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XPDN2 Upper Peninsula Adventure Recap via Fresh Coast Offroad

Below is a recap from Aaron Marquis and Paul Wisniewski from Fresh Coast Offroad of the XPDN2 Upper Peninsula Adventure. All included pictures were taken by All-Pro Offroad, Jim Roy, Fresh Coast Offroad, Ken Farley Jr., and Torq Masters. Links are provided for all of the additional companies, restaurants, and stops throughout the article. Make sure to check them all out and give all of the companies a follow or visit. Below is a list of the sponsors who made this trip happen. Please give them a follow! Headline Sponsor Milestar Tires Website | Instagram | Facebook Title Sponsors  Rancho

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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 disasters on the trail, it’s a good idea to be prepared for what may happen. In this case, vehicle breakdowns and getting stuck in the middle of nowhere are probably the most common occurrences. What Does Preparedness Mean Preparedness can be defined as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking

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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 is a good one, but not being able to find something because you brought everything can kill the fun. Ready to Go Bins Having a few ready to go bins can go a long way in not stressing about packing. Keep anything that doesn’t have an expiration date on it in some bins. They should

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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 camping, and plenty of people get by using what they already have. Being able to carry multiple options ensures you are staying safe from the elements. Inside Your Rig This is probably the easiest and cheapest option provided you have a large enough vehicle.  The cargo area of an SUV or truck with topper can

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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 and hope things stay good. Dehydrated meals offer a quick, easy, and sometimes tasty alternative to spending money on a weekends worth of groceries. Creating a Menu First and foremost determining what type of meals you want to have. If you want dehydrated meals, hit up your nearest outdoors store or Amazon and pick up

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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 this equipment may be overland and off-road specific, it can also be used day-to-day for example if you find yourself stuck in a snow bank in the middle of winter. You want to stock the correct gear in your rig that suits and fits the environments you are traveling in. Most recovery gear is pretty

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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 will be provided below. Cell and Satellite Phones While the cell phone is not the preferred method of communication, it still holds a spot on the list. We do not recommend using your cell phone as the primary means of communication because of the high possibility of losing your cell signal. Signal coverage, while better

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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 run doesn’t mean you have to pack a full toolkit. However, a week or more may mean packing more than you would take during a weekend run. Another factor to consider is the age of your rig. Newer vehicles aren’t going to need as much attention as the older ones will, however, you still may

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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 also be a hindrance. The internet is a wealth of information when it comes to learning what to pack, what to use, what to cook, etc. You can find lists for every aspect of overlanding covered in this guide, but in the end, you need to do what works best for you. Menu Planning Cooking

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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 you want to do and planning is your thing. Either way, navigating while on the road and exploring is beneficial. Paper Maps In this day and age with every phone having GPS and maps it’s too easy to discount good old-fashioned paper maps. However, paper maps can still be extremely useful both as a primary

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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 it. A well-equipped first-aid kit is going to cost some money. The piece of mind it provides for dealing with emergencies is worth the price in purchasing a premade one or piecing one together yourself. A basic first aid kit is not an overly expensive item to purchase and carry. Depending on who you travel

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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 and a package of hot dogs but where’s the fun in that? Most of the time, kitchen gear is probably just thrown into whatever bin is available on broken out on the most stable platform once you hit camp. Storage Before putting a kitchen kit together determine what type of storage you are going to

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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 seasons. Each section will provide a brief time frame and what to possibly expect in each season regarding temperature and conditions. While most of our time might be spent riding inside a vehicle, it’s still a good idea to follow the basic principles of what to wear. Pack items that are going to wick moisture

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