10 Essential Safety items for off road driving – Off road safety kit

Byron Miller
- Last Updated: June 25, 2020

If you’re like me, you want to hop in the Jeep and head to the mountains and thinking nothing of it. In a perfect world, sure, you could do this, but the reality is, you need to be prepared. This simple off road safety gear list will help you be prepared for anything to comes up while on the trails and exploring overland.

Off Road Safety Gear

Here are some items to build out an off road safety kit that you should have on yourself / in your vehicle before you adventure out on those trails. Safety is important. We want you, your friends, and your family to have an enjoyable time and these ten essential items for off road safety may make the difference between a fun adventure or getting stuck on the trails.

Don’t leave home without these essential off-road driving safety items:

Heavy Duty Flashlight

You never know what you’re going to run into and how late you may be out. Nothing is worse than trying to swap out tires in the dark or fix your vehicle trying to use your phone as a flashlight simply. Invest in a quality heavy duty flashlight to keep in your vehicle.

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Maglite LED 3-Cell D Flashlight, Black
  • Superior quality craftsmanship with weather-resistant seals and anodized inside and out for improved corrosion resistance. D batteries required (best...
  • A premium drop resistant and water resistant flashlight renowned for its quality, durability and reliability
  • Advanced lighting instrument with a diamond knurled design and a powerful projecting beam making it suitable for camping, climbing, fishing, hunting,...
  • Designed for professionals and consumers alike, the Maglite LED flashlights build on the experience in craftsmanship, engineering, and advanced...
  • Includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Water-Resistant: Yes IPX4
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GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight S1000 [2 PACK] - High Lumen, Zoomable, 5 Modes, Water Resistant, Handheld Light - Best Camping, Outdoor, Emergency, Everyday Flashlights
  • ULTRA BRIGHT & LONG-LASTING - Easily light up an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away! 10 times brighter than old incandescent...
  • COMPACT, ADJUSTABLE FOCUS, & FIVE MODES - 5 Useful Settings (High|Medium|Low|Strobe|SOS) and wide-to-narrow beam zoom makes it ideal for use around...
  • WATER RESISTANT & VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE - Built for rough handling, this flashlight can survive a 10-foot drop or being temporary submerged under...
  • AS SEEN ON TV + BONUS - Same "military" tactical flashlight as seen on TV, shopping networks, and commercials but at a fraction of the price! Includes...
  • EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, 2 FLASHLIGHTS & 2 BONUS CASES - Keep one in your car, one in your home, or gift one to a friend or family member. Every genuine...
EverBrite Ultra Bright Tactical Flashlight, 900 Lumen CREE XP-G LED, Zoomable Adjustable Focus, 3 Light Modes, Heavy-duty Aluminum Torch for Hurricane Supplies Camping, Includes 3C Alkaline Batteries
  • [3 LIGHTING MODES & DURABLE ALUMINUM BODY] High/Low/Strobe. Switch between modes by fully pressing the ON/OFF switch. Press ON/OFF switch halfway to...
  • [ULTRA BRIGHT BEAM & EXTENDED BATTERY LIFE] 900 Lumen CREE XP-G LED output, beam can reach a distance of 1000 FT/300 M (on high-beam mode). 46 hours...
  • [VERSATILE ZOOMABLE FOCUS] Adjustable beam focus for both close and long range visibility. Functions as both a floodlight for large area illumination...
  • [OUTDOOR & INDOOR USING] Ultra bright tactical torch ideal for car repair, nighttime reading, camping, hiking, fishing, and many other activities...
  • [WATER RESISTANCE] IPX4 water resistant rated is designed to allow you to use this compact torch in the rain.
Super Bright Handheld Searchlight USB Rechargeable Large 4 Batteries 10000mah Powerful Cree LED Spotlight Flashlight High Lumens Powered Heavy Duty Waterproof Marine Boat Torch,Camp Lantern
  • 1.【2020 Heavy Duty Hand held Flashlight More Functions】: Super bright high lumens led spotlight flashlight searchlight Torch+Separate side flood...
  • 2.【Separate Bright Floodlight Side Lantern】:This led spot light flashlight search light also has extra bright side flood light lantern,very bright...
  • 3.【Super bright CREE XHP 70.2 LED Bigger beam 35W Spotlight Flashlight 】:Super Bright high lumens CREE XHP-70.2 LED spot light search light High...
  • 4.【Included Large lithium Battery* 4 pcs 10000mah and USB Output as Power Bank to charge phone】This rechargeable spotlight flashlight searchlight...
  • 5.【Portable Lightweight Handheld Spotlight Flashlight Searchlight (only 23.68 oz) Multi-carrying ways & 1 Year Warranty】Handle for easy take...

