Must-Have Overlanding Gear (And Fun Toys)

A list of the essential overlanding gear (and some fun stuff, too!)

Looking for the best overlanding gear to have more fun on the trail?

Whether you’re looking for the bare-minimum essential overland gear to get you out on the trail or you want to turn camping into glamping with things like battery-powered fridges and string lights, we’ve compiled all the coolest overlanding gear in one spot!

Here we go:

Must-Have Overlanding Gear
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    Must-Have Overlanding Gear Essentials

    Look — we all love having fun toys. It’s one of the best parts of camping! But no matter what your budget is, you can hit the road with just a few essential items. These are the must-haves if you’re going on an off-roading adventure:

    1. Food and Water

    Wherever you’re going, you gotta eat and drink! Obviously you need food and water – what I’m referring to here is the containers to put them in… and something to filter water should you find yourself stranded longer than expected.

    Of course, you’ll also want a pot, pan, coffee maker, utensils, plates, etc… all the normal camp kitchen accessories you would bring camping.

    Related Reading: Best Off-Road Storage Boxes for Overlanding & Wheeling

    2. Recovery Gear and First Aid

    After your survival needs are met, the next most important thing to bring with you on any overlanding adventure is recovery gear and first aid items. The last thing you want is to get stuck or have a major injury miles from pavement with nothing to fix it!

    Also, while not specific to recovery equipment or first aid, these items are good to have in the field as well and didn’t warrant their own category:

    3. Communications Devices or Boosters

    Overland Communications Kit

    One of the worst things that could happen while overlanding or just off-roading is having an emergency and not being able to contact anyone because you’re out of cell service. That’s why it’s important to take safety precautions with either a cell booster, satellite comms, or both.

    Check out XOverland’s guide to communications for more options, like HAM and CB radios.

    4. Camp Essentials

    Camp Essentials

    Once you’ve set up camp, you’ll need some campsite equipment to ensure a comfortable camping experience! These are the basics that I wouldn’t go camping without:

    Boujee Overland Gear You’ll Want to Have

    Enough of the essentials — let’s get to the fun stuff! Shopping for any adventure and you’ll want some of these cool gadgets to turn your off-road camping experience into a glamping experience!

    1. Cool Stuff For Your Rig

    Overland Rig Accessories

    Let’s start with the most important part of your trip… your vehicle!

    Check out bumpers and other accessories from Overlander.

    2. Tools You’ll Probably Want

    Overlanding Tool Kit

    You never know when you might encounter a tree in your way that requires a chainsaw, or maybe you need to chop wood for a fire or fix a part on your vehicle. Whatever the need, these tools will make your outdoor adventure easier!

    3. Camping Power & Electronics

    Camp Electronics and Solar

    The ultimate glamping overland experience isn’t complete without electricity! Here are our favorite electronics and the generator to power them:

    Check out our overland solar power guide to learn more about our setup and how you can create your own!


    That’s all we have for overland gear and vehicle equipment to make your next excursion into nature an absolute blast!

    Do you have any overland essentials we missed on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

    Related: What is Overlanding?

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