With Thanksgiving come and gone, it’s officially the start of the Christmas shopping season. If you or someone you know is a part of the off-road community, then chances are that they’re dying to get into (or have already dove head-first into) the craze that overlanding is steadily becoming. The activity's popularity was proven at this year's SEMA show, and plenty of new overlanding gear is set to hit the market in the coming year.
In this article, we’ll break down some of the best gift ideas for the aspiring overlander in your life. Hand picked by Southern Off-Road Specialists, these gift ideas are necessary pieces of gear and must-have accessories that any overland enthusiast needs in their rig.
Winches have always been essential part to any serious off-road rig, and that extends to overlanding. While the winch itself is a powerful tool, there are accessories that will greatly enhance the capabilities of your winch. With a 20,000 lb snatch block, a recovery strap, tree trunk protector, 3/4” D-shackles, gloves and a gear bag, this Warn winching accessory kit provides all the necessary tools needed to pull yourself out of a sticky (or slippery) situation.
Another important piece of recovery gear is a high-lift jack. Jacks are necessary tools for overland expeditions with multiple uses, from changing a tire on the trail, to getting your vehicle clear of an awkward obstacle. In a pinch, they can even function as a makeshift winch. Rated at 4660 lbs, the Smittybilt Trail Jack is a perfectly capable jack for overlanding.
In case you haven't picked up on it by now, you're going to get stuck when you're overlanding. Whether it’s mud, sand or snow, overlanders must be prepared to get themselves unstuck. Enter traction recovery boards - these grooved, textured boards offer plenty of traction to get your vehicle out of any kind of terrain, especially when paired with the previous offerings on this list. Rugged Ridge's Traction Recovery Kit also includes a tri-fold shovel, making it easy for you to get the boards beneath your tires.
On days, weeks, or months long overlanding expeditions, you need one thing above all else - food and water. Overlanders need a way to store and keep food and water from spoiling. A very viable option for doing so is to include a portable fridge/freezer in your vehicle. These fridge/freezers run on 12 volt power, meaning that powering them from your vehicle is a breeze. Available in different sizes, you can chose the right size based on the length of an expedition and the amount of food you need to carry.
These Items would all make for a happy overlander come this Christmas, leaving them that much more prepared for overland adventures in 2020. If you'd like to learn more about what overlanding is, take a look at our overlanding blog and get up to speed on the phenomenon.
About Southern Off-Road Specialists
Southern Off-Road Specialists offers three distinct dealership packages, each of which features several standard features. However, each package can be custom tailored to fit a dealer’s needs. Add a bed rack, light bar, traction pads and a winch to our Valor or Anthem lift packages for an ideal overland vehicle - straight from your showroom.
To learn more about Southern Off-Road Specialists, visit our main website.