Off-roading is an adventurous and exciting sport that requires more than just a 4×4 truck or Jeep. This activity heavily relies on how prepared you are for any obstacle that may come your way while you’re out there getting dirty.
Off-roading can be scary for beginners but when done right, it can be addictive – so much so that the activity is done in groups all over the world along with other aficionados. If you’re just starting out, whether you just bought a Jeep/truck or you’ve recently just heard about this hobby, worry not. Below is a comprehensive list of what you need to bring to survive your first off-roading adventure.
For your first trip, bring a reliable friend with his/her own rig or preferably, a friend who has experience driving off-road. The goal is to have someone with you who has another reliable vehicle or who can help in case a misadventure happens.
If you don’t have a friend who’s willing to join your adventure, go ahead and find local Facebook groups. Chances are, there’s already a group of beginners planning their first escapade who would be more than willing to welcome you to the crew.
Here’s a few to start you off:
The wilderness is not a place you want to be lost in. It’s massive and can seem endless. Choose a trail that’s close to home and get a map of the trail. Invest in a compass and learn how to use it before leaving. This way, you can always find your way home.
Getting stranded is not uncommon for off-roading enthusiasts. Anything can happen from dead batteries to broken suspensions.
While nobody expects you to carry a tent at all times, Napier truck tents are designed to be assembled in the bed of your truck, where you can also store it before and after use. For Jeep drivers, Napier SUV tents are compact and can be stowed under the seat.
For air mattresses, choose one that will fit your cargo box and can be set up without the need of a power source – in case the vehicle battery breaks down, the Napier Sportz Air Mattress can be inflated by the hand/foot pump.
Again, you need to be prepared in case you hit an obstacle and find yourself in a bind (or worse). A winch and lift kit can be handy in such situations. Also carry tire replacements (and the replacement kit) and make sure you invest in a body armor for your jeep to avoid heavy dents and scratches. You might want to look into a portable jump starter as well – you would not need this if you have a friend with you to give your car a boost.
Having a first aid kit in your car is a must whether you’re going off-roading or not. Pack some food as well to hold you over while you wait for the tow truck, just in case you do get stranded. Stay hydrated and have energy bars with you, it can get very exhausting especially for first timers.
Of course, you may not have to use all of the items above during your first-time off-roading, but it helps to put your mind at ease knowing you are prepared for worst case scenarios. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry.
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