Rain Gear

Weather can change on a dime, especially in the rocky mountains. It can be a beautiful sunny day when you leave in the morning and a torrential storm by the afternoon.  Pack good rain gear you can rely on to stay dry. If not a full rain suit then at least a nice rain jacket with hood. I prefer the Marmot rain jacket since it is breathable, it keeps me dry, is lightweight and comfortable.

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Marmot Men's PreCip Waterproof Rain Jacket, Team Red, Small
  • SUPERIOR WEATHER PROTECTION | Marmot NanoPro waterproof and breathable fabric; 100% seam-taped to keep water out
  • MULTI-PURPOSE USE | Lightweight women's rain jacket is perfect for hiking, climbing, cycling, and other outdoor activities
  • BUILT-IN PITZIPS | Heat-releasing PitZips provide ventilation under arms to regulate body temperature
  • ADJUSTABLE, PACKABLE HOOD | Attached, adjustable hood can be rolled into collar when not in use
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR FIT | Drawcord hem and adjustable VELCRO cuffs prevent leaks and block drafts
Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Lined Rain Jacket Outerwear, -black, L
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Glennaker Lake Lined Rain Jacket is crafted of a waterproof nylon shell durable enough to withstand anything from...
  • HANDY FEATURES: This rain jacket features two zippered side pockets, elastic cuffs, an elastic hem, and a stow-away hood.
  • COMFORT & WARMTH: Crafted of a waterproof 100% nylon shell, this rain jacket is lightweight while remaining protective. It's the perfect layering...
  • SNUG FIT: Elastic details and a zippered closure allow for a snug, yet comfortable fit that allows for movement.
  • OMNI-SHIELD - Go ahead, try and get dirty. Omni-Shield helps you stay clean and dry by resisting the absorption of liquids.
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Columbia Women's Switchback III Adjustable Waterproof Rain Jacket, Black, Small
  • COMFORTABLE RAIN JACKET: The Columbia Women’s Switchback III Waterproof Rain Jacket is a lightweight waterproof rain coat designed to keep you...
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: This light rain jacket features our waterproof Hyrdroplus 100% nylon shell designed to keep you dry and protected in even the...
  • MODERN CLASSIC CUT: When the weather is on the edge, this is a universal rain jacket great for everyday use, with a clean feminine cut and comfortable...
  • PROTECTIVE HOOD: Pull it out or stow it back, the adjustable stow-away storm hood will keep you comfortable and dry in the midst of a downpour.
  • HANDY FEATURES: Completely waterproof, adjustable cuffs, drawcord adjustable hem, two zippered hand pockets, and the whole jacket packs down into its...
BALEAF Men's Rain Jacket Waterproof with Hooded Lightweight Packable Cycling Pullover Running Raincoat Poncho Windbreaker Black Size L
  • Lightweight waterproof material,easy to clean
  • Drawstring with adjustable hem and Elastic cuffs help to keep clothes dry. Relaxed fit
  • Two side zipper pocket and one 7-inch wide back pocket for storage, packable back pocket no need bag to pack.
  • Three reflective logos provide high visibility in low light during rains
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Fire Extinguisher

You will be putting your vehicle through extreme climates, extreme temperatures, and extreme conditions. An easily accessible fire extinguisher can save not only your life but also your vehicle.

