Well you’re thinking about bike week and what to wear, so now it’s time to think about packing and making sure you have what you will need. NOT WHAT YOU WANT! What you NEED.
I am going off of the search terms that have brought women here to this page and the local events that are coming up, Arizona Bike Week and Laughlin Bike Week. We have talked about what to wear in other post here so now let’s make sure you are ready for a full weekend on the road.
This is how I pack, but you may need to take other things into consideration such as weather for your area and making the decision to wear or pack leather. I did have my leather jacket last year and needed it on the way home. It did get very windy and cold as we got into the Palm Springs area. Make sure if this is your first event that you know the storage situation for the bike you will be traveling on. Do you get one side of a saddle bag or are you packing in a T-Bag? Find out!
Lets assume that you are leaving on Friday morning and returning Sunday, this is my list.
2 pairs of jeans and the pair I will wear on the ride out. I wear my least favorite jeans for my travel days. My favorite pair I will wear on Saturday night for dinner out and concert events. The other pair I will wear on Saturday for our rides.
I will take 3 tank tops, 1 long sleeve and a nicer top for Saturday evening.
You get to take 1 pair of sandals. I recommend wedges for your evening. You can keep them in the saddle bag and change into them arrive to your event. If you are staying at a hotel with a pool, you may choose to take a pair of flip-flops.
4 pairs of cotton socks. You will likely want to change them when you arrive and check in to your hotel. A quick freshen up clean top and socks and your off. [ choose cotton for all of your under garments ]
Bathing Suit. Last year we did stay at a hotel with a pool but never used it. I had a suit none the less.
A hoodie. I take one, but have never worn it at either event. But you don’t want to get caught off guard in the event of wind or monsoon. Keep it on the bike.
Gloves. I have a fingerless set and I never ride without them.
Sunglasses. I take 2 pair, 1 pair I will always have on the other in case I lose a pair or a friend does, and it happens. Also you need a set of clears for at night. Keep the clears and the extra set of shades on the bike.
Bandannas. These are on me all the time. One for my head, and one to cover my face when I ride. I can not impress upon you enough the importance of covering your pretty face! Riding through the desert, it is going to be hot and dirty. PROTECT YOUR FACE! The bandanna is very breathable. Your make up and sunscreen are a dirt magnet, cover your face.
Nothing Fancy Here
Jewelry. I wear the same jewelry everyday riding or not with the exception of my watch. In the hot weather I wear a bracelet style watch that won’t feel too tight as the day heats up. Keep this in mind with rings as well, you may want to leave them home. They will get too tight when it gets hot, and you don’t want to lose them when you have to take them off.
Sunscreen: I use “Faces” By Banana Boat. Make up goes on well over it, or you can mix your foundation into a small amount of the sunscreen and then apply.
My make is: Foundation, waterproof eyeliner, mascara, blush and lip gloss. Also take a lip protection, one made with bee’s wax so it wont melt in the heat. also there are some good ones that are tinted and make sure it has an SPF.
Take a small travel size bottle of lotion. I love Malibu Hemp lotion, it smells great and no need for additional perfume.
Do take a travel size bottle of good conditioner, your hair is going to get trashed by the wind and heat, don’t skimp here. Also a travel size bottle of spray on sunscreen is a good idea as well.
Don’t forget: Toothbrush and paste, deodorant, travel size body wash and shampoo, hair ties and hairbrush. If all of these are travel items, you wont have to worry about them not being packed the night before, and risk the chance of forgetting them.
You do not need: Hair dryer, curling irons or flat irons. Your hair is going to be up and covered, braided… it’s Bike Week, not prom.
Take a small purse to keep just the basics in. Lip protection, ID, Debit Card, small amount of cash, eyeglasses, or rewetting drops if you wear contacts, phone, event passes, room key. This is what you want ON YOUR PERSON. In case you get separated from your travel partner, you have to be able to take care of yourself. If you are diabetic or have any other medical condition, make sure you have what you need with you and that those traveling with you are aware. Also make sure that medical personnel have a way to know this. A small note in your bag with your ID or Medical bracelet could save your life.
On the topic of your phone. Hopefully the bike you are traveling on has a charger for phones. If he doesn’t or does not want one or doesn’t have a place for one, while you are riding make sure your phone is OFF or on Airplane mode. You want to make sure that in an emergency you have battery life. In remote areas the phone roam’s and it sucks the battery very quickly. Don’t forget the charger.
iPod. I don’t leave home with out it. Take the charger too!
Preparing for the Ride:
Make sure that you start hydrating yourself well before you leave on your trip and that you eat a good breakfast. Multi grain toast, a hard-boiled egg and juice should hold you. For those that don’t eat a morning meal, this is a good source of protein, and not too heavy, you are going to burn extra calories in the heat. This is important, you don’t want your sugar to crash while your riding. Have a power bar or two and a few bottles of water on the bike at all times. Hot water is better than no water. Do go to bed at a decent time and don’t drink the night before. You need to be all together and well rested for the long day ahead of you.
Check with your rider to see what he carries on his bike at all times. Band aids, pain reliever, bee sting kit. You can’t take everything. But if he does not have the basics, these are a few items that you can quickly throw together in a small bag just to leave on the bike. There is nothing worse than having a headache, which is common for riding in hot conditions, or getting a bee sting and no way to treat it. It can ruin a good day.
Check the weather conditions for the areas you will be traveling into and through the night before you leave. Make wardrobe adjustments as you need to. Be packed and ready to go by the designated time you are given, don’t be the one to keep a group waiting because you did not prepare in advance.
Keep it all Together
Got your helmet? If you are driving to meet your ride somewhere it would be very easy to walk out the door with out it and that would suck… attach it to your bag. Keep handy the items you will be gearing up to ride in. iPod, bandanna, sunglasses, jacket, gloves. Be ready to ride when you arrive. You don’t want to be digging through your shit looking for your gear while others are waiting to roll. All you should have to do is put in your earbuds, face bandanna, helmet, jacket, sunglasses, gloves… IN THAT ORDER. There’s a reason… just do it. And if this confuses you go here —-> Gearing Up
Eat light when riding in hot conditions. Salads with grilled chicken, sandwiches, toast, multi grain cereals will not leave you feeling over full and uncomfortable for your ride. Take it easy on the liquor, your dude can’t ride with a drunk girl on his bike.
Relax, have a good time and if you have any questions or think I forgot something, let me know!