Planning to go off-roading? Then you should take the essential offroading gears with you to return home safe and sound after each trip.
Before hitting the off-road, you should fill your toolbox with these gears if you don’t want to suffer. These will make your off-roading trips safe and trouble-free.
Essential Tools For Off-Roading
1. Winch and Accessories
A winch is an essential off-road tool. When it comes to recovery, a winch is a good friend to have. If your vehicle gets on stuck sand mud or water, you will need a winch to recover yourself.
To do your recovery work properly, you’ll need a winch kit which at least includes tree strap, pulley and D-rings.
You must learn the winching safety tips to keep yourself safe while winching. Read our guide on winch accessories to know which accessories you will need for off-roading.
2. Tire Repair Kit
Tires are the frequently damaged parts of your vehicle. A good quality tire kit will enable you to repair damaged tires. A tire kit should include a tire gauge, a deflator and a plug kit.
If any sharp object penetrates your tire, you will be able to fix it if you have a tire repair kit with you. So, everyone should carry a tire repair kit in his or her vehicle.
3. Hi-Lift Jack
Hi-Lift jack is extremely useful for off-road recovery and tire repair. They’re exclusively designed for off-road use. It can be used for various stuff:
- Vehicle recovery
- For changing tires
- Doing emergency repair on the road
When your vehicle gets stuck and you don’t have a winch with you, then the hi-lift jack can be used as a come-along. You should learn how to use a jack properly. A serious accident can happen if they’re not used properly.
The only downside of the hi-lift jack is that the lifting point is straight and flat. So, this jack doesn’t work with round or curved bumpers. While choosing hi-lift jack, always go for high-quality models.
4. Air Compressor
You can easily add traction off-road by dropping the air pressure of tires. At the time of driving in a desert, deflating the tires to the safe minimum pressure will help to get the maximum surface width. But when you get back in tarmac, you’ll need to re-inflate the tires. So, it’s a good idea to always keep an air compressor in your vehicle.
When it comes to the air compressor, there are various options you can choose from. Go for a model which taps directly into the vehicle battery. Don’t go for those models which are designed to be plugged into the cigarette lighter. Because they take too long to operate
5. Tow Strap
This is a must-have tool for hitting the trail. A tow strap will come in handy when the slope gets too sketchy, the muds get too deep and tires get wedged. You will need a tow strap if you need pulling out of a sticky place.
When you have a tow strap with you, this won’t only unstuck you but also help you to earn some extra money by pulling others out of trouble. They’re far better than tow chains as they weigh less and won’t damage your vehicles body panels.
6. Fire Extinguisher
When you drive on off-road, your vehicle will be in extreme climates, extreme temperatures and extreme conditions. Keeping a fire extinguisher in your vehicle can save both you and your vehicle from major accidents. Setup the extinguisher securely so it doesn’t bounce around. Keep the fire extinguisher within your hand reach. You can attach it to the roll cage. (If Vehicle have).
7. Hand Tools
Before hitting the off-road, take a good number of hand tools( Wrench, Pliers, Screwdrivers etc) with you. It will be-be great if you take a high-quality multi-tool with you.
8. Heavy Duty Flashlight
A flashlight will help you search for your lost items at night. Sometimes you may need to do an emergency repair of your vehicle at night. A good quality flashlight will be your best friend at that time. Look for a flashlight which is water resistant.
This is one of the neglected things by off-roaders. But it’s a very important thing to have for vehicle recovery and other repair work.
It can be painful to do winching in the naked hand. Gloves will protect your hands at that time. When you’ll work in hot and small areas, it will give you additional protection and grip. That’s why it’s important to keep high-quality gloves in your vehicle.
10. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit will enable you to do primary treatment. Fill your first aid box with necessary items such as gauze, bandages, aspirin, scissors etc.
Extra Tools (Not required, but good to have)
11. Roll Cage
If you’re an extreme off-roader. Install the roll cage as an added safety feature.
12. Dry Bags
Dry bags will keep your clothes and other gears protected from muds, water and sudden rain showers.
Let’s start building your offroading toolbox with these essential tools and prepare yourself for a great off-roading adventure. And don’t forget to share your off-roading experience with us.