Ten Off-Road Survival Tips from a Pro

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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.

  1. Prep your rig.  Secure your battery.  Make sure you have a full-size spare tire.
  2. Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  3. Have a fully charged battery in your cellphone.  (Or use a CB radio.)
  4. Keep some basic tools, such as a screwdriver, pliers, a wrench and bailing wire handy for minor emergencies.
  5. If you don’t have a tow rope/strap without metal hooks, get one.  It should be rated for at least 20,000 lbs.
  6. Carry a high-lift jack with you.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum, Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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