If you answered yes to all of these questions, overlanding is calling your name. Imagine yourself, your family and your dog(s), in the comfort of your expedition vehicle cruising around in the backcountry for more than just a few hours at a time. When it starts getting late, find a nice level spot to set up camp. Crack open that rooftop tent, set up the awning and get the grill going. It’s kumbaya time.
For folks like us, “enthusiasts”, spending time with our capable 4×4 is one of the ultimate creature comforts.
You’re probably sitting there thinking to yourself… “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”
Well before we get that far, let’s talk about some of the basics you’ll need to start on your first overlanding adventure.
1. A 4×4 vehicle. Can’t overland without a vehicle. Make sure your rig is well suited for the terrain you plan on roaming and that all your basic maintenance is taken care of. If you can run a powered fridge, more power to you.
2. A place to sleep. This can be anything from a pop-up roof tent, a normal tent, or even in the back of the vehicle if you have enough space.
3. Entertainment. This one really depends on you and your trip. Books, tablet, guitar, family, or anything else that you may consider entertainment. If you’re going to be out there for an entire week, consider stocking up on something to do in the downtime.
4. Spare parts. Can’t stress this one enough. If something breaks out there, it’s on you to fix it. We’re going to include the jack and tools in this section as well.
5. Cannisters. Chances are you’re going to need to refuel, hydrate, and shower.
6. Recovery gear. If you’re going solo, it’s wise to have a winch, a tree saver, as well as some auxiliary lights for night time blunders.
7. Food. Unless you’re going to the extreme side of the spectrum and want to survive off the land, which is hard and certainly not for everyone. Plan out your meals and be prepared to cook! Along with food comes food storage. Make sure you have enough nonperishables just in case your cooler or fridge suffers a catastrophic failure.
Keep in mind, it’s YOUR adventure. Are all of these things “necessary”? Not really, but if you want to be well-prepared, they are definitely recommended.
If you’re serious about overlanding, you probably have a lot of questions right now regarding specs, best products to buy, which spare parts to bring for your specific vehicle, or maybe even about your vehicle. At Fat Bob’s Garage, we are a family of off-roaders. Give us a call and we can talk about your goals and needs for your build. Now, let’s wrap this up and hit the trails. Happy wheeling!