It’s one thing to know how to drive your Jeep off-road. It’s another to have the right stuff with you in case the unexpected occurs.
Mark A. Smith, the founder of Jeep Jamboree USA and a U.S. Army Special Forces trainer, is here with some tips to help you pack accordingly for your next excursion.
- Prep your rig. Secure your battery. Make sure you have a full-size spare tire.
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Have a fully charged battery in your cellphone. (Or use a CB radio.)
- Keep some basic tools, such as a screwdriver, pliers, a wrench and bailing wire handy for minor emergencies.
- If you don’t have a tow rope/strap without metal hooks, get one. It should be rated for at least 20,000 lbs.
- Carry a high-lift jack with you.
- Think with your stomach. Bring enough food and water with you for two to three days. An inexpensive water purifier is a good purchase, too.
- You’ll probably need to dig yourself out of the ground at some point. A space-saving, GI-style shovel and an ax will come in handy for that.
- Want to survive out in the elements? Well, that’s what survival gear, such as weather-appropriate clothing, matches, a flashlight, tarps and a camp mirror, is for.
- Find room for an extra quart of oil and 5 gallons of gas. Your Jeep might get a little extra thirsty tearing it up in the great outdoors.