As we all know, carrying your gear, and making sure you’ve triple-checked your supplies is one of the most important parts of taking an off-road adventure. If you’re going to be off the grid for more than a week, you need to have all of your ducks in a row: food supplies, water, lighting, etc.
The biggest pieces to this puzzle is storing, organizing, and packing up your supplies for the trip. Having the right vehicle is number one, while getting the right roof rack is number two. We’ll run through some options and point out some ideas on selecting one here.
One of our favorite brands is Front Runner Outfitters. They have the highest quality, most durable roof rack line by far (they have them available for most vehicles). Their most popular racks include the Toyota FJ Cruiser (1), Toyota Tacoma (2) and Jeep Wrangler JK (3).
Picture yourself packing up for an off-roading trip. You’ll have your vehicle, and all of the associated storage. While food is essential, clean, drinkable, tasty water is number one on the list. Without it, you wouldn’t last days without finding some wherever you’re adventuring (and that can spell disaster if you’re not prepared to filter it correctly).
Water storage solutions come in a variety of forms. Essentially, there are three main kinds: collapsible water bottles (made from BPA-free, or another safe plastic), full-size tank system you can mount and bring with attached to your vehicle, as well as more mid-size solutions that can vary from a container to a pump, for added pressure.
So we all get the fact that it’s lovely to be outside, in nature, the sun, the rain, all kinds of weather, as long as you’re off-roading and camping. Heck, I’ll take camping and foraging over the office any day. However, we all get too excited sometimes, and need to ground this in some safety precautions. You don’t need to keep much in mind, but the following are the big three tips I’d give anyone.
Now, smaller campsite areas and more modern, less rural spots are going to be much easier to survive in, and you don’t run the risks of getting that lost, but if we’re talking real exploring, you’re bound to need some ground rules for staying safe and having adequate supplies. Your gear is ground zero, you’ll need to make sure you have a good rack, plenty of storage, and a reliable vehicle. From there, here’s what you’ll need to do.