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Important Gear You Need for an Off-Road Camping Adventure

You’ve got your camping supplies and your truck. Here’s the gear to keep from getting stranded.

couple standing on top of a 4x4 while camping during the blue hour
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As the age-old maxim says, “it’s not about the destination, but rather the journey." If that’s true, and if you’re a gearhead, there’s no more satisfying way to journey than via expedition-ready rig. And as manufacturers continue to offer up more and more off-road-ready vehicles straight from the factory, the call of the off-road trip grows louder, and adventure arrives more easily.

If you’re ready to answer the call, there are a few things you should put on your shopping list. Aside from your basic camping gear, essential survival tools and standard vehicle maintenance essentials, you’ll also want to make sure you have an array of gear that will keep you high and dry (in a good way) and your truck or SUV from getting stranded. The list quickly becomes expensive, but it’s better to invest now than be stuck later.

This basic guide to gear isn't comprehensive, of course. Part of the fun of the hobby is the continuous refinement of one's kit: adding new gadgets and piece of equipment; swapping out entry-level gear for items designed for more experienced users as you gain confidence; finding better, higher-quality versions of supplies than you started out with. Still, the products here and the categories below should serve as an excellent starting point, giving you a chance to dip your toe (or heck, even your whole foot) into the off-road camping pool.

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