Read on for a simple motorcycle or road trip planner list in no particular order.
Bathrooms: Everywhere! In great working order at almost all of the gas stations (though not always with tissue–bring your own or buy it at a convenience store). Helpful to have some soap or hand sanitizer in your backpack.
Meals: Everywhere! Super easy. In the gas stations you can find an assortment of pre-made easy meals, or you can try fresh meals at the restaurant areas next to the convenience stores. I was hooked on guava and mango slices with spicy sauce. Never tried the lava cake, but I am excited to know that it exists.
Clothes: I wore a leather jacket, hiking shoes and jeans on the highway. I was really glad to have the jacket and jeans because it was cold on parts of the ride–especially if it was raining. The jacket also keeps the sun off. Do not pack a lot! It won’t fit on the bike. I had a dress, sandals, a couple of tank tops and tee-shirts, a bathing suit, hiking pants for the jungle.
Smartphone: Use to book hotels as you go! Search for day-of prices to find hotel deals. You will likely find last minute hotel deals. We got 70% off Christmas evening and Christmas on Agoda (one of the best apps for bookings) at a five star resort 2 hours before checking in while we enjoyed free wifi and a fabulous meal in the tourist center of Hua Hin. Even without a phone, there is always a hostel, hotel or room to rent when you get to town.
Drivers license: Get an international driving licence before you leave your home country. Remember, they will take your passport for motorcycle insurance. Bring another form of ID if you are traveling alone to present to hotels and hostels as they all expect a passport. If you show them your motorcycle rental papers and another form of ID, you’ll have no problem staying for the night.
Money: If you are going to a small town, bring the travel money you think you will need. They may not have an ATM. Otherwise, get money from ATMs as you need it. If you are bringing currency, bring larger denominations. You get a better exchange rate for a hundred-dollar bill or 50 pound note than you will for a twenty.
Not packing-related, but good stuff!
People will stare at you.
Fabulous interactions: People will stare at you.
- There really aren’t that many tourists with motorcycles.
- You look different.
- I have yet to see anyone else reading a book on the back of a bike so I imagine that looked pretty strange to them.
Smile and wave to everybody. I had whole truckloads or busloads of workers, children, etc. smiling and waving back to me and yelling hello or Welcome Thailand!
Read books on the back of the motorcycle: I went through 3!
Check out my article on buying books when you get to Bangkok to find out which ones!