First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Car and Marine Fire Extinguisher, White, FE10GR
  • First Alert's AUTOMAR10 Marine Fire Extinguisher is UL rated 10 B:C; it features a durable metal head and commercial grade valve and trigger
  • Designed to fight flammable liquid and electrical fires; uses sodium bicarbonate extinguishing agent
  • Metal pull pin with safety seal to help prevent accidental discharge and discourage tampering
  • Secure extinguisher mount, bracket and strap are included for secure placement of extinguisher
  • Easy instructions with a chemical resistant & water proof label with 4 step instructions won’t deteriorate
1PC Black Roll Bar 2.5 lb Fire Extinguisher Holder Bag for Jeep Wrangler Car Truck 4x4 UTV MINGLI Vehicle Extinguisher Strap Mount Bracket Strap
  • Made with Neoprene for a flexible,form fitting,resilient design
  • Industrial grade hook and loop attachment
  • Attaches to the rollbars with three straps for a secure fit
  • Designed to fit 2.5lb extinguisher
  • Package included: 1PC Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Holder
Adjustable Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Mount Holder 3 lb for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CJ YJ LJ TJ JK JKU JL JLU
  • Fire Extinguisher Mount for Jeep Wrangler CJ YJ TJ LJ JK JKU JL JLU
  • Fire Extinguisher Holder Adjustable straps, holding 3 Lbs, are easy to operate and easy to access.
  • A great way to mount and carry a fire extinguisher on your car roll bar, keeps your fire extinguisher in easy reach
  • Made to the high standard of polyester oxford, durable and reliable
  • Package insluded: 1 PC Fire extingusher Holder for Jeep CJ YJ TJ LJ JK JKU JL JLU
Adjustable Roll Bar Fire Extinguisher Mount Holder Strap 3 lb Fit for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CJ YJ LJ TJ JK JKU JL JLU (RED)
  • ➤1.Material:Make of High quality Nylon and polyester,adjustable Velcro straps.Durable and waterproof.Safe and stylish.
  • ➤2.Fitment:Fit for Jeep Wrangler JK JKU JL 2007-2018,Fit for TJ 1996-2006,Fit for LJ 2004-2006,Fit for YJ 1987-1995.
  • ➤3.Design: 3 adjustable straps and 3 velcro stick it can adjust to any size you need to hold your less 3lbs fire extinguisher.It is a great way to...
  • ➤4.Installation:No tools needed, easy to install.Quick Release Adjustable.keeps your fire extinguisher in easy reach. OR you can use it for Water...
  • ✈5.Package and service:1pcs Fire Extinguisher Mount strap.Fulfilled by Amazon.Any problem , please Email us, we will reply you within 24 hours.In...

Spare Tire

Never leave for the trails without a spare tire and make sure that spare tire is the same size as the ones on your vehicle. Make sure it’s in good shape, isn’t dry-rotted and is aired up.  Your spare tire should be in rotation with your other tires as part of your regular maintenance. While a spare tire isn’t your typical “Safety item” it’s worth repeating over and over here since it is probably the most important item you know you can rely on. While your out trail riding or rock crawling a pinched tire can get you stranded, but the spare will get you home. That is the best safety you should be able to depend on.

If you’re looking for options on tires, check out our in-depth article on choosing off road tires for your Jeep

Portable Utility Shovel

Sometimes you just need to dig something out, move some dirt or fill in some holes. Whether you’re out in the sane or up in the mountains – a simple utility shovel can save you time in everything from getting unstuck to using a tool to remove debris. Often portable shovels are convertible for picks, trowels, and shovels making them immensely useful for getting unstuck. Here are some great off road shovel and axe kits.

