Prepare yourself when you are off-roading or out on backcountry trails overlanding with the proper overland tools.
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A good multitool is important to have in your glovebox for when you need it. A multitool provides you with a variety of helpful tools to ensure you have the right tool for the job when a situation occurs.
The Gerber Truss Multitool comes with tools from pliers to wire cutters to knifes and bottle openers. It is high quality and I recommend it.
Always Bring a tool kit with basic sockets, wrenches, and other car tools. You should always be aware whether your vehicle is made of metric, SAE hardware, or combination of metric and SAE hardware. The tools are interchangeable to some extent, but the correct size should always be used unless you are in a pinch so ensure you have a good toolbox.
I recommend the DEWALT Mechanics Tools Kit and Socket Set, 142-Piece as it has a variety of tools for various vehicle issues.
Having a good axe while overlanding always you to easily chop or split wood to start a fire. A good campfire is always great while camping at nightime, and it is essential for any survival situation. Making sure you can gather wood in a survival sitation is essential.
I recommend the Estwing Special Edition Camper's Axe - 26" as it is extremely versatile and durable. It is made of 100% steel except the rubber grip and I use it on all my trips.
For something smaller check out their Estwing Camper's Axe - 16" Hatchet with Forged Steel Construction.
A shovel is important to bring because it can allow you to dig your tires out when stuck. If you get stuck on the trail sometime the best thing to do is dig your way out. Additionally, it can help you move rocks to put under your wheels if you get high centered or have trouble getting over an obstacle.
I recommend the Ashman Round Shovel for a simple but effective option.
If you get a flat tire you need to have a jack to lift your vehicle and change that tire. On a similar note you should have a tire iron or a large socket / torque wrench if you are goingto change a tire.
Also make sure that how to change a spare tire before you go overlanding.
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When you need to change your tire, you will need a good jack. And on rugged terrain you will want something that can safely lift your car without tipping over. Put some thought into what is best for your off-road style and budget.
I recommend the Pro Eagle 2 Ton Off Road Jack.
For something cheaper try the the Pro Lift Bottle Jack.
Tire Pressure Gauge / Deflator
A tire pressure gauge is a must have if you are off-roading, as you should always be airing down your tires (lowering your tire pressure).
Wheeling with a lower tire pressure, lowers the chance of your tires being punctured, when compared to having a stiff tire that can more easily pop. Airing down provides extra traction through tough obstacles by increasing the surface area of your tires. Airing down also helps your tires absorb the impact of a rough trail by acting as a cushion before the impact of rigid obstacles hit your suspension coils and body.
Since you should always be airing down you will need to be able to know what pressure level your tires are at. A tire pressure gauge is an easy item to purchase to make sure you are adequately prepared for the trail. Some also come with a rapid air down function.
I recommend the ARB Tire Pressure Gauge and Rapid Air Down Kit.
Off Road Tire Inflator
Whenever you air down, you must be sure to air back up before getting back on the paved road. Driving around with a deflated tire can lead to tire damage, a blown tire, or your tire falling off the wheel. These are all very bad situations that you want to avoid.
Always pack an air compressor or some type of tire inflator with you while you are off-road, so you can easily air back up before hitting the pavement.
I recommend the Vlair Automatic Portable Compressor.
Tire Repair Kit
On the trail, anything can happen and even if you properly air down your tires they can still be punctured. You should have a full sized spare handy, but if for some reason you do not have a one, you should at least have a tire repair kit.
Even if you do have a full-sized spare, sometimes it may be best to quickly repair your tire, so I recommend that every off-roader carry one.
I recommend the ARB tire repair kit.