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 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 journey:
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 in the great outdoors longer than expected.
- CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag OR YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
- Collapsible Water Carrier
- Lifestraw Bottle OR Travel Berkey Water Filter System
- Coleman Propane Stove
- Hydroflask Water Bottle
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 all of your overlanding adventures are recovery gear and first aid items.
The last thing you want is to get stuck or have a major injury (especially if you plan on rock crawling in your vehicle) miles from pavement with nothing to fix it!
- First Aid Kit (Here’s a cheap one just so you have something at least)
- Recovery Boards
- Recovery Strap + Soft Shackles (it doesn’t hurt to keep extra straps of varying lengths)
- Hitch-Mount Recovery Receiver (If you don’t have D-rings on your bumper already)
- Hi-Lift Jack (Make sure you know how to use it before you need to figure it out on the trail!)
- Off-Road Shovel
- Tire Repair Kit
- Storage Case (to store your recovery gear — I mounted a Pelican gun case on my roof rack)
- Winch (OK maybe not essential but extremely helpful)
- Snatch Blocks (See “What is a Snatch Block?” for more info)
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:
- ARB Tire Deflator
- Portable Off-Roading Air Compressor
- Fire Extinguisher (Preferably an H3R Extinguisher which is rated for electrical fires as well)
3. Communications Devices or Boosters
One of the worst things that could happen while overlanding or just by being in remote locations 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
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:
- Sleeping Bag + Sleeping Pad or Air Mattress
- Tent (Or, preferably, a rooftop tent!)
- A Good Knife
- Fire Starter
- Lighter or Torch
- Compass (for navigation in case you get lost — just make sure you know how to use it!)
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!
While some items can be a bit more pricey in this section, they are all sought after items that we’d highly recommend purchasing some of this gear. If you shop for these items around the holidays, you may get some discount codes, too!
1. Cool Stuff For Your Rig
Let’s start with the most important part of your trip… your vehicle. Without a vehicle, you wouldn’t be able to go on an adventure!
- Off-Road Gas Cans such as the Wavian NATO Jerry Fuel Can OR RotopaX (I prefer the jerry can as RotopaX has been known to have leaks and plastic particulate… but they do look cool!)
- Prinsu Roof Rack (I LOVE this thing – it is truly amazing)
- A good set of all-terrain or mud-terrain tires (like the BFGoodrich KO2s, my personal choice – see our guide to the best 37 inch tires for more info)
- Diamondback Truck Bed Cover
- LED Light Bars and Ditch Lights from Cali Raised LED or Heretic Studio
- iKamper Rooftop Tent
- A nice camp chair with a canopy
- A camp sink
- A rooftop tent (you can read about the best hardshell rooftop tents and the best rooftop tents in general on our site)
- An awesome 270 degree awning
- An overland trailer
Check out bumpers and other accessories from Overlander.
2. Tools You’ll Probably Want
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 brand new tools will make your outdoor adventure easier!
- Gerber Hatchet OR Fiskars Hatchet (or get one of these cool viking carved hatchets from Etsy like I have)
- Gerber Folding Shovel
- Greenworks Battery-Powered Chainsaw
3. Camping Power & Electronics
The ultimate glamping overland experience isn’t complete without electricity! Here are our favorite electronics and the generator to power them:
- Jackery Solar Generator + Portable Solar Panels
- Battery-Powered Fridge
- LED String Lights
- Heated Blanket
- A Tent Fan
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! Having the right gear can make or break an overlanding trip (especially if you’re traveling cross country).
Do you have any overland essentials we missed on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
Related: What is Overlanding?