A motorcycle emergency kit can be a beneficial aid if you’re in a vehicle accident, get lost or stranded, or experience a breakdown. Particularly for the motorcyclist who is going for a long ride or road trip, here are some must-have motorcycle emergency kit items:
Water Bottle or Hydration Pack
You should never head out for a ride without a water bottle or hydration pack on you. Extra water can mean the difference between heat stroke on a hot day, and can help you keep your brain sharp if you get in a tricky situation. If you’re riding with a passenger, make sure you pack enough water for them, too.
Tool & Tire Repair Kit
Two of the essential items when you leave the house on your motorcycle are a tire repair kit and a basic tool kit. Whether you need to patch a flat or replace a fuse, you should always have this essential equipment with you. If you’re not sure how to fix small problems, consider taking a course - doing so can come in handy when you’re on the road!
First Aid Kit
Even a basic first aid kit can be a life saver if an injury occurs. At a minimum you should have the following in your kit:
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Medical tape
If you’re on any prescription medications, include extras of these as well. A first aid manual that can guide you through treatment of basic injuries and emergency medical situations is useful if you don't have a smartphone.
Cell Phone and Extra Charger
If you’re heading out for a ride that’s longer than just your basic commute, make sure you pack a cell phone and an extra battery or/and charger within your motorcycle emergency kit.
This way, if you’re in a motorcycle accident, or you experience another emergency, you can quickly call for help. If your trip is considerably long, consider a solar-powered charger – this will allow you to charge your phone even when you’re away from an electrical outlet.
Stay Safe with the Right Gear, Too
A motorcycle emergency kit can help to keep you taken care of—and get you back on the road—if an unexpected event happens. But vehicle safety also requires wearing the right gear, using a helmet and riding safely.
Quick Check List
- first aid items, including aspirin, bandages, burn cream, gauze, and peroxide;
- bug repellent;
- a flashlight;
- a blanket;
- basic repair tools, including spare oil, a tire kit, fuses, a wrench, duct tape, and pliers;
- other handy tools, such as scissors, a pocket knife, matches, and batteries;
- weather protection items, including a rain suit and gloves;
- non-perishable food items, such as trail mix, granola bars, and crackers;
- water bottles;
- a cell phone; and
- a GPS and map.
If Something Happens, We're Here to Help
And if you have a question about liability and damages after a breakdown or accident does occur—especially one that causes you injuries—call an attorney. Contact the attorneys at Walker, Billingsley & Bair for a free consultation online or at (888) 435-9886.