• 04 Jun OB01: Introduction

    Overlanding has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the past five years. This once small community has ballooned into everyone having their own overlanding thing. Jump on Facebook or Instagram and do a search for overlanding and you’ll end up with hundreds of pages,...

  • 05 Jun OB02: Building the Overall Picture

    This part of the Overlanding Basics series deals with building the overall picture of what you want to do. Overlanding can easily turn into a money pit. Looking at rigs and gear the price tag begins to increase and increase the further down the rabbit...

  • 06 Jun OB03: Selecting the Right Vehicle

    Selecting the right vehicle is an important part of the overlanding experience. You don’t need to buy the most expensive, tricked out off-roader though. Really all you need is a mechanically reliable four-wheel drive that can get you to where you want to go. If...

  • 07 Jun OB04: Vehicle Modifications

    Getting out and exploring with a stock vehicle is the best way to determine what sort of vehicle modifications you need. If you jump on to any website, forum, social media, or YouTube and do a search of the first things you need you’ll end...

  • 08 Jun OB05: Driving On and Off-Road

    Most people won’t have to worry about driving their everyday vehicle off-road and loaded down with gear. Much like pulling a trailer, there are some pretty basic things to keep in mind when driving on and off-road with your rig. On Road Driving Principles Having...

  • 09 Jun OB06: Convoy Driving

    Traveling with more people is beneficial when overlanding because it can spread the responsibility of certain tasks across those participating. Unless a rallying point is being established for groups, driving to and on location in convoy is a good way to travel. Convoy driving is...

  • 10 Jun OB07: Camping Gear

    Once you’ve made a selection on the vehicle, it’s time to start assembling the camping gear you will need to sustain yourself while out. This is where a history of camping experience can come in handy. You should have a good idea of what to...

  • 11 Jun OB08: Clothing Selection

    Clothing selection will be dependent on where you travel and what time of the year it is. Some of the off rig activities you decide to do will also determine what you bring along. We are going to approach this by looking at four diverse...

  • 12 Jun OB09: Building a Camp Kitchen

    This part of the Overlanding Basics series deals with building a camp kitchen that suites your needs. An essential part of cooking a good meal is having a good kitchen set up to work with. You could very easily get by with just some sticks...

  • 13 Jun OB10: First Aid Kits

    A first aid kit is something that should be carried in your vehicle regardless of whether you’re out running trails or driving around in the city. It’s an item that may never be needed, but you’ll be glad you have one if you do need...

  • 14 Jun OB11: Navigating While On The Road

    One way to enjoy overlanding is just to find a trail off the main road and see where it goes. Maybe your intent is to map an unexplored area and provide maps for others to use. Maybe just running a trail randomly is not what...

  • 15 Jun OB12: Planning and Preparing For Trips

    Planning and preparing for trips is part of the overlanding experience. Being able to sort through gear, plan a route, and figuring out a food menu is part of the appeal for some people. Technology can become your best friend when planning, but it can...

  • 16 Jun OB13: Maintaining and Repairing Your Rig

    It’s bound to happen to anyone who travels off-road at some point. Something is going to break on your rig, whether it’s at home or on the trail. Maintaining and repairing your rig is a vital part of preparing for the adventure. A weekend trail...

  • 17 Jun OB14: Communicating With Others

    While overlanding can be done as a solo venture, it’s recommended to travel in some sort of pack. This means ensuring each rig has the ability to communicate with another. CB and HAM radio are the preferred method for communicating between vehicles, more on that...

  • 18 Jun OB15: Getting Stuck and Performing Recovery

    Much like breaking down, getting stuck and performing recovery is going to happen at some point. Having the correct equipment to safely recover means you don’t have to pay the huge amounts of money to have a tow truck come to you. While most of...

  • 19 Jun OB16: Menu Planning and Meal Prep

    Gourmet style meals can be had while on the trail with some menu planning and meal prep. There is no need to compromise eating well in favor of easy and terrible. The options available these days surpass just having to buy a bunch of groceries...

  • 20 Jun OB17: Staying Safe From the Elements

    When stopped for the evening and setting up camp, you’re going to need to have some form of shelter. There are numerous options, and if you’re an experienced camper, you may have a preference of one thing over another. Overlanding is no different than regular...

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    21 Jun OB18: Keeping Your Gear Organized

    Keeping your gear organized may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you want to get outdoors. Some folks just throw everything into a couple of bins and hit the road. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this. Any excuse to get out...

  • 22 Jun OB19: Plan For Emergencies

    Every year people all over the world experience disasters in some form. Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, this list goes on and on. It’s a good idea to plan for emergencies to happen, so you’re prepared for the fallout afterward. While you may not experience natural...

  • 23 Jun OB20: Travel and Security

    Understanding travel and security issues within the United States and abroad is important. While traveling within the Continental United States (CONUS) is much safer than Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), there are downsides and drawbacks to both. The best way to stay safe is...

  • 24 Jun OB21: Off Vehicle Activities

    Adventuring and overlanding go hand-in-hand. You may spend the day driving to a secluded spot to fish or drop in your kayak. Maybe you’ll be camping near some biking trails and want to get a ride in. Any of these scenarios is possible and more....

  • 25 Jun OB22: Documenting Your Trip

    While the intent is to get out and connect with nature, you may want to have some memories of what you did and where you went. Documenting your trip can be a vital part of that connection and keeping the good memories fresh in your...

  • 26 Jun OB23: Protecting The Environment

    As people who enjoy being outdoors, we also want to maintain the trails and woods we populate so frequently. This means leaving them in as good, or better condition than we found them and protecting the environment. There is nothing more disheartening than seeing piles...