Rhino USA Folding Survival Shovel w/Pick - Heavy Duty Carbon Steel Military Style Entrenching Tool for Off Road, Camping, Gardening, Beach, Digging Dirt, Sand, Mud & Snow - Guaranteed for Life!
  • ▶ SUPPORT A SMALL FAMILY CO. - Buy From a Father/Son Business in California & Receive a Lifetime Warranty!
  • ▶ MILITARY STYLE E-TOOL - 2lbs of Powder Coated Carbon Steel, Tough Pickax & Sharp Rugged Saw Teeth
  • ▶ COMPACT & PORTABLE - Full 23" Long Extended but only 9" x 6" when Folded into FREE Carry Case
  • ▶ MULTI-FUNCTIONAL - Shovels = Great Garden Tools, Backpacking Gear and Metal Detector Accessories
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Red Rock Outdoor Gear Jeep Shovel
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Powder coated
  • Classic Jeep shovel design
Smittybilt 2728 Matte Black Tri-Fold Shovel R.U.T. Recovery Utility Tool
  • Compact tri-fold design for easy storage
  • 2-way multi adjustments
  • Fiber reinforced nylon handle
  • Carbon steel blade has double serrated edge that is heat treated for high strength
  • Storage bag included

Maps & Guidebooks.

Don’t make the mistake of purely relying on electronic devices. Having printed maps and quality guidebooks are essential in being prepared.  Cell phones die, Car GPS’s are often severely out of date, and sometimes you may just get stuck with no electricity and charged devices, and a guide book or map will save the day.

We love the in-depth trails guidebooks, check out our review of the Colorado Trails series books.

First Aid Kit, Bug repellent & Sunscreen.

Pretty self-explanatory, but make sure you bring one. There are lots of great ultra-portable kits that include everything from snake bite treatment to quality bandaids and common over the counter medicines. While out wheeling nothing beats having bandages, gauze and advice/aspirin as needed. If you’re way out in the southwest or desert areas – you may want snake bite kits.  Bug repellent and sunscreen will protect you from annoying sun burns and critters that light to bite and sting. If you’re driving out in the open, these essentials will be the difference between an enjoying adventure or a miserable experience that can’t end soon enough.

Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose First Aid Kit, Portable Compact First Aid Set for Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Sprains & Burns, Ideal for Home, Car, Travel and Outdoor Emergencies, 140 pieces
  • 140-piece Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose Portable and Compact Emergency First Aid Kit for use at home, in cars, outdoors, dorm rooms, camping, offices...
  • All-purpose, compact first aid kit includes essential first aid and wound care supplies like cleansing wipes, gauze pads, assorted bandages, rolled...
  • Emergency kit includes a variety of Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages in assorted sizes for minor wounds, as well as Band-Aid Brand First Aid Products...
  • Includes full size 0.5 oz Neosporin + Pain Relief topical cream to help prevent infection while relieving pain and full size 1.0 oz Extra Strength...
  • Travel first aid set also contains Tylenol Extra Strength acetaminophen caplets and a Bengay Non-Medicated Instant Cold Pack to help ease minor aches...
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First Aid Kit for Car Travel Camping Home Office Sports Survival Complete Emergency Bag Fully stocked with high Quality Medical Supplies (RED2.0)
  • 2020 UPGRADED:With valuable medical grade supplies,based on customers' feedback.The kit is optimized for a large variety of injuries and having all...
  • DURABLE & COMPACT BAG:Easy to carry,small and lightweight,yet holds all the essential emergency supplies.The first aid kit has just the right size so...
  • HIGHEST QUALITY STANDARDS:Manufactured with the finest equipment in a modern approved facility, you can be sure of a first-aid kit that will not let...
  • READY FOR WHATEVER COMES YOUR WAY: There are no warnings for earthquakes, tornadoes and other disasters,but this all-purpose kit helps you be as...
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Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ All Natural, Water Resistant, Moisturizing, Biodegradable, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Ocean Friendly Mineral Sunblock from Reef Repair 4 fl. Oz
  • REVOLUTIONARY SUN CREAM :: Moisturizing reef safe sunscreen SPF 50, waterproof for up to 80 minutes whether in the sand, sun, sea or surf. Strong...
  • CORAL REEF SAFETY :: Reef Repair sun cream is a (non nano) Zinc Oxide based reef safe sunscreen that is 100% Oxybenzone free, Octinoxate free &...
  • INGREDIENT SAFETY :: Reef Repair sunscreens are 100% Paraben free, Silicone free & Titanium Dioxide free, providing proven sun & skin safety for you...
  • NON WHITENING :: Non Sticky, Non Oily water based & biodegradable mineral sunscreen. Applies transparently with almost no rubbing and spreads evenly...
  • OTHER BENEFITS :: Our 100% natural reef safe sunscreen is a revolutionary layer of sun protection and moisturisation for new, sensitive or damaged...
Mosquito Guard Natural Repellent Spray – Made with Plant Based Essential Oils: Citronella, Geraniol, Lemongrass - 4oz Bottle, Deet Free
  • NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Our mosquito repellent spray contains natural plant-based ingredients - Citronella Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Peppermint Oil and...
  • DEET FREE — Our Mosquito Repellent spray is completely DEET FREE.
  • ENJOY THE OUTDOORS: Great for a day in the park, camping, hiking or simply just lounging in the backyard with the family.
  • PLEASANT SCENT & NON-GREASY: Non-greasy spray feels light and smells fresh on the skin.

