Off-roading is a fundamental part of life in a Jeep. Off-roading is the purest thrill of Jeep ownership, but it’s not something you can go into unprepared. To ensure every off-roading adventure is as successful and exciting as possible, it’s important to bring along a few essential items.
First Aid Kit
If you find yourself in trouble, basic tools may be enough to get you out. Make sure to equip yourself with a tool kit, a flashlight, safety glasses & gloves, and all the other essentials. Leave some space for duct tape and jumper cables, too.
You’ll want a comprehensive selection of wrenches, drivers, pliers, and all that good stuff. Even if you don’t intend to work on your car during a trip, the vibrations and bumps can rattle stuff lose easily. Having a toolkit along will empower you to deal with problems as they arise.
Jeep tires are built to take some bumps and bruises, but even that sturdy construction can meet its match against some of the terrains you take on. With off-roading terrain, you never know how much damage your tire may endure. Always have a spare tire in case you, or someone in your group, need to do a quick switch. Those spares on the back aren’t just decorations—they can really bail you out.
Regardless of your off-road destination, don’t forget to pack food and water. We all go out with the intention of “let’s just go out for a few hours,” — but we always end up out longer than anticipated.
Water doesn’t go bad, so you can always stock up and save some for later. This is more about basic water and healthy snacks, especially in arid climates that attract off-roading, which is integral to staying lucid and alert, Water can be used for cleaning wounds, drinking, boiling for sterilization, and cooking.
So make sure you are prepared with food, snacks, and water. Plus, if you are unable to get back, or someone has dietary needs, it’s important to have these supplies stocked up.
Warm Clothes & Blankets
When you are out in the woods with all kinds of terrain, you never know how the weather conditions can change. It’s always a good idea to pack blankets or sleeping bags and a pillow, just in case you have to stay out overnight due to a mechanical failure. Who knows, you may just feel like living in the moment and sleeping under the stars.
Regardless of where your adventure takes you, to ensure a safe, enthralling off-roading trip, be sure to prepare ahead of time and pack smartly. Your fellow wheelers will thank you.