What basic offroading gear do you need to start jeeping and wheeling?
Here is some standard wheeling gear that you should procure for your first trip:
Make sure you have recovery gear – the equipment that will get you out if you get stuck.
This is essential gear to pack for every trip. Trust us.
The one time you don’t bring along your recovery gear is the one time you will absolutely need it!
Make sure to invest in the following items:
Shackles are used to safely connect the rope to the vehicle.
Make sure to purchase quality equipment! It will last as long as you own your rig and can always be trusted.
It is very good practice to carry at minimum a basic first aid kit and take a yearly CPR /First Aid class.
For other emergencies, you should base your equipment upon your anticipated destination, but this basic list is a great start:
It is also tempting to pack too much; if you are not careful this is easy to do.
Of equal importance is your mapping and navigation setup, whatever that might be.
Several great apps exist, but our favorite is Gaia GPS. Just be sure to download your map area before you leave!
You can also download and print USFS Motor Vehicle Use Maps for your destination or check with the local BLM office online or over the phone to get information.
We also recommend always taking an old school compass just in case everything else lets you down.
Don’t go alone.
And even with a companion on your jeep trip – tell a friend or family member your destination and have a plan in place for checking back in with them when completed.