I never knew how much went into prepping for a scooter rally. I don’t mean as an organizer but just as someone looking to have some fun on their scooter. I’ve been researching and planning for a smooth and memorable experience. The limited storage space on a scooter and the unpredictability of long rides call for a well-thought-out and comprehensive scooter rally packing list. Planning ahead is key!
After all, you have to consider everything from weather changes to unexpected repairs that may happen during the trip. To handle it all, you’ll need comfortable clothing, repair tools, and rain protection. Oh. And then you’ll need to be able to access it or at least find it even if you’re not making the trip on your scooter.
Before setting off on my scooter rally adventure, I’m breaking down my packing list. My goal is organized without overpacking so you’ll be well-equipped to fully enjoy the rally experience and create amazing memories along the way. (I want photos or it didn’t happen, though! Tag me on Instagram @Scooter_Newbie)
Whether you’re looking to go to a moped-specific rally, Vespa rally, scooter rally, or whatever you want to call them – Make sure to pack the essential gear! Like your cell phone. We don’t leave our phones behind!
Safety is a top priority, and my helmet is the first thing I make sure I have. This AGV helmet gives you great protection while also lightweight. You’ll appreciate the ventilation panels to keep you cooler. The liners absorb sweat that might happen and are fully removable with a washable lining, so you’re not riding in last rally’s sweat! Oh. And it’s fairly sleek looking…
A solid jacket will protect you from seemingly invisible debris that will hit you & add a layer of protection if you find yourself in the worst case scenario. This mesh one is my go-to. The mesh outer layer allows airflow that is also abrasion protection, and I zip in a liner for warmth. Add a base layer if you need even more, and this jacket gets me through most temps.
Even if you tend to avoid gear, you should reconsider when it comes to gloves. Protect those hands from debris since they’re controlling where you’re headed. Just pick one that have the fingertips that will work with your devices like your phone or GPS. Even better if you have knuckle and palm protection that also has some venting. Like these.
You can buy a kit, but you’ll need to make sure the kit has what you need. Many scooters are metric, so I prefer a tool roll. The Amazon link below is my tool roll I keep on my smaller scooters, and the Revzilla option is what my mechanic husband has in his big scooter. In my small tool roll, I keep the standard items I need when I’m working on my scooter, so it’s essentially custom.
5. Tire Repair Kit
I’m rooting for no flat tires, but you don’t want to have one & not be semi-prepared. No scooter rally packing list would be complete without a tire repair kit. If you put together your own kit like the one just above, it has space for CO2 cartridges & more. If you include tire repair items in that roll, you’re set. If not, you’ll want to have something compact to carry in your underseat storage box at all times. The Amazon link is the one I added to my roll setup. The Revzilla is the full set show in the photo.
6. Cooling Towel
Riding for hours on end with your helmet on. The sun is high in the sky on an almost cloudless sky. You’ll get hot. A cooling towel can help. Get it wet, wring it, and you’re looking at 20-30 degrees cooler. It’s great when you stop to enjoy the scenery to cool down & recharge for the rest of the ride. This one can be packed to tiny to keep in a pocket, attached to gear or your under seat storage box.
7. First Aid Kit
There’s an old saying – it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Even a minor scrape can be super annoying if you’re miles away from your next stop or town. Look for one that includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and pain relievers. A quick & easy add for your scooter rally packing list.
Ever tried to fix a loose screw or find something in your under seat trunk even if it’s just dusk? Not even dark. It’s not fun. A flashlight is a godsend when you’re out on the road and the sun’s set. Choose a compact, LED one that’s super bright and lasts a long time. This rechargeable is the one I carry everywhere. Just make sure you charge it before the trip, and I’ve never needed to recharge on a trip yet.
9. Compression Bag
Ever play the game of “What to Leave Behind?” Compression bags are rally ride lifesavers. Stuff your clothes in, squeeze the air out, and bam 💥! More room than before. Plus, if you have two, you can easily separate clean and dirty clothes as you go. Oh, and the best part? They’re waterproof. This bag here – it’s compact, tough.
