Essential First-Aid for Off-Road Motorcycling

Preparation First

When venturing into the wild on your motorcycle, being prepared is crucial. As a beginner or expert rider, you will at some point learn the importance of a well stocked first aid kit. So here’s some hard learned advice and suggestion of what you need to pack to ensure safety on your off road adventures. 
You should use this list as a starting point and modify or add as needed:
  1. First Aid Kit: Ensure it includes items like bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, tweezers, scissors, and a CPR mask.

  2. Pain Relievers: Such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

  3. Antihistamines: For allergic reactions.

  4. Antidiarrheal Medications: To manage symptoms of diarrhea which can lead to dehydration.

  5. Rehydration Salts: To prevent dehydration, especially important if you’re in a hot climate or if you become ill.

  6. Sunscreen and Lip Balm: With a high SPF to protect against sunburn.

  7. Insect Repellent: To protect against bites and stings.

  8. Snake Bite Kit: Particularly if you’re traveling in areas where venomous snakes are common.

  9. Thermal Blanket: To retain body heat in case of emergency overnight stays.

  10. Flashlight or Headlamp: With extra batteries.

  11. Multi-tool or Pocket Knife: Useful for a variety of situations.

  12. Water Purification Tablets or a Small Water Filter: In case you run out of water and need to source from a natural supply.

  13. Whistle and Mirror: For signaling in case of emergency.

  14. Personal Medications: If you have any specific medical needs.

  15. Mobile Phone or Satellite Phone: For emergency communication. Ensure it’s fully charged and consider carrying a portable charger.

  16. Maps and Compass/GPS Device: In case you get lost or need to navigate without cell service.

  17. Fire Starter Kit: Including waterproof matches or a lighter.

Knowing How To Use It

Remember, it’s not just about having these items, but also knowing how to use them effectively. Consider taking a first aid course and familiarizing yourself with basic survival skills before you venture out too far. 
If you’re local in Central Oregon we’d recommend checking out Adventure Medics at They also offer courses in Washington and Arizona as well. If you don’t see a course near you, maybe reach out to them and ask if they have any recommendations for first aid wilderness training closer to your area.


And lastly, always inform someone about your travel route and expected return time. Please stay safe and ride on!

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