Opinion
Cindy Pope

KOAR Thank You

Gratitude is a KOAR principle “To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.” — Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay I swear it was September yesterday. It can’t be Thanksgiving already, can it? I mean, I am still sifting through photos and memories. Thinking back to this past September and the amazingly awesome weekend I spent with some equally awesome

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Opinion
Nick Howell

The Only Gift Guide You Need For The Overlander In Your Life

There are plenty of other sites who have already created Christmas wish lists for. Check them out here, here, here, and here. They’re all good and it means we don’t have to do anything because it’s already covered. And realistically, you could get any piece of outdoor equipment and they’d probably be stoked about it. However. There is a new

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Who We Follow: Chris Burkard

There is no under abundance of great photographers to follow on social media. You can do a quick search for a photographer and find hundreds upon hundreds, all with a stellar body of work to look through. In our opinion, none of them hold a candle to the epicness that Chris Burkard brings to the table. He is a self-taught

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Editors Letter: Failure Does Not Mean Failure

In early May, I put together a trip in the hopes of generating an easy to navigate a route that could be used for new overlanders. I did what I always do before a trip. Pulled up Google Maps with the satellite view enabled and started tracing what looked like roads. A few hours later, I had a pretty good

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Opinion
Tyler Windhurst

Plantnet: The App Every Forager Should Have

If your family is like mine, then you enjoy going for a hike. One of my favorite things while out is looking for wild edibles. I can identify some plants, but I’m no expert. This makes my wife nervous since she doesn’t always believe me when I say, “I know what I’m putting in my mouth.” That’s where Plantnet comes

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Opinion
Tyler Windhurst

Overlanding With An Infant: Tips For New Parents

In April of this year, I was blessed with my first child, Magnolia. Being an active family in the past few years, we didn’t quite know how to include our now three-month-old. After asking around for advice and not getting much, I decided to share our experience so other new parents can have something to look to for ideas. Plan

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Opinion
Nick Howell

The Minimalist Approach To Overlanding

I’ve always liked the idea of having less stuff and living a minimalist lifestyle. The problem is I like things. It doesn’t matter if it’s gear, clothes, movies, books, or whatever thing I might be into at the time. I like the physical items. Over the years, I’ve learned to get rid of certain material items that take up too

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Father’s Day Gift Ideas For The Overlanding Dad In Your Life

Father’s day is just a week away. If you have an overlanding dad (a DadVerlander or OverDadder as we have coined them) in your life and are unsure of what to get him, we’ve got you covered with some ideas below. Subscription Box There are a good number of subscription boxes available these days. You can get one for just

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Going Solo On An Overland Trip

Going solo on an overland trip is not something we recommend. We enjoy the camaraderie of having other people with us on top of the apparent safety net other rigs provide. However, we know it gets done, and given proper planning, it can be done with no problems. A solo trip could be sought for any number of reasons. In

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Who We Follow: Swellrunner Overland/Jason Koertge

Many may already know him from his YouTube videos or Instagram account. We’ve mentioned Jason Koertge (aka SwellRunner on Instagram) here on the site in our Overlanding YouTube Channels to Watch article. He is quite possibly one of our favorite YouTube channels to watch. There are hundreds of businesses, websites, and people who create extraordinary content on the internet. These

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How I Overland
Nick Howell

I’m Mike Klemish and This Is How I Overland

The How I Overland series is a semi-deep dive with Michigan and non-Michigan based overlanders, adventurers, and outdoors enthusiasts. It’s an almost 20 questions in their own words rundown of how they overland, the gear they use, what works well for them, and what doesn’t. If you’re Interested in participating in This Is How I Overland? Click here to fill

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I'm Nick Howell and This Is How I Overland
How I Overland
Nick Howell

I’m Nick Howell and This Is How I Overland

The How I Overland series is a semi-deep dive with Michigan and non-Michigan based overlanders, adventurers, and outdoors enthusiasts. It’s a twenty questions rundown of how they overland, the gear they use, what works well for them, and what doesn’t in their own words. Background My name is Nick Howell and I am one of the founders of Michigan Overland.

