Must-Haves for Your Next Off-Road Adventure
From planning the perfect route to ensuring your vehicle is in tip-top shape, a day on the trail requires some preparation. Don’t let a malfunction with your rig or a mishap on the trail ruin your day. Carrying some basic items with you is your assurance that you can handle the unexpected. Don’t leave home without these items
Recovery Gear & Tools
Spend enough time on the trail and you’ll learn that it can be unpredictable. Having the proper recovery gear, tools and protective gear ensure that you’ll spend more time on the trail instead of working on your rig.
Vehicle Recovery Gear
If you get stuck or slide off the trail, be ready for these or any situations with the following recovery items.
A basic assortment of tools can come in handy in many situations. Assemble your own kit or buy one that includes:
Protective Gear for Vehicle
Differential Glide Plate
Available for the front and rear, a Rancho rockGEAR differential glide plate protects your differential casting from direct contact. Rancho has offerings for the Jeep Wrangler JL (Dana 44 front - RS62116; Dana 30 front - RS62124; rear – RS62117; JK (Dana 44 front - RS6212; Dana 44 rear - RS6242); JT (front - RS62116; rear - RS62138).
Designed to shield your differential, a Rancho rockGEAR differential cover features an oversized fill plug. Available for the front and rear, Rancho has covers for the Jeep Wrangler JL & JT (front - RS62119; rear - RS62120) and JK (Dana 44 front & rear RS6209).
Rear Shock and Control Arm Skids
Safeguard your rear shocks and control arm brackets with a Rancho rockGEAR rear shock and control arm skid. Rancho has skids for the Jeep Wrangler JL (RS62125) and JK (RS62135) and the Gladiator JT (RS62137). Manufactured from 0.25-in. high-strength, low-alloy steel for long life and durability.
Safety & Survival
The great outdoors can be unforgiving. Carry these items to ensure the well-being of yourself and your passengers.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can help you be prepared if you or someone in your travel party suffers an injury or becomes sick. Make your own or buy a premade kit. Make sure it includes basics like:
These basic items will ensure that you’re ready for whatever the trail throws at you.
From food to an extra set of clothes, having a bag filled with some essential personal items will make your trip more enjoyable.
Keep in touch with others on the trail. Remember, you might not have cell phone service so having an alternate way to contact others is important.
Don’t Go It Alone
Travel in groups of two or more vehicles – there’s safety in numbers if something goes wrong on the trail. Also tell someone back home where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
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