Beyond the Basic


What goes beyond the basic checklist are items that depend on many factors. Factors like what form of expedition you will be doing, your driving style, the terrain you will encounter, how much room you have for packing gear, how remote you will be travelling, how long you will be gone as well as many other factors you should consider.

However three primary things you should gear up for are Safety and Survival, Vehicle Recovery and Vehicle Breakage.

Vehicle Recovery Items

Recovery Items

# Hi-lift Jack
# Tow straps - 2 or more, 2 inch width or wider, 10m or longer
# Bark Protector strap
# D Shackles
# Shovel
# Winch or Tirfor
# Axe, bow saw or quality wood saw


Tools Checklist

Basic Tools

Basic tools are the versatile, essential tool sets that consist of a variety of sizes and combinations of commonly used tools such as socket sets, wrench sets, Allen wrenches and screw drivers. Your tool sets should cover the variety of sizes found in your vehicle. When it comes to socket sets and wrenches, it's sometimes wise to carry standard and metric socket since sometimes there are a mix of both standard and metric on some vehicles not to mention helping a fellow off roader!

# Complete Socket Set with SAE (standard) and Metric with 3/8" and 1/2" drives.
# Allen Keys
# Standard & Phillips screwdrivers, large, medium, small

Versatile Tools
# Large Hammer
# Pliers (various sizes)
# Long Nose Pliers
# Vice Grips, various sizes
# Pipe wrench
# Utility knife
# A Crowe pry bar

Specialty Tools
# Snap ring pliers
# Air Pressure Gauge
# Portable air compressor
# Jumper cables

Additional Items
# Duct Tape
# Bailing wire
# Bungee cords, several in multiple sizes - good for securing gear, temporary repairs, etc.
# Rope lengths
# Super glue
# Epoxy
# Cable Ties
# Rags
# Leather Gloves
# Hack saw and spare blades
# Selection of hand files
# Small grease gun

For the Vehicle

Fluids
# Engine Oil
# Brake Fluid
# Power steering fluid
# Automatic transmission fluid
# Coolant and Water
# Bearing Grease
# Silicone spray (Q20 / WD40)
# Extra fuel
# Funnel, siphon hose

Spare Parts / Repair Items
# Extra Fan / serpentine belts
# Hoses, fuel line, coolant hoses
# Spare Tyre
# Tyre repair kits, plugs
# Valve stems and Valve key
# Nuts & bolts assorted standard and metric sizes
# Gasket Silicone/ Gasket paper
# Radiator stop leak
# Coil / electronic ignition (if applicable)
# Spare Universal Joints (U-joints for drive shaft & axles)
# Spare Drive Shaft (rear and front)
# Extra spark plug wire (size of longest wire)
# Spare points and condenser (if applicable)
# Distributor cap and rotor (if applicable)

Electronics Repair Kit
# Volt meter (multi meter)
# Wire cutters / wire crimper / wire strippers (multi-tool)
# Spare fuses of all sizes and types used in your vehicle
# Electrical tape
# Spare wire - lengths of various gauges
# Spare switches
# Spare relay if you use relays
# Crimp on terminals (male and female, various gauges)
# Small pocket sized needle point blow torch (handy for soldering wire)
# Flux core solder for repairs
# Wiring Diagram of your vehicle