Overland Journal

Bare Essentials

This list is to serve as a minimum recommended equipment guide for a typical overland adventure. Camping equipment is not included. No consideration has been made for special vehicle requirements or weather conditions.


  • Water (One gallon of water per day, per person plus reserve - weather will dictate)
  • Solar protection (Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Appropriate travel clothing (Breathable and weighted to the conditions)
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket (Regardless of conditions)
  • Sleeping bag (One per occupant, appropriate to the conditions)
  • Change of clothes
  • Change of socks and shoes
  • Gloves (One pair per occupant)
  • Hiking or trail shoes
  • Food (3,000 calories per day, per person, plus reserve)
  • Identification and copy of vehicle registration
  • Cash
  • Contact list
  • Signal mirror
  • Navigation resources (Map and compass minimum; GPS and local guidebooks recommended)
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit


  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front and rear recovery points
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Drivetrain fluids
  • Recovery strap
  • Jack
  • Tarp
  • Tool kit appropriate to vehicle
  • Vehicle spares appropriate to vehicle
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Light truck or better tires
  • Spare key, hidden outside vehicle


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Prepared by the Overland Journal Staff