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Who We Follow: The Loadout Room
Opinion
Nick Howell

Who We Follow: The Loadout Room

If you’ve not heard of the Hurricane Media, that’s okay. They’re a small media company with a handful of men’s lifestyle brands, one of which you may have heard of, Crate Club. Outside of Crate Club though, they run several fantastic magazine/news style websites. One of which, The Loadout Room, we have been following since its inception. There are hundreds

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Off Rig Gear
Nick Howell

Stanley Coffee Press and Mug Review

Sometime in the last couple of years, I ordered a new coffee press and mug from Stanley off of Amazon. Full disclosure here, I’ve never used any Stanley products before, but I needed a new travel coffee mug. A quick search brought me to the Stanley Classic One Hand 20oz Vacuum Mug. I also enjoy pressed style coffee, so I

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Operations

Winter may or may not be coming this year for those of us in the southern end of the lower peninsula. The U.P. and the northern end of the L.P. are already experiencing snow accumulation. With some slightly warmer than normal temperatures, it might be a good time to evaluate your vehicle for winter operations. Granted, this should be done

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Overlanding YouTube Channels To Watch

YouTube is a fantastic resource for finding things to watch whether they’re entertaining or educational. And while our own YouTube channel is what you should be watching there are plenty of other YouTube channels that provide superior overlanding related content. Just typing in overlanding and you’ll get a multitude of different channels. So who exactly do you subscribe to? Below

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Opinion
Don Alley

Fortune Bay Expedition Team Overland Driving and Techniques 2 Course

On 06 May 2017, Fortune Bay Expedition Team (FBET) ran their Overland Driving and Technique Level 2 course. This course is intended for those of any level of overlanding experience. Per their description, they cover vehicle performance, using a spotter, towing, off camber driving, mud, sand, obstacles, washes and ditches, recovery methods, and group/team driving. Moving Past The Basics It

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Being Ready to Adventure With a Premade Go Box

How often do you finish work on a Friday and think, I just don’t want to go home? Instead, you’d rather just hop on the highway and find some adventure. Having a premade go box and ready items in your vehicle allow this to become a reality. The go box is stocked with everything you might need for an overnight

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Opinion
Nick Howell

The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping Book Review

Very early on in my hammock camping days, I thought I knew it all. How hard could it be, it’s just a hammock. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Different ways to sleep? Set up the rainfly differently depending on weather? What do you mean not just over the hammock? Staying warm isn’t easy? That’s when I started following Derek

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suburban overlanding rig
Opinion
Nick Howell

Rig Selection and Why I Chose Mine

In 2010 I had a 2002 Chevy Tahoe and was able to comfortably transport myself, my wife, two kids, a large dog, and all the gear necessary for everyone without an issue. We did get to a point where I thought a roof rack was going to be necessary, but never went forward with it. Fast forward to now and

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Opinion
Asa Lee Meadows

The Built Versus Bought Dilemma

An Op-Ed article from contributor Asa Lee Meadows on the built versus bought dilemma. It was January 2, New Year’s day off (Observed).  Having just moved up to Michigan a few months ago and noticed the greater number of deer present I decided that it was time to switch out my ARB stubby bumper for a full-width AEV bumper that

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podcasts to listen to
Opinion
Nick Howell

Overlanding Podcasts to Scratch that Travel Itch (Updated)

Most of us have to hold down jobs, have families, or just aren’t lucky enough to be able to make overlanding and adventure travel our life. There’s plenty of video resources to satiate these needs, but if you have a longer than average drive to and from work then the following podcasts may help curb the travel bug. When not

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Overlanders Christmas Wish List: Well Over $1,000

You’ve read our budget article and in between $100 and $1,000 Christmas Wish List articles so now it’s time to move on to our extravagant category. Similar to our last article, most of this will be suggestions with some specifics thrown in if they’re applicable. Purchasing something in this category means you have an understanding of what your overlander might

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Overlanders Christmas Wish List: Possibly Over $100 But Less Than $1,000

Our first Christmas Wish List article focused on some more budget-friendly gifts for the overlander in our life. This second reasonably priced Christmas Wish List article is going to focus on items that are probably over $100, but still not reaching into the extremes end of cost for gift giving, we’ve saved that for our third article. We provide some

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Opinion
Nick Howell

Overlanders Christmas Wishlist: Kind of Under $100

If you’re looking for a budget friendly Christmas Wishlist most of these items are either under $100 or right around $100. Nothing here is wildly out of control when it comes time to make a purchase. Food & Drink The first thing that comes to mind in this category is some dehydrated food, which can come in a variety of

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Opinion
Nick Howell

The Overlanders Christmas Wishlist Series Introduction

Christmas is right around the corner and what do you get the overlander in your life who has everything? Rather, what inexpensive thing do you get the overlander in your life? Let’s be honest here, not everyone wants to buy items for your rig that cost an arm and a leg. Our overlanders Christmas wishlist series should help with some

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overlanding related magazines
Opinion
Nick Howell

Required Reading: Overlanding Magazines

There are plenty of resources for overlanding content. Just do a Google search for overlanding and you’ll be met with an imposing wall of websites, YouTube channels, Instagram feeds, and much more. Books are probably the primary place for adventure related content but don’t count out magazines. Recently, a rash of overlanding magazines seems to be grabbing purchase, with some

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