11 off road essentials – Off road safety kit

| Last Updated: February 23, 2022

If you’re like me, you want to hop in the Jeep, head to the mountains, and think 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 come up while on the trails and exploring overland.

In addition to these off-road essentials, we recommend that you check out our off-road driving tips. The combination of situational awareness, safety and preparation will help you have an amazing time out on the trails no matter what mother nature throws at you.

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:

GPS Tracker

I know and love using Gaia GPS Tracker on my iPhone and Android Tablet. It’s an affordable GPS tracking app that has downloadable maps and already contains many of the off-road maps and routes I’ve used – whether I’m visiting Hidden Falls Adventure off road park or driving across one of my favorite places in the world – The amazing trails of Southern Colorado – a GPS Tracker and Mapper is recommended.

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 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.

I use flashlights all the time – from trying to inspect the under carriage of my Jeep or dig around in my Jeep Tent Trailer and look for supplies.

MagLite - ST3D016 Maglite LED 3-Cell D Flashlight, Black
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GearLight LED Flashlight Pack -2 Bright, Zoomable Tactical Flashlights with High Lumens and 5 Modes for Emergency and Outdoor Use -Camping Accessories -S1000
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EverBrite Ultra Bright Tactical Flashlight, 900 Lumen Zoomable Adjustable Focus, 3 Light Modes, Heavy-duty Aluminum Torch for Hurricane Supplies Camping, Includes 3C Alkaline Batteries
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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 a hood. I prefer the Marmot rain jacket since it is breathable, it keeps me dry, is lightweight and comfortable.

Raingear is an absolute off road essential if you are driving without doors or a top. While out on the trails, you want to be able to enjoy the beauty, scenery and focus on driving vs concerning yourself with staying warm, dry, and comfortable.

There is nothing worse than being soaked and freezing because you were caught unprepared on a mountain pass.

Marmot Men’s PreCip Jacket | Lightweight, Waterproof, Team Red, Small
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  • Comfort In Any Condition - An attached adjustable hood and DriClime-lined chin guard enable the wearer to feel less clammy and more comfortable over a...
  • Innovating To Improve The Human Experience - Marmot strives to deliver best-in-class comfort, protection and ease of use on every product. The PreCip...
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Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Lined Rain Jacket, Waterproof & Breathable, black, Large
  • 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 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...
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BALEAF Men's Light Running Hiking Rain Jacket Waterproof with Hood Windbreaker Pullover Coats Hoodie Packable Black Size L
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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.

Make sure that your fire extinguisher is easily accessible and isn’t expired. Going low and slow in 4wd can crank up the heat on off road engines and a fire extinguisher is a must have off road essential.

Fire extinguishers do have a life span so it’s important to replace them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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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
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  • 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 Compatible with Jeep Wrangler Car Truck 4x4 UTV 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 4XE,(Black, Without Pattern)
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  • Lighting Fast, No Tool Installation: This fire extinguisher mount lets you install your extinguisher onto a Wrangler roll cage in just 60 seconds with...
  • Looks Cool & Is Very Easy To Install: You can put this mount wherever you want on your Jeep Wrangler roll bar or roll cage; It will hold a standard...
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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 undamaged 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 the most important item you know you can rely on. While you’re 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

On my Jeep, I always rotate my fifth wheel spare tire with every tire rotation. It’s the best way to make sure even wear and more importantly – reduce the chance of dry rot that often happens with people who have a tire they never rotate in and will fail them on first use.

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.

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 guidebook or map will save the day.

Even though I recommend a digital Map/GPS Device, it’s important you always have a physical backup. No matter how much I try and plan ahead – perhaps the route I ended up taking took me beyond my downloaded maps or my phone got wet and died or my charging cable broke – I can’t rely 100% on an electronic device. Physical maps and guidebooks are necessary.

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 Band-Aids and common over the counter medicines. While out wheeling nothing beats having bandages, gauze and advice/aspirin as needed. If you’re out in the southwest or desert areas – you may want snake bite kits.  Bug repellent and sunscreen will protect you from annoying sunburns and critters that light to bite and sting. If you’re driving out in the open, these essentials will be the difference between an enjoyable adventure or a miserable experience that can’t end soon enough.

Band-Aid Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose Portable Compact First Aid Kit for Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Sprains & Burns, Ideal for Home, Car, Travel and Outdoor Emergencies, 140 Count
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  • 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 plus 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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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
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Gloves

Gloves will save your sanity. They will save your day.  You will love yourself for always having a pair of quality mechanics or outdoor gloves on you. 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.”

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Mechanix Wear: The Original Work Glove with Secure Fit, Synthetic Leather Performance Gloves for Multi-purpose Use, Durable, Touchscreen Capable Safety Gloves for Men (Black, X-Large)
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  • TOUCHSCREEN GLOVES – The perfect blend of dexterity and durability with touch-screen glove capabilities, these gloves can be used for smart phones,...
  • BREATHABLE – Reduce blisters from repetitive tasks with evaporative cooling TrekDry material that forms to the back of your hand and stays...
  • ADDED DURABILITY – The durable thumb and index finger are reinforced to outlast basic gloves in high wear areas, making this utility glove the...
  • SECURE FIT – Prevent gloves from slipping off while keeping out dirt and debris with these secure fit gloves, equipped with an adjustable...
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  • NON-SLIP EVEN IN LIGHT OIL & UNDERWATER - Prevents the slippage on a pipe or hard materials and minimizes hand fatigue. Convenient SMARTPHONE...
  • PREMIUM & STYLISH - Easy on and easy off thanks to the high elastic knit wrist cuff. Silicone free. Excellent for mechanics, gardening, carpentry,...
  • RELIABLE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - CE Qualified and met ANSI Cut standards
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  • 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
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Mechanix Wear: The Original Covert Tactical Work Gloves with Secure Fit, Flexible Grip for Multi-purpose Use, Durable Touchscreen Safety Gloves for Men (Black, Large)
  • MADE FOR WORKING HANDS – Rugged .8mm synthetic leather gloves for hard-working individuals. Great as tactical gloves, safety work gloves, mechanic...
  • TOUCHSCREEN GLOVES – The perfect blend of dexterity and durability, these can be used for smart phones, tablets, and any capacitive touch-screen...
  • BREATHABLE – Reduce blisters from repetitive tasks with evaporative cooling TrekDry material that forms to the back of your hand and stays...
  • ADDED DURABILITY – Thumb and index finger are reinforced to last longer than basic gloves in high wear areas. Tactical carrier loops allow for...
  • SECURE FIT – Prevent gloves from slipping off and keep out dirt and debris with these secure fit gloves thanks to the TPR Thermoplastic Rubber wrist...

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 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 “hi jacks” are the most common ones. For off roading, your standard vehicle jack may not provide enough lift to swap tires or repair a flat.

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 54 Trail Jack - 2722"
  • 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
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
  • 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

We hope you have a safe off-roading experience. Being prepared isn’t just the motto of the boy scouts, its what keeps off roading safe and fun for everyone. Started 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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