With summer here, it’s the season to head out for a weekend off-road and camping adventure. To help make a checklist of what to bring on your next adventure, here’s a checklist of things you should have stowed in your off-road rig to make the trip both fun and safe.

Water
Never leave home without it. Always plan to load more than enough water for everyone in the group. It’s always good to have an extra gallon stashed away. If you break down or plan to stick around an extra day, having some extra on hand will make sure your group stays hydrated on the trail.

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Tent
A tent or shelter is always important to have along to get out of the elements and avoid bugs, rain and heat. Whether it’s a traditional ground tent or a fold-out overland-style tent, there are a number of shelter options for camping off-road. One helpful note is to make sure the tent is in proper-working order before the trip. A ground mat is also helpful to have along to create a barrier between you and the ground, and most are also mildew-resistant in case they get wet.


Food
Yeah, this seems pretty obvious, but it’s important not just to bring food but be mindful of what you bring and how you’ll store it. A blend of perishable and non-perishable items is smart to bring along. Meat, bread and fruit can stay fresh in a cooler for a few days, but bring along some items with longer shelf life light canned food, trail mix or even the emergency MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat). It’s wise to have options on hand – especially if you’re camping quite a ways from civilization.

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First Aid Kit
Being prepared for any emergencies that might arise is crucial. A basic first aid kit  should include bandages, gauze, disinfectant, first aid tape and more. Pack a lighter in it as well since matches can get wet. A small flashlight or headlamp on hand will help make sure you can address first aid issues in the dark without having to dig through the vehicle. A roll of duct tape and rope can help in a number of situations, and a Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool can really come in handy.

Whether you’re heading out on the trails for a day or are planning a more extended adventure trip, there are plenty of things you should make sure to have packed to fully enjoy camping off-road. Here’s a checklist of things you should have stowed in your off-road rig to make that next camping trip safe and fun.

With the increase in popularity of overland adventure travel, there are a number of shelter options for camping off-road. There are a number of crafty new designs that incorporate tents into the bed of trucks or that fold out and rest on the hoods of Jeeps, vans and trucks.

For those going the traditional route, a standard ground tent should suffice. Just make sure the tent is in proper-working order before the trip – otherwise, you may be camping under the stars unintentionally. Useful but not necessary is a nice ground mat to help provide a barrier between you and the ground, and most are also mildew-resistant in case they get wet.