10. Rain Gear
So, you’ve checked the forecast and it’s all sun. Great, right? Well, Mother Nature has a funny way of flipping the script. Rain gear can be your unsung hero on the road, turning “Oh no, it’s pouring!” into “Rain? No problem.” Look for gear that’s easy to pull over any protective gear and packs down small. Bonus points if it’s bright and reflective for safety. This one right here is what I’m packing for my upcoming scooter rally.
11. Portable Battery Charger
Let’s face it – being out there on the road with a dead phone battery is the last thing you need. Navigation, tunes, emergency calls. A portable battery charger is a tiny powerhouse is like an energy lifeline for your devices. I carry this Anker because it’s durable, quick to charge, & can handle more than one device at a time 📱🔦. I’ve used this one for a 5 day trip for flashlights, lantern & my phone successfully.
This GPS is sharp, simple & reliable. Lost signal? No problem. Its offline technology means you’re never really off the map. Plan your route on your phone, choose to avoid highways, tolls, or ferries, and just hit the road. It’s designed FOR motorcycles & therefore scooters. And let me tell you, the navigation is as simple as it gets – no fuss, no confusion. This might feel like an optional item on your scooter rally packing list, but you won’t feel that way if you find yourself without cell service & lost!
You’ll need to make sure your scooter is still there when you get back from enjoying festivities or even just sleeping. Particularly when en route to & from the rally. This lock is sturdy with 7mm four-sided chain links made from super tough manganese steel. The deadbolt design secures like a champ, and it’s resistant to both picks and drills. Plus, it comes with a sleeve to avoid scratches. Small enough to pack, tough enough to deter, without spending a big chunk of your scooter’s value.
Additional Items You’ll Be Glad to Have
Many of these items you are likely to have around the house, but even if you don’t already have them available, they’re likely to round out your scooter rally packing list to be complete depending on where & when you’re going.
- Emergency Info
- Ear plugs
- Zip ties
- Shower Wipes
- Hydration pack
- Lip balm
- Hair ties/Brush/Doo rag
- Travel toiletries
- Insect repellent
- Base layer top|bottoms
- Trash bags
- Cargo net|Straps
- Action camera
- Portable games
- Spare key
Scooter Rally Packing List Essentials for Camping
Looking for a tent ⛺ that’s light as a feather and packs down to nothing? You’ve found it. This tent is super small when packed, but pops up to sleep three (more like a tight 2). Set-up and take-down is a breeze, saving you more time for riding. And the ventilation? Top-notch with large mesh windows and ceiling openings when the cover is off. This is the budget-friendly, compact shelter you want on your rally adventure.
15. Sleeping Bag
My friends, nothing wraps up a day quite like snuggling into a cozy, soft sleeping bag if you won’t be in your own bed. This beauty’s got it all – it’s weatherproof, and yet breathable. And at 83″L x 30″W, it’s got plenty of room for most folks. It’s light & shrinks down to just 11″. After a day of riding, this is the comfy cocoon, and it’s easy to shove into the case. This sleeping bag is essential for your scooter rally packing list.
16. Inflatable Camping Pillow
Ah, the underrated hero of camping gear: the pillow. Stiff necks make for a harder ride for sure. This inflatable camping pillow will be the next best thing to your pillows at home at a fraction of the size obviously. Super light, inflates in a jiffy, and provides amazing neck support while rolling up easily to cram in the nooks of your luggage.
17. Inflatable Sleeping Mat
Lightweight? ✅ Inflatable? ✅ Compact? ✅
It’s like bringing a bit of your comfy bed along for the ride. Get cozy, recount the day’s ride, and sleep well. This ultralight sleeping pad is a game-changer, weighing in at just 14oz & really does roll up easily to the size of a standard water bottle. Plus it protects you from waking up to a wet ground situation – this pad offers excellent protection and insulation.
This scooter rally packing list should have you happy before, during & after the rally. I wear my riding gear, and the remaining fits in the under seat storage, a duffle bag with the 2 compression bags & a backpack.
If you need to build out your map & get ready for the rally in your near future, you’ll want to read this scooter rally planning guide.