Actually packing motorcycle gear can be quite the challenge. Between the helmet, boots, jacket, gloves, and pants, there’s little room left for anything else. Gear is bulky and doesn’t exactly roll neatly into easy-to-pack little bundles. How I usually deal with that is quite simple: I wear some of my gear on the plane.

People normally wear shoes and jackets on the plane, right? (I say normally because I’ve seen some people travel in flip flops and tanks tops and I don’t understand how they don’t freeze their butts off.) To minimize the space gear takes in my luggage, I wear my jacket and my boots on the plane. Are your riding pants cozy? Put them on!