An adventure-ready vehicle is an outdoor enthusiast’s greatest treasure. With the right gear, almost any car can be turned into a get-away vehicle at a moment’s notice. If exploring the outdoors is how you love to recreate, here’s what you need in your car to make it ready for your next trip.
Use a truck or roof-top tent
If you plan to camp out from your truck, this is easily done with a truck tent specially designed to attach to the back of your truck bed. For those without trucks, you can get tents that are made to fasten to the roof of your vehicle. The best thing about truck or roof-top tents is that you’re elevated off the ground (away from dirt and insects) and it gives you a nice surface for laying out pads or an inflatable mattress.
Keep an emergency bag
If you spend a lot of time camping, hiking, biking, backpacking, or other outdoor activity, a small emergency and first aid kit should always be in your vehicle. You don’t have to be in a major emergency to find most of these items useful, and if you’re ever stranded you’ll be glad you have them:
- A lighter
- Jumper cables
- Utility rope
- Rain poncho
Whether you buy a kit or put it together yourself, you’ll be glad to have some essentials to get you through a breakdown or bad weather.
Stand alone GPS
If your travels take you where your internet signal can’t follow, it’s a good idea to have a stand-alone GPS that will guide you without an internet connection. While driving in unfamiliar places and back roads, have a navigation system showing you landmarks and street names. It will be a big time saver.
Use floor mats
Going on hikes, to the beach, or even just getting in the car after a rainy day can track in all kinds of debris into your car. Having a durable floor mat will save your car a lot of wear and tear, and make it easier to dump out dirt.
Roof rack accessories
A quality set of straps or cargo box for securing your cargo and recreation equipment is a must for anyone who uses a roof rack. Items like kayaks, snowboards and tents take up a lot of space (or simply don’t fit) inside of your vehicle. They are easily transported by utilizing your roof and tie-down straps. For extra protection from the elements and without having to deal with tarps, cargo boxes provide secure storage.
Traveling water heater
Being outdoors or in the middle of nowhere doesn’t mean you have to leave every convenience behind. Your car’s 12v socket can actually be used to heat water no matter where you go. There are numerous travel kettles available on the market to use to make hot cocoa, tea, noodles, or freeze-dried foods. It’s one of the easiest ways of guaranteeing a hot cup of coffee or a meal right from your car without having to pack much.
Wherever your next outdoor adventure takes you, be sure to be prepared before you leave.
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