The modern man has pretty much everything he needs. You don’t have to hunt and gather anymore. You can call Grub Hub to deliver dinner, and many men support their families in front of a computer screen without having to leave home.
Still, to get back in touch with the primeval version of yourself, you should get out in nature from time to time. That’s especially true right now when the pandemic has forced many men into virtual hibernation over the past year.
If you own a motorcycle, the spring season is the ideal time to get out there on the road and feel the wind on your face. You might decide to take a motorcycle camping trip, where you ride somewhere picturesque and spend some time in the great outdoors.
If you decide to do that this spring, here are a few things you’ll need to take along.
If you want to talk about motorcycle camping gear, sleeping bags are the first thing you’ll need to discuss. The sleeping bag is cumbersome, but you’ll have to bring it along, since, without it, you’ll be sleeping on the ground with a rock for a pillow.
There are several excellent sleeping bag models on the market. You can order one online or head to a brick-and-mortar location to pick one out.
Make sure to get one that protects you from the elements based on where you’re going. You can get away with a lighter-weight one if you’re going to camp somewhere with a mild climate. If you’re going to be up in the Rockies, you need one that’s going to insulate you properly.
You’ll need a tent as well, and you might find that there are almost too many options. There are dozens of tent varieties on the market.
Consider how many individuals are going to be with you. If you’re going camping with a partner or spouse, you’ll need a two-person tent. If you’re flying solo, you can get a smaller one that won’t take up much room as you’re packing.
You should look for one that comes from a reputable brand. Check their website and look at online reviews from prior customers.
You should try setting it up a couple of times in your living room before you hit the road. You don’t want to find out there’s some vital part missing when you’re out in the wild, and the sun is setting.
You will want to bring along a powerful flashlight. Get a battery-powered one and put fresh batteries in it before you go. You might want to bring some spare batteries as backups.
You can carry it with you as you move around your campsite at night. If you need to go behind a tree to use the facilities, the flashlight’s beam can keep you from stumbling on rocks and fallen branches.
You’ll be hungry out in the wild, and you’ll want to bring some appropriate supplies. You can pack food that you can cook on a portable gas burner if you’re bringing one of those along as well.
If you’re not bringing a cooking source along, that will limit what you can bring. You’ll have to pack things like pudding cups, beef jerky, and trail mix.
Portable Gas Burner
This brings us to the portable gas burner, the next thing you should at least consider packing. If you bring one, then that opens up the food options quite a bit. You can bring along various canned foods and heat them over the burner.
The prospect of a hot meal after hiking around all day probably sounds good to you. It’s very satisfying sitting in the dark and smelling your food cooking, but be careful. You never know if the tasty smells are going to attract some curious animal friends.
Folding Chair or Stool
You also might consider bringing along some type of folding stool or chair. There are different varieties, so you should have no trouble finding a suitable one.
You don’t necessarily need one, but if you don’t bring along either of these two options, then you might not have anywhere to take a load off after walking around all day. A folding chair is going to feel a lot nicer than a rock or the hard ground.
The motorcycle camping trip is one of the most enjoyable things that you can do to get in touch with yourself, so have fun and be safe out there.