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Overlanding Safety Tips For Beginners
It’s easy to steer away from your normal way of doing things when you’re in travel mode. When you’re in a foreign city or country, you might be tempted to spend more on food than you normally would or push your sense of caution for the sake of a thrilling adventure.
However, Overlanding is not your ordinary way of travel. You are likely to be away from several city amenities and conveniences that you have at the tip of your fingers. One mistake or oversight can put you in danger or cause damage to your car and belongings.
The Essentials Of Overlanding Safety
It is best to tackle Overlanding safety by covering these 3 essentials:
- Overlanding Gear
- Shelter and Food
1. Roof Racks.
Your car serves as your transportation and living area when you go on off-road trips. Installing a roof rack will help you get the most out of the space in your car and keep your things safe, secure, and in one place. Find the best roof rack that fits your vehicle to expand the storage capacity of your car.
TIP: If you are sleeping in a rooftop tent on your trip, a roof rack will serve as a great base to secure the tent.
2. Off-Road Tires.
Remember that an off-road tire's tread should be broader than that of a standard on-road tire so it can dig deep into loose dirt, mud, or sand to maintain a grip. The type of tires you should be getting must be based on the needs of your vehicle. Check with your tire dealer or a local mechanic for recommendations.
3. Spare Tire And Patch Kit.
Getting a flat tire is inevitable when you’re driving through all types of terrain. Bring a spare tire and a patch kit so you are prepared! Overland Vehicle Systems features an Air Compressor, Digital Tire Deflator, and a 53-piece Tire Repair Kit. If you discover a problem with your tires and wish to inspect them, a patch kit will save you time and will fix your tire without having to remove it from your car.
4. Fuel Storage.
You will likely be on the road for a few days and driving through areas where gas is not readily available. Take a couple of fuel storage vessels so you won’t have to worry about running out of gas.
5. A Spare Battery Or Portable Jumpstart Kit.
Remember that self-reliance is the key to a successful off-road trip. This means getting help from a mechanic is out of the equation if your car won’t start. Pack a spare battery or a portable jumpstart kit so you won’t be stranded in the middle of a remote area!
While you can use your smartphone to get to your destination, consider the possibility that you might lose your cellular signal or phone battery. Bring tools to help you find your way, like a compass, a map, or a trail and street GPS navigator that you can easily take with you. Some GPS tools have pre-installed routes specific for 4-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles, and snowmobiles.
Many Overlanding areas have little to no cellular service, so you must always consider an alternative to your smartphone for your means of communication. There are compact satellite communicators that will allow you to send text messages or an SOS signal to emergency services within your location.
3. First-Aid Kit.
A responsible excursion should include preparing for potential injuries. Pack the following items in your first-aid kit:
- Wound solution
- Plasters in different sizes and shapes
- Sterile gauze dressings in different shapes
- Safety pins
- Disposable, sterile gloves
Shelter And Food
Most tents used for Overlanding trips can be pitched on the roof or in the back of your vehicle. Some tents include sleeping bags or mattresses for added comfort. The Alpha II Roof Top Tent makes rugged trips comfortable. With a sleeping capacity of 2 people, this roof-top hardshell tent comes with internal and external LED lights, a telescoping ladder, and three window openings. Want more space and comfort? The IKamper Skycamp 3.0 Roof Top Tent can house up to 4 people! It comes with a thick, king-size mattress with aluminum floor panels for a cozy, restful sleep.
2. Food And Water.
Pack enough food for the duration of your trip. Consider bringing food that does not spoil easily and can give you lots of energy. Bring bottles of water or a water filtration system. Coffee and energy bars are also great items to add to your list.
TIP: Bring sufficient water and food storage to keep your refreshments in the best condition.
If you are staying out for a few days, you’ll need a portable stove and basic camping kitchenware such as a skillet or pot to prepare your food and your coffee.
4. Utensils And Tableware.
Bring some utensils and tableware to enjoy your meals without burning yourself.
You’re bound to have an enjoyable experience when you don’t worry about your security. If you’re new to this adventure, use this guide to cover the basics of Overlanding safety.