People who are new to Jeep trail riding often put themselves into dangerous situations because they don’t have the right equipment. So below we are going to give you a list of things that are must haves if you are taking a solo trip or riding with some buds. Keep in mind while trail riding is fun as all get out it is important to do it safely and sanely.
A few of the most important items seem like no-brainers, but you would be surprised at how unprepared some people are. Even though we aren’t all boy scouts it is important to always be prepared. Oddly enough, one of those things is a properly function parking brake. This will help keep your Jeep stable while sitting on a steep incline or decline. This is very important if you are riding with other Jeep lovers.
Other must have items include: a tow strap that can handle at least 20,000 pounds, a jack that is big enough to change the tires of your beloved Jeep, recovery hooks or d-rings on both the front and back of your vehicle, a working fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery hold down, and (this may seem very obvious) WORKING seat belts.
Seriously, working seat belts are very, very important. In fact many of the Jeep owners who go trail riding a lot have harness belts installed. This is even more important if you ride around in a Jeep without doors or tops.
Other things that are important, but not required include a CB radio, emergency contact information in a place where it can easily be seen, and a small first aid kit. The CB radio is important if you are going out on a solo excursion because many of the best trails don’t get cell service. This will give you something to communicate with in case you have a breakdown or get stuck. CBs are also great if you join a local Jeep group because this way you can all communicate while deep in the heart of nowhere.
It is also recommended that you only go deep trail riding if you have a 4×4 Jeep. While it is tempting to go out with a 2×4 it really is not all that safe. We all want to view our beloved Jeep as the toughest, coolest thing on the planet, but the fact is that 2x4s are not meant for serious trail riding.
Now that you have your list and checked it twice it is time to equip your Jeep and find a local group to go riding with.