From basic tools to vehicle recovery straps, there are many off road essentials you need to stay safe and have a great time while enjoying the great outdoors. Getting stuck or breaking something on your truck is part of the fun when you’re speeding over rough unmanned terrain. Unless you’re not prepared, then getting stuck or popping a tire can be the end of your trip. Not to mention, you might have to fork over unexpected money to recover your vehicle if you don’t have the right tools for the task on hand. That’s why it’s always worth the extra effort and time to pack all necessary off road essentials.
We recommend packing off road essentials in a collection of soft duffle bags and compact boxes. This helps keep everything organized and easy to locate
1. Basic Tool Kit
Your off road essentials kit needs to include all the basic tools necessary to make on the spot repairs to your vehicle. After all, just think of all the wear and tear off road vehicles undergo. It’s only logical to expect something to break or need repairs. Some essentials to keep in your truck’s tool box include:
- A variety of wrenches, including an adjustable wrench
- Sockets and socket extensions
- Spark plug sockets
- Allen keys
- Pry bar
- Several pliers and wire cutters
- Cold chisels
- Axle hub sockets
- Brass drift
- Snap-ring pliers
- Durable telescoping magnet
- Duct tape and electrical tape
- Safety and bailing wire
- Several types of epoxy
2. Snatch Block
If you plan to use a winch to recover stuck vehicles, you should invest in a Snatch Block. This heavy-duty pulley doubles the power of your winch and takes some of the load off, thus extending the life of cables and winches. Vault Cargo’s Snatch Block is small, lightweight, affordable, and adds 8 tons pulling capacity. It’s the perfect tool when trying to maneuver around trees, brush, debris, etc.
3. Recovery Straps
Most local governments and off-road clubs require you to carry recovery straps because they are so valuable if you get stuck. Recovery straps can be used in place of a winch if there’s another vehicle on site. Simply hook the stuck vehicle to an unstuck vehicle and give it a good tug. Make sure someone is in the stuck vehicle ready to drive the moment it starts to move.
Even if you don’t have another vehicle on site, you can make vehicle recovery safe and easy thanks to the Tree Saver Tow Strap. Keep in mind, in many cases it’s illegal to use a tree to free a vehicle without a strap like this that actively protects trees against damage. This single strap offers up to 30,000 pounds of towing capacity and is made with industrial grade construction.
A Tree Saver Tow Strap is legally required and saves trees from destruction. It’s worth it to have a couple of these affordable straps in your off road essentials kit.
4. Hi-Lift Jack + Bottle Jack
A hi-lift jack can be used for all types of purposes including lifting a Jeep tire with long-travel suspension. A bottle jack is useful when conducting tire changes if there’s solid ground to place it on. Just because you have a hi-lift jack doesn’t mean you should skip out on bringing recovery straps and winch accessories too.
5. Jumper Cables
A set of jumper cables can make the difference between getting your vehicle moving again and having to call out a tow truck.
6. Tire Recovery Kit
If you plan to go off roading, make sure to equip your vehicle with the right off road tires. Even heavy-duty all-terrain tires are at risk of encountering a flat, and that’s why a tire recovery kit is essential. Plugs can be used to patch air-leaking holes in tires, while an onboard air supply can refill the tire so you can make it back home safely. You can go with a fast and efficient CO2 system and/or an air pump.
A small shovel will come in handy if you need to dig out a stuck vehicle.
8. Safety First Aid Kit
Keep an off-road first aid kit complete with all the essentials to treat, sanitize and bandage wounds. Band aids, antiseptic, bandages, medications (Tylenol, Advil, etc.), gloves, and anything else you might need in case of injury or emergency.
Don’t forget to bring extra food and water for several days in case you get trapped, lost, or stranded.
9. Map + GPS
Don’t forget to pack a GPS system, along with a map and compass in case you don’t have satellite or internet connection.
10. Fire Extinguisher
Don’t forget to bring along a fire extinguisher! Even if you don’t end up using it, fire extinguishers are required by most local governments and off road clubs.
11. Oil + Other Fluids
Every 4wd recovery kit should include a collection of spare fluids. After all, there are so many ways to lose fluids, such as leaks or rollovers. If you need to refill fluids, you’ll be happy to have a pair of latex gloves and shop towels. Plus, you’ll need a properly-sized funnel to top off tubes. Bring along extra trash bags that can be used to place greasy or broken parts on top of or inside.
What are your off road essentials? Share your insights in the comments below to further build on this important discussion.