When he heads off the trail, his off-road kit always includes:
Straps Shackles Work gloves Food and water Fire extinguisher Tools Jumper cables Flashlight Shovel Hatchet CB radio GPS with USGS chip Maps Extra clothing While that may seem like a lot of gear, Michael Green from OffRoad Experience has a much longer list of required gear that they recommend you have to take part in one of their trips. It's 32 items long, and besides the items above, it includes things to have on hand like motor oil, radiator water, a rain suit, a full set of spark plugs with wrench, and a full set of belts and filters. A bit extreme? Maybe, but like Olsen says, "More is better."
And there is always the favorite must-have gear off-roaders like to bring in addition. Like the sand ladders off-roader Michael Gibson relies on to give him traction to get out of deep sand or mud. " I lived in the Middle East and Africa for over 10 years, and would never go anywhere without sand ladders," he says. "I made my own out of the aluminum sections used to make walkways and keep four 4-foot sections inside my HZJ 78."