Off-roading is a fun experience for everyone involved. Driver, passenger, parents or children, anyone can have fun driving off road.
Short day drives and rock crawls are fun but never feel as though they last long enough. Your best bet for the most enjoyable time is to make it an off-road weekend. Your best bet to having a great weekend is to figure out if your vehicle is capable of doing so.
Next is to make sure you’ve got your truck properly packed. Decide whether you’re going to be camping or renting a local hotel room and find yourself trails to go riding on.
The Necessary Equipment You Can’t Leave At Home
Nothing kills a weekend like getting stuck and not having a way out. Keeping these tools in your truck lessens your chances things happening that you can’t fix.
- Winch front/back (basic set up’s with minimum pull of 2x the vehicles gross weight)
- Straps (DOT Approved)
- Work gloves
- Food and water
- Fire extinguisher (A, B & C extinguisher )
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Binoculars (these are for scouting your path)
- CB radio
- GPS with USGS chip
- Extra clothing (for everyone in the truck, packed in waterproof bags)
What You Should Pack In Your Bag
When it comes to people packing is a little easier. Consider the climate you’ll be off-roading in and pack from there. Bring an extra change or two of clothes plus any sun protection you’ll need.
A cooler works well for food when strapped down. To water-seal it start on Monday and add a thin, even layer of rubber cement along the entire edge. Once dry add another coat.
The rubber will build up and create a thin but water tight seal. It will keep ice in and dirt out while protecting your food. If camping make sure you bring your camping gear.
Rolling other gear up in sleeping bags is productive. Again, make sure everything is strapped or tied down.
Rough It Or Hotel It?
When it comes to sleeping and if camping isn’t your thing you can always find local lodging. A small cabin rental for the weekend is a great idea and fun for the whole family.
Hotel rooms are another option so long as they’re a short drive from the off-road trails. Find something in your budget and stick with it.
Make sure that you reserve your cabin or rooms in advance if possible. Don’t be scared to ask for ‘near entrance’ rooms to keep mess to a minimum.
Finding The Best Fun Terrain
The last and one of the most important parts to having a great weekend is finding trails that you can enjoy. If you’re running a mud bogger then rock climbing won’t be a thing for you.
Here are a few places to check for good terrain that suits your truck.
- Ask a local club, they’ll know the best spots
- Check forum posts
- Research events, if they hold a mud bog there it’s sure to be good