You don’t need to bring everything with you on the trip, pack essential things in a small bag (medium size, max 10kg) and put it on the back of the bike. You can leave your big bag(s) with us at the company office in Hanoi or pay a shipping fee to send them the final destination if you do Ho Chi Minh trail trip(s). We used to provide saddle bags and found out that they blocked the traffic when we passed through many towns on the road and haven’t used them since mid-2007.
Here are items we suggest for motorcycle touring.
- Clothing: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, T-shirts, socks & underwear, long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandannas, sunglasses, goggles, and contact lens solution.
- Personal items: basic toiletries, emergency cash, sunscreen and earplugs.
- Emergency items: a first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.
- Miscellaneous: a small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and cargo net etc. and probably some gifts for children.
Some hotels on the road do provide express overnight laundry services so you won’t need too many sets of clothes, especially in summer.
You are welcome to suggest other items you think we might need to advise for a motorcycling adventure.