Use our checklist below to prepare for any 4×4 adventure

When it’s time to hit the trail, it’s easy to forget essential items that you don’t want to be without. Take your pick of cliche about being prepared: we’ve heard them all and they all ring true.

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive off-roading checklist so that you can stock your ride with every bit and piece of gear you might need out on the trail.

The checklist is print-friendly, simply print from your browser.

To customize this list before printing, you can drag/drop to rearrange the items, and double-click to hide items from your printed checklist.

Maintenance

  • Check Engine Oil
  • Check Transmission Oil
  • Check Brake Fluid
  • Check Radiator Coolant
  • Check Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Check Fan Belts
  • Check Hoses
  • Check Air Cleaner
  • Check Seat Belts
  • Check Tire Pressure
  • Check for Tire Wear or Damage
  • Tighten Drive Shaft U-bolts
  • Check and Tighten Lug Bolts
  • Check for Frame Cracks
  • Check Brake Pads & Shoes
  • Check for Loose Nuts or Bolts
  • Check Gear Oils: Diffs/TCase
  • Check Winch & Winch Cable
  • Check Shocks

Personal Items

  • Water – 1Gal/Person/Day
  • Food – 2x trip length
  • Extra Clothes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Cleaner
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Jacket
  • Cell Phone
  • Spare Batteries
  • Prescription Medications
  • Portable Battery for Phone/GPS
  • Trash Bags
  • Maps
  • GPS
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Spare Keys
  • Bug Repellant
  • Freezer Bags

Safety Items

  • Safety Glasses
  • Leather Gloves
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Flares
  • Tarp
  • Flashlights
  • Matches / Lighter

First Aid Kit

  • Adhesive Tape
  • Antiseptic Ointment
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Bandages – Assorted Sizes
  • Blanket
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Gauze Pads and Roller Gauze
  • Hand Cleaner
  • Plastic Bags
  • Scissors and Tweezers
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Burnaid Gel
  • Snake Bite Kit
  • Disposable Emergency Blanket
  • Instant Cold Pack
  • Instant Hot Pack
  • Anti-Diarrhea Medication
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Epi Pen

Recovery Items

  • Jack and Tire Iron
  • Hilift Jack
  • Tow Straps
  • Tree Saver
  • Come-Along
  • D-Rings and Shackles
  • Shovel
  • Winch Kit
  • Pullpal
  • Bow Saw
  • Snow Tire Chains

Tools

  • Socket Set
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Allen Wrenches
  • Torx Sockets
  • Standard and Phillips Screwdrivers
  • Large Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Vice Grips
  • Channel-Lock Pliers
  • Pipe Wrenches
  • Utility Knife
  • Big Pry Bar
  • Magnet
  • Snap Ring Pliers
  • Air Pressure Gauge
  • Portable Air Pump
  • Jumper Cables
  • Zip Ties
  • Duct Tape
  • Ratchet Straps
  • Tire Deflator

Vehicle Fluids

  • Engine Oil
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Coolant or Water
  • Bearing Grease
  • WD-40
  • Starter Fluid
  • Extra Gas
  • Funnel

Spare Parts

  • Spare Axle Shafts
  • Hoses, Fuel Line
  • Spare Tire
  • Tire Repair Kits and Plugs
  • Extra Lug Nuts
  • Cotter Pins and Keys
  • Valve Stems, Valve Stem Remover
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • RTV or Hylomar HPF
  • Radiator Stop Leak
  • Spare Hub
  • Electric Fuel Pump
  • Coil / Electronic Ignition
  • Spare Universal Joints
  • Extra Spark Plug Wire
  • Spare Drive Shaft
  • Spare Points
  • Spare Fuses

Remember that off-roading is an inherently dangerous activity. To mitigate risk, it’s best to distribute these items between several vehicles. It is much safer to travel in a group; off-roading alone is never recommended.

Checklist inspired by offroadchecklist.com.