Offroaders Guide to Gearing up for Offroad

Offroaders Guide to Gearing up for Offroad  …  

From Basic Equipment to Well Equipped, the following links take you down to Checklists below.  Whether you are packing for a day or a week, you want to be prepared for basic survival, environmental conditions and the unexpected situations.  Reading through preparation lists is a great way to prepare, think ahead and pack smart.


Basic Tips


Pre-departure Maintenance Checklist


The Basic, Minimal Offroad Checklist

The minimal list is the basics that you should always carry in your vehicle when offroad or even on the road.  These items are good to have in the vehicle at all times.


Safety and Survival

The First Aid Kit

First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can buy them, or you can make your own kit.  Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need. Include any personal items, such as medications.  

Here are suggestions for the contents of a first aid kit:

Safety Items

Basic Personal Essentials


Survival – Seasonal Specific


  • Extra clothing
  • Warm outer layers (jacket, wind breaker)
  • Head gear (warm hat, hooded jacket)
  • Emergency blanket (compact survival type)
  • Fire starter items


  • Sun Block
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunglasses


Beyond the Basic Offroad Checklist

What goes beyond the basic checklist are items that depend on many factors.  Factors like what form of offroading you will be doing, your driving style, the terrain you will encounter, how much room you have for packing gear, how remote you will be traveling, how long you will be gone as well as many other factors you should consider.   However three primary things you should gear up for are Safety and Survival, Vehicle Recovery and Vehicle Breakage.


Vehicle Recovery

Recovery Items



Basic Tools

Basic tools are the versatile, essential tool sets that consist of a variety of sizes and combinations of commonly used tools such as socket sets, wrench sets, Allen wrenches, Torx sets and screw drivers.  Your tool sets should cover the variety of sizes found in your vehicle.  Regardless of whether your vehicle is American made or an import 4×4, when it comes to socket sets and wrenches, it’s sometimes wise to carry standard and metric socket since sometimes there are a mix of both standard and metric on custom vehicles not to mention helping a fellow 4wheeler.

Versatile Tools

Versatile tools are those that have many uses.

Specialty Tools


Additional Items

Versatile Items 


For the Vehicle


Spare Parts / Repair Items

Electronics Repair Kit


Expanded List

The Expanded list includes items for the extreme wheeler with tools and gadgets that you may want to consider if you are serious about offroading.

Camping List for Extended Stay or Remote Excursions