What To Pack For Dirt Bike Trail Riding

When you go trail riding it is important to pack efficiently. There are a variety of items that you should have on hand to keep yourself comfortable, even if you run into trouble or are out for longer than you plan.

Basic Necessities

Basic necessities are the first category we’ll discuss. These are the most important items that you can bring, and will keep you comfortable and safe for the duration of your journey.

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  • Water- The easiest way to carry water is in a bladder, and you will want at least 2 liters, or more if you will be out all day.
  • Food- You will want to pack high calorie snacks like granola bars and trail mix to keep your energy up. Some people also pack 5-hour energy shots, or other sources of caffeine.
  • Napkins or Toilet Paper- You don’t want to be caught on a long ride without toilet paper.
  • First Aid- In case of an injury, you should have a first aid kit containing the very basics: band-aids, an air splint, antiseptic wipes, and gauze rolls.

Navigation and Safety

Navigation and safety items are also important. They are useful items that can help you in case of emergency, or if you get lost.

  • Cell phone- If you are not too far out, a cell phone will allow you to call for help if an emergency arises.
  • Maps of the Area- It is important to carry a map of the area you are exploring so that you do not get lost, and so you can confidently make your way back to where you started out.
  • Flashlight- A flashlight can help you in a variety of ways. If you are riding past dark, it will help you explore by foot safely, and you often need extra light when mechanical issues arise.
  • Knife- Some people carry a small pocket knife, others a heftier knife, and others carry multi-purpose knives. A knife can be used as a tool, to cut zip ties or tape, or as a defense item.

Repair Tools and Equipment

You will also want to make sure that you are equipped in case you have an issue with your dirt bike. Some people carry as little as a leatherman, and others pack up to 100lbs of gear. Here are a few basic items that may help you on the trails:

  • Tire Kit and Spare Tube- Having a small tire repair kit and a spare tube will allow you to repair any tire damage and not worry about being stranded with a flat.
  • Basic Tools- The best way to determine the tools you will need when you are out riding is to take note what tools you most often use during basic maintenance and repair. Buy a second set of wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, and other tools you commonly find yourself using.
  • Zip Ties- Zip ties can also be used as a tool in basic repair, and can be used for any other variety of things.

Whether you carry a 10-lb pack or 100 lbs when you go trail riding, be sure to pack the necessities that keep you safe and healthy, and the tools to keep your bike running in case of a breakdown or a flat.

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