What to bring when doing a motorcycle rental?

Renting a bike and riding on your own (versus joining a guided motorcycle tour) will demand higher amount of preparation and larger amount of things to carry. Nevertheless, if packed with care, there’s more then enough space on a bike, even when riding two up.

Earlier we wrote about things you’ll need to bring for a guided tour and published a list for it. If doing a guided tour with MotoTrip, be sure to view it HERE. Therefore, this post is like an add-on to the previous list and we’ll simply state what’s additionally needed for motorcycle rental in BOLD. Since you’ll be on your own when it comes down to luggage (meaning there’s no support vehicle), have in mind that you’ll most likely buy some souvenirs and will need extra space throughout your journey- so don’t start riding fully packed- leave some blanks at least for a magnet or two! BMW Motorrad has a great system called ‘Vario cases’ which means you can ‘expand’ your cases and gain extra space whenever you’ll need it on the trip. Excellent for just mentioned reasons!

So, what to bring for a motorcycle rental?


1. The ‘Musthaves’ are always the same

 Passport, (international) driving licence, ID card etc. are the things you’ll need whether riding in a group or solo. Same goes for riding equipment and clothes in general. Do a search on laundry services to be sure how often you can find them, or simply take some detergents for hand washing. But hey, let’s start again from the beginning:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • International driving licence (for all riders living outside European Union)
  • ID card
  • Credit card(s)
  • Proof of insurance
  • Personal proscribed medicine
  • Eyeglasses/contact lenses


2. Clothing

  • T-shirts (short sleeve and long sleeve)
  • Pullover/sweatshirt for evening walks
  • Fleece/jumper in case of chilly mornings
  • Jeans
  • Blouses for evenings/rest days
  • Shorts
  • Underwear (boxer shorts, bras, panties..)
  • Socks
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swim suite and a beach towel
  • Sun hat/cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Belt


2.1 Riding gear 

  • Helmet (required by law)
  • Riding jacket with protectors
  • Gloves (mesh or warm- both if possible)
  • Riding pants with protectors
  • Boots/riding shoes
  • Rain gear (1 or 2 piece suit, overboots, overgloves)


  • Balaclava
  • Kidney belt/back protector/neck brace


3. Electrical devices

  • Mobile phone + charger (can also leave it at home as you’re on vacation)
  • Camera + batteries + charger + memory cards
  • Power adaptor and a converter to EU socket


  • Action camera (GoPro) + batteries + charger + memory cards
  • Laptop + charger
  • Tablet + charger
  • Headphones
  • Communication systems + charger
  • SLR camera- choose the lenses carefully (that choice really requires a separate post!). Basically, 2-3 lenses tops, batteries, memory cards, chargers, cleaning cloth, sensor cleaner, set of filters etc… Feel free to contact us for that matter.
  • GPS device with preloaded maps of the area + charger + motorcycle mount


4. General stuff

  • Pen & paper/ diary
  • Plastic ziploc bags
  • Moneybelt if carrying cash
  • Leave ‘out of the office’ messages on emails
  • Earplugs (if using them)
  • Cargo net
  • Insect repellent
  • Detailed maps of the area
  • Guidebooks of the area
  • Printed out information you prepared for the trip
  • Printed out route for the trip
  • List of dealers/workshops for the area and their addresses
  • Helmet locks, cable locks
  • First aid kit
  • Flat rubber stopper/spray/CO2 cartridges
  • Tools (ask the rental station what are the most common screws)
  • Leatherman toolkit
  • Power-let (standard car adaptor)
  • Flashlight
  • Standard car chargers for phone and other electronics
  • Emergency contact information
  • Duct tape
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Superglue
  • Small tripod for taking pictures of yourself


5. Toiletries

  • Manikir set
  • Small bottles of shampoo – shower gel – conditioner
  • Small tube of tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Dental floss
  • Comb/hairbrush
  • Shaving kit
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sunscreen
  • Plastic bags for dirty laundry
  • Medical information


6. If camping

That’s kinda tricky, but very cool when you finally get it. If riding two up, you’ll most certainly need additional waterproof bag (duffel bag) that you can mount on the top case using a cargo net. Choose a bag that is big enough, over 40 litres for sure. Definitely go with a waterproof option. Inside, you’ll pack most of wide stuff like collapsible chairs, ground cloth, tent etc.

  • Tent packed up with poles pegs
  • Sleeping bags
  • Air mattress
  • Collapsible chairs
  • Cords/rope
  • Ground cloth
  • Lantern
  • Matches/lighter
  • Camp stove with gas
  • Cups
  • Cooking pots (aluminium or titanium)
  • Knife-fork-spoons
  • Pepper/sugar/salt/oil
  • Camping food
  • Trash bags
  • Water bottle
  • Dish soap/detergent
  • Headlamp
  • Antibacterial wipes/liquids
  • Regular soap
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper


That’s it guys and girls. If having doubts about joining a guided motorcycle tour or simply renting a bike and riding on your own, you can check our post about the differences HERE. Finally, if you decide to rent a motorcycle in Croatia, we in MotoTrip will be more than happy to reserve one for you and help with your planning. We even offer ‘Custom Adventure’ planning so we can work on your route together, till the final details. Have a great ride and see you on the road!

2 Responses to What to bring when doing a motorcycle rental?

  1. Angela K says:

    That is actually a lot of stuff you would need to have packed when renting a motorcycle. Are you not able to rent helmets and gloves as well? Do you have to buy those yourself?

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