Preparing For Off-Roading

October 8th, 2021 by

“There is no shorter road to defeat than by entering a war with inadequate preparation” – Charles Lindbergh.

 

We know you want to get your Jeep out into the wilderness, making the most incredible memories and Instagram posts physically possible. But preparing for your adventures is a crucial step that every off-roading enthusiast needs to take into serious consideration.
First, you need to learn the basics of 4X4’ing.
1. Follow the rules & Local Guidelines.
One of the quickest ways to have the least fun is by ignoring local rules and guidelines or driving where you don’t have permission, leading to a breath-taking fine and even jail time if you aren’t careful.
*Disclaimer* This is meant for people in the United States, so this guide might not apply to you if you live somewhere else. Also, we are not your lawyers, so make sure to consult an actual professional before making any decisions.
There are laws prohibiting off-roading on state and federally owned land. Sometimes you can take your vehicle or ATV on this land. But in general, don’t go off-roading without getting written or at the very least verbal permission from the property owner. When dealing with federal or state land, there will be posted signs to guide you. There may be specific trails or sections where off-roading is allowed in these areas, so follow them to avoid fines and citations. In addition, you can reach out to the government agency responsible for the land to get additional guidance or even a permit in some cases.
Also, there are safety laws that you will need to follow. For example, while off-roading doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing dangerous things, it can lead to a ticket for driving dangerously, especially if you’re driving through streams, wet vegetation, or other areas that might be considered hazardous. Understand your local laws and guidelines will save you many headaches and put your mind at ease so you can enjoy your off-roading experience without worrying about an uncomfortable encounter with local or federal law enforcement.
2. Pack before you leave
Off-roading is an entertaining activity because it is unpredictable, but that unpredictability means you need to prepare recovery gear, emergency gear, and accessories. Preparing for the unexpected can be a challenging task, but this checklist can help you ensure you don’t get into more trouble than you can handle.
An emergency kit is essential because you never know if your vehicle will get stuck out in the wilderness or break down. You might end up spending the night. In this emergency scenario, you’ll be thanking yourself for putting together an impressive emergency kit. Plus, it’s fun to show off your kit.
You don’t have to have everything at once; start with a basic kit and add things over time. Eventually, you’ll have all of the goodies, and ultimately, your preparedness will pay off.
Emergency Kit Packing List 
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Extra Food & Water
  • Flare Gun
  • Emergency Radio with Phone Charger
  • Flashlight
  • Survival Whistle
  • 12 Hour Emergency Bright Stick
  • Fire Starter Kit
  • Compass
  • Paracord Bracelet
  • Pair of Durable Work Gloves
  • Emergency Blankets & Body Warmers
  • Emergency Ponchos
  • Emergency Tube Tent & Rope
  • MultiTool
  • Hygiene Kit
Get Unstuck Kit
  • Winch Kit
  • Traction Mats
  • Folding Shovel
  • Hi-lift Jack
  • Recovery Strap
  • Traction Board
  • Printable Unstuck Guide (*Email Capture Lead Form With a quick guide on getting unstuck*)
Camera & Drone Kit
Crazy things happen while you are off-roading, and one of the biggest regrets of any novice off-roader is not having the proper equipment to capture those crazy moments on camera. Just like the previous kits, you don’t have to have all the goodies to start with, but you’ll thank yourself later if you have at least one camera to capture those moments.
We recommend a couple of GoPro’s with vehicle mounts to capture your Jeep’s front and rearview. Put a camera in the cab to capture the expressions on your passenger’s face as you climb over daunting terrain. We recommend bringing a lightweight drone that can capture overhead views and scenery as you explore. Please check local airspace regulations and laws before you fly. There is a helpful app you can download onto your phone which lets you check ahead of time.
Fuel Your Tank Up!
You’d be shocked how many adventures are cut short because of starting with a tank half empty. Just fill your Jeep up, and you don’t have to worry about running out while out adventuring.
We hope this guide will help you prepare for your next 4X4 Outdoor Adventure; stay tuned because we will be doing lots more tips, routes, and reviews to help you on your way to filling out your Jeep Badge of Honor.