Planning to go off-road? Make sure you have these essentials

Since you’ll be far from home, and probably far from civilization
by Tom Ford | Feb 25, 2022
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1) Winches

A bit of a luxury, but if you’re on your own, a decent winch will allow for self-recovery.

2) Straps, strops and anchors

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Ropes and anchors are the recovery basics; without them, you can’t connect to anything.

3) Jacks/airbags

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A decent Hi-Lift jack is useful everywhere – for soft ground, use an exhaust-inflated airbag.

4) Sand ladders

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Waffle boards or sand ladders get dropped under spinning wheels to provide grip.

5) Lights

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You need to see what’s going on – and not just at the front of the car, either.

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6) Tire deflators/compressors

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Airing down is useful in most off-road situations. Might as well make it easy.

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7) Medical go-bag

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This isn’t top of mind when you think of off-road essentials, but always carry a basic first-aid kit. You’ll be surprised how many grazes you get.

8) Tire repair kit

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If you’re going far and not carrying spares, a kit with a few ‘tire mushrooms’ is killer.

9) Crovel

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Basically a ‘tactical shovel’ with a load of useful features. Top Gear owns one and loves it.

10) Portable power pack

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A small power pack can be the difference between making it back out...and not.

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