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What to bring on a day trip

My wife and I are going to do some day trips and are new to off roading. I have a Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude Diesel 4x4. No winch or tow hooks. We will be doing easy to moderate duty four wheeling and was wondering what we should bring with us. Thanks for the help.

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My wife and I are going to do some day trips and are new to off roading. I have a Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude Diesel 4x4. No winch or tow hooks. We will be doing easy to moderate duty four wheeling and was wondering what we should bring with us. Thanks for the help.
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My wife and I are going to do some day trips and are new to off roading. I have a Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude Diesel 4x4. No winch or tow hooks. We will be doing easy to moderate duty four wheeling and was wondering what we should bring with us. Thanks for the help.
This is what you need to bring: Tow Hooks; D Ring and Shackle; Tow Rope, friends, Water, snacks, radios, electronic or paper map with portable GPS (phone is OK as long as you have spare battery and redundancy), first aid kit, flashlight, 12 gauge, 9mm, satellite phone, fire extinguisher, spare tire with an emergency flat fix, tire pressure gauge; portable 12V inflator etc.

It all depends on where you are off-roading: remote Colorado plateaus or OHV playground an hour away from a mega-city, whether the trails are well known and well travelled (e.g. around Sedona AZ) or desolate and rough. But the lack of tow hooks, rope, and D-ring and receiver is a major limitation that you have to overcome. If things go bad, it will be a difficult and expensive recovery process regardless of where you are off-roading.
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This is what you need to bring: Tow Hooks; D Ring and Shackle; Tow Rope, friends, Water, snacks, radios, electronic or paper map with portable GPS (phone is OK as long as you have spare battery and redundancy), first aid kit, flashlight, 12 gauge, 9mm, satellite phone, fire extinguisher, spare tire with an emergency flat fix, tire pressure gauge; portable 12V inflator etc.

It all depends on where you are off-roading: remote Colorado plateaus or OHV playground an hour away from a mega-city, whether the trails are well known and well travelled (e.g. around Sedona AZ) or desolate and rough. But the lack of tow hooks, rope, and D-ring and receiver is a major limitation that you have to overcome. If things go bad, it will be a difficult and expensive recovery process regardless of where you are off-roading.
HA-HA, All that for a easy to moderate day trip. I'd like to see what you bring for a over nighter.
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HA-HA, All that for a easy to moderate day trip. I'd like to see what you bring for a over nighter.

Change out the sat phone for a ham radio, the 9mm for a 45 and and drop the shotgun and all those items plus are in all my vehicles at all times. 45 is on my person never left in vehicle. Every trip STARTS as an easy to moderate day trip.The way and when it ends depends on how prepared you are.


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Change out the sat phone for a ham radio, the 9mm for a 45 and and drop the shotgun and all those items plus are in all my vehicles at all times. 45 is on my person never left in vehicle. Every trip STARTS as an easy to moderate day trip.The way and when it ends depends on how prepared you are.


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Iv'e got the CB's. Prefer the over and under shot gun slugs of course. I will start getting some things together so I'm somewhat prepared.
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Iv'e got the CB's. Prefer the over and under shot gun slugs of course. I will start getting some things together so I'm somewhat prepared.

CB or FRS are good for vehicle to vehicle comms on the same trail. A good VHF/UHF amateur radio will reach out for help when you don't have cell service.


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Re: What to bring on a day trip

Moderate? Most of what I see as moderate can be done pretty easily. You don't really need much. Front row hooks would be nice, but a receiver hitch D ring would definitely be recommended.
Trench shovel
Wood block (your Jack will sink in dirt if you have to change a tire )
Tire plug kit
12v air compressor
Tow strap
CB if your phone won't work
Toilet paper
2 gallons of water. Just in case.
That's it really.
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HA-HA, All that for a easy to moderate day trip. I'd like to see what you bring for a over nighter.
Well for anything overnight, in addition to any sleeping accommodations, I would probably bring tools to cut wood, start a fire, boil water, etc.

As you see, most of us tend to be self reliant. I was kidding with the sat phone and the 12 gauge but not about the rest. There's not a whole lot that you can replace with a basic tool set on the Jeep but maybe one would have to reset the ECU or change a belt. That's why I didn't include a basic tool box - but it doesn't mean that I do not carry one.

A shovel is a great addition. I also forgot to mention MAXTRAX or TRED or similar traction devices. I have 4 TREDs and I actually keep two in the Jeep all winter (and 2 in the Subaru) but if I am to go on a trip in winter with either car (or off-roading) all 4 TREDs come along in the vehicle. They can be used as shovels for sand and snow.

Don't over-prepare simply because some of us tend to bring the whole garage along. You know where you're going and that will dictate what you bring along. Be familiar with the vehicle's 4WD settings, Hill Ascent and Descent Controls and how to remove the lower section of your front bumper beforehand.
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Well for anything overnight, in addition to any sleeping accommodations, I would probably bring tools to cut wood, start a fire, boil water, etc.

As you see, most of us tend to be self reliant. I was kidding with the sat phone and the 12 gauge but not about the rest. There's not a whole lot that you can replace with a basic tool set on the Jeep but maybe one would have to reset the ECU or change a belt. That's why I didn't include a basic tool box - but it doesn't mean that I do not carry one.

A shovel is a great addition. I also forgot to mention MAXTRAX or TRED or similar traction devices. I have 4 TREDs and I actually keep two in the Jeep all winter (and 2 in the Subaru) but if I am to go on a trip in winter with either car (or off-roading) all 4 TREDs come along in the vehicle. They can be used as shovels for sand and snow.

Don't over-prepare simply because some of us tend to bring the whole garage along. You know where you're going and that will dictate what you bring along. Be familiar with the vehicle's 4WD settings, Hill Ascent and Descent Controls and how to remove the lower section of your front bumper beforehand.
Thanks for all of the great info and the Attachment was great information. The trails in Northern Cal that we would be going on are dirt,gravel and some small rock. Maybe a rut or 2 and some small water.
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Re: What to bring on a day trip

Don't forget a first aid kit! And the knowledge to use it properly.
But definitely should have tow hooks and Receiver D ring, recovery without those will be expensive and likely damage your vehicle.
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