Overlanding adventures are one of the fastest growing trends in travel. This type of travel typically includes covering long distances in an off-road vehicle where the experience is more important than the destination. Overlanding differs from traditional camping by relying heavily on your vehicle and committing to a minimal self-sustaining lifestyle. A standard overlanding trip will steer far away from industrialized areas and their luxuries. This means you need to make sure your truck is well equipped with the necessary devices to support your backcountry adventure.
When deciding to modify your vehicle for overlanding, the options can be near endless. Long distance road travel requires modifying your truck to make your life on the road safe, convenient and more comfortable. One of the best ways to assess and prioritize your options is to ask yourself how long your trip will be and where you will be taking your vehicle. Once these questions have been answered then the focus of modification should be made about comfort, protection from the elements, and the ability to store and prepare food under all conditions while getting a good night’s rest. However, it is important to remember that a standard vehicle with little modification is often the most reliable since custom parts are harder to replace in the field. Here are a couple modifications that successful overlanders have made to make off-road life sustainable.
Overlanding Truck Accessories You Can’t Travel Without
- Recovery Points – Recovery points are by far the most vital accessories you can add to your truck. A recovery point is a steel loop used to hook your vehicle onto another during a tow. Most vehicles do not come with recovery points that will handle the extra stress of off-road obstacles. The stock recovery assist devices usually consist of a dangerously small piece of steel that can snap off during a recovery and can lead to injury or death. It is then necessary to modify your vehicle to ensure safe operation in the event of an extraction. Towing a vehicle requires the mounted components are tested for durability and load capacity.
- Winch – The value of a good winch is immeasurable. A winch is a hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope, cable, or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or by motor or other power source. A bumper mounted electric winch will help pull out your vehicle when it gets stuck. By utilizing an electric type winch, it ensures that power is supplied by your truck’s engine and is readily available at the push of a button.
- Hi-Lift Jack – The infamous Hi-Lift Jack is reliable and bulletproof. The name speaks for itself; a Hi-Lift jack is a device that allows you to lift your vehicle higher than your typical car jack in order to make repairs or change a tire. The jack can also be used to get you out of an immobile situation or clamp broken items together.
- Security Drawer – A discreet security drawer will allow you to keep valuables during your trip safe from theft. Typically used for identification documents, currency and firearms when traveling, a security drawer will give you peace of mind.
- Tie-Down Straps – It is important to keep several durable and well-made straps handy for the tying down of valuables. Tie down straps can be used to lock down items that are loaded on the roof rack or rear load jerry cans full of fuel.
- Fuel Cans – Overland travel brings isolation from the rigors of city life, as well as isolation from the fuel that is critical to your journey. Bringing several good jerry cans is a necessity if you’re attempting to increase your range out in the middle of nowhere. These simple fuel storage devices allow you to stay self-sufficient in the field for longer periods of time.
- Extendobed – Overlanding requires as much storage space as possible to carry all of your belongings, especially for those traveling for weeks, months, even years on end. The Extendobed solves this problem for you, giving you extra storage and easy access to all of your belongings. No more climbing into the back of your vehicle to reach your gear. With over 100% extension, all of your belongings are within arms reach. For all of you extreme sportsmen out there, Extendobed’s 1,000-3,000 lb capacity makes storing ATVs and heavy equipment possible. What’s more, the Extendobed Overlanding Unit is fully customizable with shelves, drawers and dividers, allows you to keep all of your gear organized and orderly.
When traveling to destinations out in the wild you’ll need to carry water, shelter, and food. You need to be prepared to do basic repairs and have the ability to store all the accessories needed to get your vehicle out hazardous situations. Wherever your destination, these accessories will help you through your overlanding adventure. Happy travels.