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How glamping is done *updated

July 3, 2015
Scarabeo, packed

Morgan is ready to go! (Morgan Mahana photos)

Going camping this weekend? You’re not alone. Along with Memorial Day and Labo(u)r Day, the 4th of July is one of the biggest camping weekends in the U.S.

You’ll recall my friend Morgan’s trip to the grocery store; the Scarabeo is still her only transportation. She is an outdoor enthusiast, going camping and hiking every chance she gets.

Ready to load

One of the keys to successful packing is staging the load. You can see above how there’s a place for everything; the sequence in which everything is loaded is important for ensuring stability, both for the bike and for the load itself. You wouldn’t want to have to pick all this stuff up from the edges of the road, right?

Here’s a closer look at the scooter, packed for a different trip.

Scarabeo, loaded

The secret to making it all fit, says Morgan, is to choose low-volume, waterproof and expandable gear. “Inflatable furniture is my friend,” she says. “You don’t have to sacrifice quality for riding constraints… it’s just all in how you compact and water-proof it!”

Then you strap it on like a Tetris challenge on steroids.


That doesn’t mean she does without the comforts of home. “I like to sleep on top of two sleeping bags in three layers of 1500-threadcount Italian sheets with a home-made velveteen tiger tie-quilt,” she says.


It all unpacks thusly.

What’s in the foreground is a gazebo, which along with the tarps and the central rug go in the long gazebo bag.

The green tent in the background is where Morgan sleeps; it pops up from the green disc that you see on top of the stuff on the back. Morgan puts rugs and inflatable furniture in it. Water and other beverages go in the underseat storage, which enhances stability


The star is a chandelier (click on the thumbnail to see a bigger version), which breaks down and fits into the backpack along with other lights and cookng gear. The campsite is all powered by solar, battery or via the scooter’s 12V outlet.

When Morgan is cooking, you will eat well. She packed 12 servings of chicken marinara into the blue grocery bag that’s on top of the pop-up tent, and cooked it with the setup you see below.

Chicken marinara

Bottom line, you don’t need a gigantic RV to commune with nature. If you’re headed out this weekend, here’s hoping the weather will be better than it was for these folks. Favicon

  1. July 4, 2015 2:16 am

    I think my issue with camping is that it requires so much stuff and the more you load the less you enjoy the ride. Plus getting up and on the road in the morning takes forever. Oh and the insects and the hard floor thing. Perhaps its just an age thing.

  2. Scooterwolf permalink
    July 15, 2015 9:05 am

    Depending on your scooter one also has to take into account your bike’s GVRW – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Going over that rating can place the rider and bike in danger. Also, some camp grounds on State/National parks do not allow scooters/motorcycles to enter their grounds. Finding out if your bike can enter the site, or if there are restrictions, can make the difference between an enjoyable weekend and a living nightmare.


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