Gloves

Gloves will save your sanity. They will save your day.  You will love yourself for having a pair of a quality mechanic or outdoor gloves on you at all times. Gloves are an essential part of your off road safety kit.

There is nothing worse than tearing your hands up trying to work on replacing a flat tire or burning your hands working on a hot engine or poking your hands trying to move around rocks. Invest in a good pair of quality gloves to keep in your vehicle at all times. I prefer the high dexterity style gloves vs. those classic heavy leather “dad gloves.”

Mechanix Wear - Original Work Gloves (X-Large, Black)
  • Thermal plastic rubber (tpr) hook and loop cuffs for easy on and off
  • Smooth surface thumb and index finger point of contact for exceptional dexterity
  • Fingertip pattern reduces seams and enhances finger tip sensitivity
DEX FIT Level 5 Cut Resistant Gloves Cru553, 3D Comfort Stretch Fit, Power Grip Foam Nitrile, Smart Touch, Durable Thin & Lightweight, Machine Washable, Grey Medium 1 Pair
  • HIGHEST CUT PROOF CE EN 388 4544 - Protect hands from cuts and punctures while handling sharp metals, knife, mandoline, blade, glass, plastic sheet,...
  • BEST COMFORTABLE - Ergonomic snug fit into all fingers. Second-skin feels. Lightweight 13-gauge cool HPPE & Spandex performs outstanding MANUAL...
  • NON-SLIP EVEN IN LIGHT OIL & UNDERWATER - Prevent the slippage on a slippery pipe and minimize hand fatigue. Convenient SMARTPHONE TOUCHSCREEN....
  • PREMIUM & STYLISH - High Elastic knit wrist cuff for easy on and off. Silicone free. Excellent at mechanics, gardening, carpentry, kitchen, plumbing,...
  • RELIABLE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - CE Qualified and met ANSI Cut standards. We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or Money Back if you are not happy...
Vgo 1-Pair Heavy-Duty Synthetic Leather Work Gloves, Impact Protection Mechanic Gloves, Rigger Gloves, High Dexterity, Vibration Reduction, Touchscreen Capable (Size L, Black, SL8849)
  • VERSATILE APPLICATIONS - Perfect for power tools, construction, motorcycling, tactical and DIY heavy-duty works that require higher protection
  • IMPACT & VIBRATION REDUCTION - 3D-structured PVC patches on the back for great impact protection; High dexterity EVA padding offering stereoscopic...
  • 180° COVERED FINGERTIPS W/3D CUTTING - 45° angle cut at the finger junctions and pre-curved fingers ensure a tailored fit with amazing flexibility,...
  • TOUCHSCREEN COMPATIBLE & SWEAT WIPING - Touchscreen capable thumb & index fingertips for smartphone control; Soft terry cloth with strong sweat...
  • Machine washable for easy cleaning & maintenance
Mechanix Wear - Original Covert Tactical Gloves (Large, Black)
  • Form-fitting Trek Dry helps keep hands cool and comfortable.
  • Flexible Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) closure provides a secure fit to the wrist.
  • Industrial grade hook and loop.Reinforced thumb and index finger improve durability
  • Intended Uses-Military, Law Enforcement, Shooting Sports, Maintenance Repair Operations

Water & Snacks

Be prepared. Bring a gallon of water for everyone on the trip. Whether you’re wheeling in the high desert or high summits, you will go through more water than you expect. You don’t want to be dehydrated and not thinking well while maneuvering and driving.  Stay hydrated and make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks on hand.

