Hey, Ladies! Packing for an 8-Day Motorcycle Trip

Rain gear chic!
           Rain gear chic!

Hi!  This is a guest post by Jo, Schoo’s wife.  I thought it would be helpful to female travelers to get my perspective at times. For example, when we went to Sturgis in 2011, I thought I over packed.  So I have tried to be more careful in choosing the clothes I’m taking.  Tomorrow I will wear jeans, a tank top with a t-shirt over it, socks, and boots.  I’ll be wearing my Scorpion jacket with body armor as well as leather gloves and a Nolan helmet.  Schoo and I have a Scala blue tooth communication system.

I am packing an additional two pairs of jeans.  I can wear jeans for two days if needed but I noticed that they got covered in bugs last trip.  I will take advantage of any opportunity to wash clothes, but I don’t think jeans dry well overnight so I won’t be washing them in the sink.  With three pairs of jeans I could make the entire 8 day trip if I had to with no clothes washing.

I’m also taking shorts for walking, running or working out.  These can do double duty because they will be easy to wash in the sink and dry.  I have a workout top that is the same.  I also have brought a bathing suit, a pair of flip flops, and a pair of running shoes.  Also a pair of flat shoes that slip on.

For dinner times, I have two pairs of shorts–a longish denim pair and also a pair of bright blue cotton cargo shorts.  To round off the inventory, for both riding all day and going out to dinner at night,  I have a cotton sweater, a turtleneck, a long sleeved t-shirt, two tank tops, a long sleeve medium weight button down, and a short sleeved tee shirt.  Make your bets now about whether I will say I over packed or not!

Note:  This is a post I wrote last year for my husband’s blog, Schoo by Land, Air and Sea, and I WAS overpacked.  I could have left one of the extra pairs of jeans, all the workout gear and shoes at home and made do with one pair of shorts.  We were able to do laundry in Bar Harbor, so I could have taken about half the clothes I did!  🙂
On the day it rained buckets during our entire ride, the Hein Gericke waterproof suit earned its place in my pack.  It was large enough to fit over my riding jacket and jeans.  I did not get wet at all, except for my boots.  I was wearing a pair of Skechers leather boots which were not intended to be waterproof.  Next time I might try to find boots that are waterproof too, or maybe opt for some of the boot covers.  Back to the suit–it’s an older model, lightweight and feels rubbery.  I’ll update once I get the exact model number, but it’s highly recommended.
Happy trails to you, and let me know if you have any good travel packing tips to pass on to our readers.

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