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. Overlanders often enjoy being active in other activities as well. Having a rig capable of carrying the necessary gear makes it a breeze to carry along equipment for your favorite off vehicle activities.

Warm Weather Activities

The warm weather allows for the most engagement outdoors. There are tons of things to do once the snow has melted and temperatures reach into the higher digits. Below are some suggestions for things to do along the way during a trip or even once you’ve made camp.

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing/kayaking/paddleboarding
  • RC hiking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting, if season appropriate

Each has its own unique amount of gear you will have to pack, with things like canoeing and kayaking having a bigger footprint than hiking or fishing. You may even go so far as to strictly plan an overlanding trip around doing one or more of these activities.

Cold Weather Activities

While warm weather affords more options in terms of what can be done, some of the same activities can be accomplished in cold weather. People have been known to bike, hike, and fish during the winter months so feel free to give them a shot. Make sure you are prepared for the weather first and foremost. Below are some suggestions for things to do along the way during a trip or once you’ve hit camp.

  • Skiing, downhill or cross country
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoe
  • Ice climbing

Games for Camp

If hiking, biking, or fishing isn’t your thing, maybe you just want to hang out at camp and play some games. There are several outdoor games like ladder golf or cornhole that can be brought along to entertain everyone at camp. Both pair great with warm weather and an ice cold beverage of some sort.