It typically goes like this, a bike rider getting ready for a tour will do some searching to find out what they should pack. Then, once they have everything together they start adding stuff they consider essential. They may even be thinking “Why didn’t they list this too?” It wasn’t listed because it won’t be needed, and furthermore it will most likely hinder your trip. So let’s just cut to the chase and talk about what you won’t need for your tour:
Think about the amount of space you have with a motorcycle. Two boxes that are about the same size as the box your boots came in, and a top box that a woman’s purse barely fits inside of. Space is key here, and you need to considering that with every item you pack for your trip.
Fancy Camera Equipment
Yes you are going to see spectacular sites and views along your trip through South America, but you don’t need an expensive camera, group of lenses and a tripod to capture the moment. If you have a decent cell phone then that camera should do just fine in taking your pics for you.
Bottles of Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Lotion, Etc.
Take with you only one trial sized bottle of each. One. A really cool aspect about traveling through poor nations is that everything is sold as a single. You are actually going to find for sale packets of shampoo, and anything else along the way that won’t take up a ton of space.
Anything Other than a Basic Sleeping Bag
Don’t bring any pillows, or inflatable mattresses or that portable infrared blanket you use at home. As beneficial that infrared blanket may be, there is no use for it in the wilderness. Portable does not mean you have to take it everywhere, so in this case leave your portable sauna at home and enjoy the benefits all you want in it once your tour is finished.
There are going to be so many places to stop along the way that you are never going to even think about those cans of stew you have stowed away. With the exception of bottled water and maybe a candy bar, don’t pack your bags full of food. Coffee junkie? You are going to South America, the fresh coffee bean haven and land of the single serve if you want hot coffee at your campsite in the morning.
There are a lot of people who will say that when packing, lay out your clothes to bring and then put half back in your closet. This is wise advice when getting ready to cruise around the Andes on your motorcycle. Remember, the lighter your gear the faster your bike.