We love the hydro flask style water bottles and can’t recommend them enough.

Car Jack, Jack Plate/Piece of wood.

Your vehicle should already include a jack hopefully, or you may have invested in one that mounts on your hood and roof but don’t forget a plate or decent piece of wood to use to stabilize your jack as necessary. There is nothing worse than being stuck and needing to jack up your vehicle but having nothing stable to rely on. If you’re looking for a car jack to help get over rocks & obstacles much larger than a factory jack for swapping wheels, these are the most common ones.

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Hi-Lift Jack HL484 48" Hi-Lift Black Cast and Steel Jack
  • The Hi-Lift 48 inch cast and steel jack is constructed with a mix of cast components and four high-strength stamped steel components
  • Top winch connector clamp and powder coated finish with zinc-plated hardware standard on all jacks
  • Two piece handle and socket is durable and reliable; Operation type : Mechanical
  • Safe use information stickers, including rated load details and operating instructions, affixed to handle
  • For greater safety, all Hi-Lift jacks are equipped with a shear bolt which prevents the jack from being used on loads greater than 7000 pounds
Smittybilt 2722 Universal Trail Jack - 54"
  • Large base and adjustable connector clamp
  • Constructed of solid cast steel and finished in durable powder coat
  • All hardware is zinc plated
  • 54 inches in height with a 4660lbs rated weight capacity
  • Color: Gray/Black
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BOLT 7028648 Hi-Lift Jack Mount for Jeep Wrangler (Black Mount for Driver Side, J-Mount)
  • Opens with your vehicles ignition key eliminating extra keys on your ring. Fits all models of 1997 and newer Jeep Wranglers (TJ & JK)
  • Easy to install, bolts into existing holes. No drilling required! Your Hi-Lift Jack is held securely in place with 2 knobs. Solid steel construction
  • Auto-Return spring locks automatically when key is removed; Weatherproof
  • Stainless steel lock shutter to keep out dirt and moisture, plate tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty, NOTE: J-Mount is not compatible with Smittybilt Trail Jacks
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Hi-Lift Jack XT485 48" Hi-Lift X-TREME Jack
  • The Hi-Lift Jack X-TREME jack is our top of the line, all-cast jack that includes many special features
  • Unique gold zinc-coated winch/clamp/spreader attachment ensures the greatest rust resistance from extreme use for all the hardware
  • Two piece handle and socket is durable and reliable, One position for all winching, clamping, and spreading positions
  • Safe use information stickers, including rated load details and operating instructions, affixed to handle
  • PLEASE BE AWARE: Please make sure you are purchasing directly from AMAZON (Ships from and sold by Amazon.com). We are not responsible for orders made...
Hi-Lift Jack HL485 48" Hi-Lift Red All Cast Jack
  • Top winch connector clamp and powder coated finish with zinc-plated hardware standard on all jacks
  • Two piece handle and socket is durable and reliable
  • Safe use information stickers, including rated load details and operating instructions, affixed to handle
  • For greater safety, all Hi-Lift jacks are equipped with a shear bolt which prevents the jack from being used on loads greater than 7000 pounds
  • The Hi-Lift 48 inch all-cast jack is constructed with cast iron components for ultimate strength and durability. Hi-Lift Jacks are the only all-cast...

We hope you have a safe and sound off-roading experience. Being prepared isn’t just the motto of the boy scouts, its what keeps off roading safe and fun for everyone. Starting building out your off road safety kit today!

Have something we should add to this list? Drop us a comment below and let us know what other off road safety gear we should add!

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