suit
Inform motorcycle insuranceBase layers (pants and top)
Inform breakdown companyMid-layer (fleece)
Inform bankRiding socks
Ensure phone works abroadHeated jacket

Tech & Navigation

Phone chargerSat nav
Camera gearPaper maps
Action camera gearSmartphone apps
Plug adaptorBacked-up routes (hard drive)
Tablet or laptop if neededAny location guides/notes
External hard driveOffline maps on smartphone


Toilet paper (just in case!)Accident plan
Petrol station glovesBreathalysers (legal requirement)
First aid kitHydration pack if required
Drybag(s)Carrier bags (multiuse)
Spare glasses/shadesEarplugs
Washing powder/liquidFace mask (COVID requirements)
Prescribed medsLong-lasting snacks