Your Off-Roading Checklist

Whether you’re heading out of state, or looking to kick up some dirt around Wheeling, you have to be prepared before heading off-road. Not only do you need the right vehicle, like the 2018 Land Rover Discovery, but you also need to have the right tools for the task. Before you pick a day to dedicate to some off-roading fun, read through our list of must have tools and items to make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Let’s take a look a what kind of things you need for a great day off-road.

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Vehicle Needs

  • Tires: The proper tires can make a huge difference over certain terrain. There are different tires for sand, rock, mud, and so on. Speak to an expert and make sure you’re good to go.
  • Straps: Whether you opt for the more dynamic snap straps or a basic tow strap, you need to have something to help pull you out of a sticky situation.
  • MaxTrax: These helpful nylon boards slide under your tires, allowing you to regain traction when you’re stuck. They also double as makeshift shovels, helping you dig your vehicle out or making a pit for a nice, cozy fire.
  • Suspension: If you’re lifting the body of your vehicle or just looking to have a smooth, safe ride, make sure to account for a solid suspension. Your shock absorbers and suspension systems take a beating off-road.
  • Snorkel: If you plan on dipping the nose of your vehicle under water, make sure to equip it with a snorkel. Water can enter your engine through the air intake otherwise, possibly causing serious damage.

Personal Items

  • First-Aid Kit: You absolutely need to be prepared for anything when off-roading, so a simple first-aid kit is essential to have in your vehicle.
  • Plenty of Food and Water: This probably goes without saying, but don’t leave the house empty handed. Bring more food and water than you think you need.
  • Glass Breaker and Seatbelt Cutting Tool: Should you find yourself in a bad situation, you need to be able to get out safely. Bring tools to both cut seatbelts and break glass to help you out of any trouble.
  • Fire Extinguisher: You don’t want a small problem to turn into something bigger, so bring an extinguisher to halt any flames that may pop up.
  • Map: We all like adventure, but it’s nice to have the peace of mind that you’re not lost. Find an off-road specific map for the area, and keep it in your vehicle at all times.
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Repair Tools

  • Tire Repair Kit: These inexpensive kits can easily get you back on the trail after tire problems.
  • Work Gloves: If you do need to perform some work, it won’t be clean. A good, solid pair of work gloves will protect your hands from harm.
  • Tools: A basic set of tools will go a long way when off-roading. Make sure you have the essentials like ratchet sets and wrenches before heading out.
  • Light: Things don’t always work out the way you plan, and you might need to work at night. Bring a sturdy work light just in case.
  • Jump Starter: Even if you’re heading out with a group, bring a jump starter. You can find some that work without the assistance of a second vehicle in case you’re going off on your own.

There are a lot of off-roading necessities, as well as plenty of helpful tools that will make your trip easier. Other things to consider are a hatchet or saw for clearing debris and an air compressor for lowering your tire pressure to gain better traction. Make sure to ask our experience team next time you’re in Charleston!


Start Your Next Adventure at Land Rover Charleston!

We have excellent off-road vehicles in our new vehicle inventory, and some great choices through our CPO offerings. If you’re getting the itch to venture off the beaten path in Parkersburg, make Land Rover Charleston the place you visit before heading out. We’ll take care of everything you need and get you ready for a great adventure! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, or get local recommendations like the best scenic drives in West Virginia!

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Land Rover Charleston
Land Rover Charleston
5 Dudley Farms Lane
Charleston, WV, 25309 United States
(304) 746-0500
Land Rover Charleston 38.3260408, -81.7135297.