Off-Road Checklist: Be smart, Go prepared

Planning for an off-road adventure? Then you’ve to prepare properly for the trip. You won’t only need the right vehicle, you’ll also need the proper off-road gear to make your trip enjoyable and successful.

Before hitting the offroad, use this checklist to make sure you are fully prepared and packed all the necessary gear. I recommend you to follow this checklist every time you plan for an off-road trip

Off-Road Checklist: What Do I Need?

1. Pre-departure Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Before you hit the trail, inspect your vehicle according to this checklist. Check the following parts and make sure your vehicle is ready for the offroad trip.

  • Check engine oil
  • Check transmission fluid
  • Check brake fluid and brake lights
  • Check radiator coolant
  • Check windshield wiper fluid
  • Check steering alignment and fluid level
  • Check gear oil
  • Check air cleaner
  • Check seat belts
  • Check fan belts
  • Check hoses
  • Check tire air pressure
  • Check battery terminals [I’ve also reviewed some best batteries for winch. Click here to read this review.
  • Check for tire wear or damages
  • Check and tighten drive shaft u-bolts, lug bolts and nuts
  • Inspect vehicle frame for cracks
  • Check cooling and heating system
  • Check brake pads and shoes
  • Inspect all lights and make sure they’re working properly
  • Check and tighten loose nuts and bolts throughout the vehicle
  • Inspect tailpipes and muffler
  • Check Winch and winch cable
  • Check all your ball joints
  • Check springs, shocks, wheel bearings
  • Grease all fittings

2. Offroading Tool Checklist

Put the following tools in your offroading toolbox. If something breaks and your vehicle needs repair, you’ll be able to get yourself back on the road.

Basic & Versatile Tools

  • Allen wrenches
  • Torx sockets
  • Socket set with extensions
  • Phillips & Standard head screwdrivers
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Large hammer
  • Utility knife
  • Grease gun
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Magnet
  • Baling wire
  • Superglue
  • Vice grips of various sizes
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Electrical tape & spare connectors
  • Wire cutters
  • Large channel-lock pliers
  • Jumper cables
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Snap ring pliers
  • Portable air pump

Vehicle Recovery Tools

3. Safety and Survival Checklist

The following safety and survival items will get you out of the most difficult situations. If you’re traveling in a group, it’s not necessary for everyone to carry each item.

  • Air compressor
  • Ax
  • Bucket
  • Blanket
  • Bow saw
  • Can opener
  • Bungee cords
  • Candles
  • Coat hanger
  • Candles
  • Cell-Phone
  • Gps/Compass
  • Maps
  • Mirror
  • Extra gas
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • Lighter
  • Towels
  • Paper & pen
  • Flares
  • Rag
  • Hi-lift jack
  • Duct tape
  • Rubber-weld tape
  • Radiator stop leak
  • Spare clothes, Rain jacket
  • Shovel
  • Gloves and safety glasses
  • Spare key
  • Trash bags
  • Whistle
  • Zip ties
  • Tarp
  • T-style lug wrench
  • WD-40
  • Hand cleaner
  • Toilet paper
  • Water purification tablets
  • Insect repellant
  • Power inverter
  • Water for you and your vehicle
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Repair manual for your vehicle

4. Offroad Camping Checklist

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Gps/Compass & Maps
  • Flashlight
  • Axe/Hatchet
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Firewood
  • Snacks
  • Backpacks
  • Water purification tablet
  • Paper plates & towels
  • Pocket knife
  • Cooking pans
  • Jacket
  • Folding chair
  • Tarps
  • Bathing suit
  • Extra keys
  • Bottle opener
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Hat
  • Trash bag

5. Spare Parts Checklist

You don’t have to pack a lot of spare parts. Just bring those parts that are most likely to break.

  • Fuses
  • Belts
  • Fuel filter
  • Air filter
  • Spart plugs
  • U-joints
  • Vacuum line
  • Wiper blades
  • Some brake line

What did I forget? Let me know via the comment section and I will update this checklist.

Let’s enjoy, and be safe!

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