Overlanding is an often vehicle-dependent kind of adventure hobby where people seek remote destinations off the beaten path for weeks or longer on end. Overlanding differs from camping, off roading, or even van life because of its focus on the journey rather than the destination. This hobby has roots from over 100 years ago but has recently seen a surge in popularity.
Is Overlanding for me?
This hobby is not for everyone and that is okay. Overlanding sacrifices certain amenities and luxuries that some may value for a more nomadic experience. Overlanding promotes principles of self-reliance, discovery, and adventure. Given that, this outdoor hobby attracts those who are avid campers, adventurers, and the outdoorsy type. If you are looking to take the path less traveled and don’t mind “roughing it” than this may be the hobby for you. Overlanding can be a challenge but with the right equipment, preparation, and mindset, it can also be extremely exciting and fulfilling.
What do you need for Overlanding?
Overlanding will often take you to remote places without cell reception or anyone for miles. Due to this, it is imperative that you properly prepare before an outing. Here is a short list of things to keep in before overlanding.
The first thing to consider is what vehicle to use when overlanding. Because of its adventurous nature, overlanding is best done with adaptable and reliable vehicles. Some effective vehicles may include Jeeps, SUVs, trucks, even motorcycles. These vehicles all have their pros and cons which are important to consider for the specific type of trip you are taking. But given that, the most important thing is to have a vehicle that can handle a wide range of environmental and weather conditions.
Next, now that you have a vehicle picked out, you should consider what to pack inside it. Some basic survival gear like tools, a tent, water, a first-aid kit, and basic food would be a good idea. Other items that may be helpful would be a paper map and compass, a camp stove, portable refrigerator, utility jugs, and more.
Lastly, you will have to pack whatever other gear you plan to utilize along the way. This may include, bicycles, canoes or kayaks, fishing or hunting gear, or whatever else you may want.
Because overlanding is vehicle dependent so is what you can pack. If you cannot fit everything you need in your vehicle it may be worth it to bring along a utility trailer to increase your storage capabilities.
Get out and try it!
Now that you know the basics of overlanding, why not give it a try? You can do it alone, with family and friends, or meet people online and learn from the experts at your own comfort level. Whatever you do, have fun discovering what makes overlanding so exciting for so many people!