The only thing worse than being out on the trail with someone who isn’t prepared is when that someone is you! Being the guy borrowing tools to air down tires, the one without a tow-strap attachment point anywhere on his vehicle or bumming beers off us when the day of off-roading is done isn’t going to win you any friends. We’ll put one of the core unwritten rules in writing: bring the stuff you need to be self-sufficient.
How much stuff you need is dependent on what type of four wheeling you like to do and how frequently you break parts on your rig. But there are a few things that should be in every 4×4 every time. By doing so, it will completely remove unnecessary hassle and inconvenience forthe whole group. Don’t get us wrong, working together to overcome big challenges has made some of our off-roading trips the most memorable. There’s always opportunity for the group to pool tools and supplies together to patch up a broken c-clip axle or rebuild a suspension link. One guy will have a grinder and another one a welder and a third enough scrap to fabricate whatever emergency fix is needed. But someoneneeding a Band Aid shouldn’t bring the whole group to a stop.