Welcome to AwayonAdventure.com! Here at AoA our passion is overland adventure. Through our journeys we have learned a lot about what kind of gear works for overlanding and what kind of gear…does not.
Whether you are just looking to take the family down that dirt road to camp right on the lake, or traveling to the southern hemisphere. Good gear, knowledge of how to use your equipment, inner workings of your vehicle and common sense are the best things to equip you and your family with.
You may find that solving most of your problems in overlanding can be taken care of by throwing money at them. While that is certainly the case to some extent, it’s extremely important to build with a plan before hand. Without a plan you may find yourself reversing thousands in mods (well, at least regretting them) to go a different route that suites your travels better.
Be honest with what kind of trips you plan on going on. Be honest with the difficulty of trails you plan on traveling. We know it looks cool to have a steel front bumper along with a lift as well as nice looking wheels and tires but for 99% of overlanders money can be better spent other places. If you plan on tackling difficult trails you are almost certainly better off spending money on a solid set of tires, sliders and proper skid plates. If solo exploring a winch, usually accompanied with a front bumper, is almost a requirement.
Communication is often overlooked. In an ideal world everyone would have at least HAM and CB radios on board their rigs. HAM requires a license which is the main reason people don’t (legally) have one. CB on the other hand requires no license. While it’s maximum distance is short, being able to reach out on it’s emergency channels could be life saving.
Nobody wants to spend thousands on drawers but a good storage system is one of those things that makes life so much easier even for the weekend warrior. Being able to keep your critical gear in your truck at all times lifts a huge burden off pre-trip planning. That along with the safety benefits of good drawers make them nearly a requirement for frequent overlanders. Even in a low speed accident that 20 pound bag of recovery gear can turn into a nasty projectile. If it’s confined in a proper storage system its no longer a danger to you or your family.