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.

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While under the instruction of our experienced guides, you will join us on some of the best trails in San Diego and beyond. We will navigate high, steep climbs and heart-pounding descents, while taking in some of the most beautiful country around, all with the feeling of confidence and safety.

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