If you have never considered Overlanding or utilizing your vehicle for more than just basic transportation, 2021 may be the year to start seeing just what your Truck or SUV is capable of. With social distancing looking to continue to be a staple of our lives there is one activity that keeps you distant from others but brings those accompanying you not just closer together but closer to nature as well. While a first look may seem like you must completely transform your vehicle from a daily commuter to a fully built overland rig, that is not the case. While some things are essential to have on your trip there are others that just add a bit of wow factor to your expedition. I will say that the first time you are setting up your standard tent and your neighbor unhooks some latches and has their Roof Top Tent set up in a matter of minutes; you will start looking into what needs to happen to have one of your own. For those looking to add some adventure to 2021 our Overland Buyers Guide will help separate the essential overlanding gear from the stuff that should be on your overland wish list.
One of the key components needed is a vehicle that will venture off the pavement in stride. We are going to assume you have already found your future rig and are now looking to outfit it with the gear to make the journey. Many people quickly associate Overlanding with Roof Top Tents, Rock Sliders, and a Rig that looks like it would intimidate the harshest of trails. While that is nice to look at and can dramatically increase the versatility of your rig, it is not essential. What is essential is a desire to explore and the ability to be present in the moment with those that may accompany you on your journey; the trail is where memories are made. We will first cover gear that is essential to a successful trip where you may be a distance from civilization and then cover those items that while they are not “essential” they certainly make a difference when out on the trail.
When leaving the world behind there are some essentials that you absolutely must have to keep going; Fuel and Water. We have several solutions that directly address these needs to ensure your overland expedition does not get derailed. One of our favorites here at Truck Brigade is the LifeSaver Jerry Can. This is perfect for never running out of clean drinking water and has an optional sprayer attachment that is ideal for rinsing off dishes or a quick shower. The inventor of the LifeSaver Jerry Can, Michael Prtichard, started developing this after the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The goal here was to create a portable filtration device that did not require a power source and produced clean drinking water. After several iterations were developed, we arrived at the LifeSaver Jerry Can 20000UF. As the name states this is a traditional Jerry Can with a filter that not only filters out things like bacteria, viruses, cysts, and other particulates but also improves the taste of the water by utilizing a charcoal filter. The LifeSaver Jerry Can has a 4.88 gallon storage capacity and is capable of filtering 5,282 gallons before the filter needs to be replaced. The capability of having clean drinking water is critical to the success of any expedition.
The PrinSu Roof Rack is a quick and efficient way to add storage to the roof of your truck. With options to mount your RotopaX, MAXTRAX, Hi-lift Jacks, as well as storage containers such as the ROAM Rugged Case; the possibilities are endless. In addition, you can mount a light bar to ensure the trail ahead is illuminated. Another nice accessory that PrinSu recently released are the ridgeline handles that provide grab points along the sides of the rack as well as the option for integrated lights. The PrinSu Roof Rack is a drill free installation in some cases but if not, the directions are straight forward and easy to follow. This roof rack is also fully capable of mounts a Roof Top Tent if you decided to go that route.
While a roof top tent will quickly become the dream of those that first start researching overlanding that investment may be a bit much before you find you have a passion for it. But there is one roof top tent that doesn’t kill the budget but also doesn’t skimp on durability or practicality. The Body Armor 4X4 2-Person Pike Tent is a light weight, durable Roof Top Tent that mounts perfectly to roof racks or bed racks. At under $900 it is hard to pass up the value you receive, and it really allows those that may be unsure of their commitment to overlanding to not spend $1500+ on a tent. The walls of the tent are made with durable material including aluminum framing and marine grade stainless steel. The mattress that is included is approximately 2” thick and provides a comfortable place to rest your head. The tent is also equipped with a sky light that is perfect to have open at night to stargaze from the comfort of your tent. The only negative that some may note would be the lack of an anticondensation matt, but this is something that can be easily added. Other than that, the Body Armor 4X4 Pike 2-Person tent is the perfect option for those wanting to get into the overlanding with a full roof top tent and not spending an arm and a leg.These accessories are not the absolute must have’s, but they certainly do help. Some items such as a medic kit, tools to repair a tire, basic tool kit in case you need to work on your rig, and the ability to store food and water as the true necessities that you will not get far without. The items outlined are ones for those looking to jump into overlanding without building a full rig ready for Moab.