Gear

While there are countless miles of well-maintained gravel roads laced through the public lands of the west, there are countless more that can push many vehicles to their limits. The possibility of getting stuck, sustaining damage, or other mishaps is always present. Combined with the fact that most softroading occurs far from support services and out of cell range, planning for a certain amount of self-sufficiency is important. Here are some of the most common preparedness items you might want to consider having in your vehicle when heading out on excursions:

Air Compressor
Ax or Hatchet
Blanket
Emergency Food
Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit
Flashlight
Gloves
Jack (off-pavement capable)
Jump Starter Kit

Plank (for jack support)
Recovery/Snatch Strap & Shackles
Shovel
Tarp
Tire Repair Kit
Tools
Traction/Recovery Boards
Water
Winch/Come-Along
Zip ties/duct tape/other misc. repair aids