Doodle on a Motorcycle just made a great “What does a girl carry in her Riding Backpack?” video and I felt inspired to share my “Everyday Carry” on my bikes with you all!
Since I’m more apt to be off in the woods somewhere, or someplace without a signal, I tend to pack a little bit more than Doodle does.
Always in my Tank Bag:
I'm normally riding in the woods somewhere so since I broke my wrist, I always carry my Garmin InReach SE (Satellite Messenger)
Sony A7rii and 6 extra batteries
Extra SD cards
Rode Video Micro External Microphone
Lots of Snacks
An Actual Compass - I don't trust my phone/gps/inreach w/e to have power in that one moment where I need to know where I'm going *cough* it has happened before
Flashlight AND a Headlamp
Diva Cup - just in case
At least $1 in Quarters - In case I need to cross a toll bridge
A Couple Hand warmer Packets
Tire Pressure Gauge - Easily Accessible in my Tank Bag (ie separate from the tool roll)
Stash Moroccan Mint Tea - not everywhere I stop has good tea ya know
Always in my Saddlebags:
1 liter of extra fuel in an MSR bottle
Tool Roll ( ie, wrenches, alan keys, wire cutters, Drive Ratchet, sockets, electrical tape, gorilla tape, zipties, Flathead and Phillips screwdriver with different sized heads, Spark plug Sockets, Feeler gauge, Adjustable Wrench, Locking Pliers, and Needle Nose Pliers)
An Extra Warm Layer like a fleece or a Puffy Jacket
An Extra Water Bottle with Nuun Tablets (Electrolytes)
These things ALWAYS go with me, even if I’m just going to go 50-100 miles and back home. There’s of course things I add and subtract for longer trips, or more strenuous ones. For example I’d take a big fat Adjustable Wrench that will fit my axle nuts on a 2-3 day trip so I can adjust my chain if I need to, among other camping equipment, possibly chain lube if I’m going to be gone for more than 5 days etc.