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The Best Accessories and Tools for Adventuring Off-Road

Popular Mechanics Logo By Matt Crisara, Bryan Rogala of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 16: While off-roading can provide a fantastic sense of achievement and adventure, it’s inherently fraught with difficulty and risk. That’s why, if you do decide to venture off pavement, it’s important to keep the necessary accoutrement with you to tend to your passengers and your vehicle should things go south.What to ConsiderIt’s no surprise that everyone has different aspirations when it comes to taking their vehicle off-road. While the average joe might set off for a leisurely cruise up their local fire road, some enthusiasts might want to take a multi-day epic through bucket list trails. Both will require vastly different equipment. Regardless of the scope of your adventure, being prepared for a range of potential troubles only helps.Overland expert and YouTuber JonDZ Adventuring preaches to always learn how to use your gear before you venture out into the boonies. While some of the items listed below may seem more straightforward than others, learn how to properly use all of the equipment you take on board. Otherwise, it’s nothing more than dead weight. That may seem like common sense, but industry experts like Matt’s Off-Road Recovery mention that they regularly encounter off-roaders—who have all the right gear—stranded. How We SelectedThe list of accessories you can bring along and modifications you can make to your vehicle for off-road driving is long and, frankly, overwhelming. That has a lot to do with the potential hazards and mechanical mishaps you can come across. Here, through personal testing and experience motoring—plus research and recommendations from other overlanding experts on gear we haven’t had the chance to test—we’ve narrowed it down into this somewhat more manageable lineup. Even if you only invest in a few of these now, think of it as paying for insurance that will help get your rig back home in one piece.

While off-roading can provide a fantastic sense of achievement and adventure, it’s inherently fraught with difficulty and risk. That’s why, if you do decide to venture off pavement, it’s important to keep the necessary accoutrement with you to tend to your passengers and your vehicle should things go south.

What to Consider

It’s no surprise that everyone has different aspirations when it comes to taking their vehicle off-road. While the average joe might set off for a leisurely cruise up their local fire road, some enthusiasts might want to take a multi-day epic through bucket list trails. Both will require vastly different equipment. Regardless of the scope of your adventure, being prepared for a range of potential troubles only helps.

Overland expert and YouTuber JonDZ Adventuring preaches to always learn how to use your gear before you venture out into the boonies. While some of the items listed below may seem more straightforward than others, learn how to properly use all of the equipment you take on board. Otherwise, it’s nothing more than dead weight. That may seem like common sense, but industry experts like Matt’s Off-Road Recovery mention that they regularly encounter off-roaders—who have all the right gear—stranded.

How We Selected

The list of accessories you can bring along and modifications you can make to your vehicle for off-road driving is long and, frankly, overwhelming. That has a lot to do with the potential hazards and mechanical mishaps you can come across. Here, through personal testing and experience motoring—plus research and recommendations from other overlanding experts on gear we haven’t had the chance to test—we’ve narrowed it down into this somewhat more manageable lineup. Even if you only invest in a few of these now, think of it as paying for insurance that will help get your rig back home in one piece.

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