How To Overland
Overlanding has become a prevalent activity, especially in the off-road scene. Overland can be deemed as "self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal. While expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose. ... Overlanding is about exploration, rather than conquering obstacles." - OverlandingJournal.com.
Adventure is what everyone needs and drives for one way or another. With a Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator, adventure can be found in a wide variety. From the factory, Jeep Wranglers and Jeep Gladiators are capable of conquering off-road tasks. This is where the driver can quickly experience the thirst and tease of something much more. Sooner or later, the Jeep Wranglers and Jeep Gladiators owner have boxes on more boxes of accessories showing up at the door.
Some people ask why? Why would someone put so much money towards their vehicle, their daily driver, and their primary transportation?
Well, it is pretty simple to answer, yet hard to understand. It is the taste for adventure. The Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator owners get the thirst for the beautiful outdoors, and soon, they are building their overland vehicles. Overland is a very loose term, where it can mean so many things. There is no specific add-on or accessory that makes a vehicle "overland." A stock Jeep Wrangler with a few water bottles, a pillow, and a blanket can be considered Overland ready. Just as long as the driver can depend entirely on their vehicle for their adventure, it can be considered "overland." So long as the driver can make it to their destination and gain the adventure feel, it can be considered Overland in most people's terms. In other's opinions, you need to have specific gear. This is where we get into the hardcore overlanders with all the accessories and add-ons galore.
What gear is required to Overland?
There are so many add-ons and accessories that can be used on an overland trip. The range of add-ons is unlimited. There are so many options out there, from the expensive Rooftop Tents that mount on cars to the simple ground tents. What it comes down to is, what overland gear is right for me? Well, what is your budget, and what are you trying to accomplish? Ground tents are cheap and get the job done, but Rooftop Tents are easy, luxurious, and superior. Rooftop Tents come at a considerable cost that some people can not incur.
The next question you have to answer is, where do you plan on going, and how will you have the ability to get there. If you have to be entirely dependant on your vehicle, you must make sure you have the fuel to get there. If your vehicle's fuel range is not enough to get to this adventure destination, how do you add that range? Buying cheap gas cans to extend that fuel range for an adventure. Sometimes these cheap gas cans leak or the inside of the driver's vehicle is already full of gear. Now the driver needs to buy accessories to expand the storage capabilities of the vehicle to hold more. This is where our Pak Rax shine. It is a cheap alternative to a roof rack that could cost hundreds to thousands to be put on the vehicle. Our Pak Rax kits can be used as an add-on to a roof rack as well. Our Pak Rax is focused on offering easy access to resources or tools that you have mounted on them. The importance of easy access is not necessarily realized until you have it or experience the hardships of retrieving these said tools from the bottom of your trunk or the top of the car. Our Pak Rax are built to maximize storage capacity while using dead space on the vehicle. The "dead space" is the rear window of a Jeep Wrangler that is not ever used for anything specific when off-road. By taking over this fraction of the car and using it to store fuel or water, you are maximizing the storage capacity of what is already a small vehicle.
Our Pak Rax kits are easy to mount and easy to use. The TrailRax Pak Rax is the best fuel that can mount on the market. The Pak Rax offers optimal storage capabilities and modularity that every Overlander needs. The ability to customize what you can mount onto the Pak Rax is vital to helping the common Overlander prepare for their trip. Overlanders can mount so many tools or resources on the TrailRax Pak Rax system. Some very well known YouTubers and "famous" Overlanders religiously say the most critical resource for starting an adventure is fuel for the vehicle. The driver can never go on an adventure if they do not have fuel. Get prepared with fuel and get the TrailRax Pak Rax to mount your fuel and resources. You must have fuel to go out and make it back.
What gas cans do I use for off-road?
We use and highly recommend the Rotopax brand canisters. They are plastic rotation molded cans that are easy to store, modular, and high quality. The most important part about these Rotopax cans is the ability to store them. They are slim packs that can be slid between things in your vehicle or mounted to our TrailRax Pak Rax system. These cans have high durability and can take the abuse of adventure. They are roto-molded in Utah and manufactured here in the United States of America. This promises quality and excellent customer service. Being made in the USA is a valuable trait that many overlook until they experience it. Customers must try to focus on buying quality products. Buying quality products ensures that the adventures are of quality, long-lasting, and much more.
Now that I have extended my range on my vehicle, what do I need next?
To be entirely transparent, you do NOT need a lift, big tires, or anything fancy. Just bring basic camping gear and resources like water, food, and cooking gear. Lifts, tires, and all the other add-ons come with experience. Once the driver has experienced times when they are out Overlanding and see they need a lift to make it over certain obstacles, then that is when they should purchase a lift. For example, if the driver is continually losing traction with their current tires, maybe they should look into getting some new tires that offer consistent traction when off the pavement. All these "luxury" add-ons or accessories come when the driver depicts that he/she needs them. This is precisely how it should come down when an Overlander is looking to buy an add-on for their vehicle... Do I need this to continue my adventures?
Great article. A lot of people think you need to have all sorts of mods to be overlander or offroader, so I appreciate that you encourage people to start even with their stock vehicles.
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