How-to: Go to the Bathroom When Overlanding

Using the bathroom when overlanding can be a real challenge. When nature calls, and you need to use the bathroom on the trail, be prepared with the best practices and gear to poop outside — the correct way.

Knives and sharpener

How to Sharpen a Knife

No matter the knife that you choose to carry, it’s important to keep it sharp. Not only will it perform well when you need it most, but a sharp knife is significantly safer than a dull one.

Toyota Landcruiser driving down a dirt road in Carrizo Plain National Monument

How to Find Overland Trails

As a long-time explorer of National Forest fire roads, I’m old enough to remember when the only way to find a 4×4 trail was to check out a DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer, call up a ranger station and ask for advice, get some beta from one of the locals while getting supplies, or simply finding a cool looking road and exploring. Somehow, I managed to find some pretty incredible and untouched places to get into the backcountry without the use of electronics.

How to Overland Without a Refrigerator

While most social media and print ads in the overland market have convinced you that you need a 12V fridge/freezer for successful vehicle-powered adventures, it is simply not the case. 

Potjie cooking over and open fire.

How to Cook Over an Open Fire

Cooking over an open fire is not a new technique by any means. Our ancestors in the Paleolithic era threw hunks of meat onto open flame up to two million years before contemporary humans learned how to grill a perfect steak.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Camping How to Pack for ADV Riding

How To Pack Your Adventure Motorcycle

Packing for adventure motorcycling can be an exercise in minimalism, but if you dial in the basics, you’ll be camping in comfort in no time. Like all things overlanding, you’ll develop your own systems with practice and experience— here are a few tips to get you started.

How Much Water Do You Need for Overlanding?

The single most important thing you need to consider on an overland trip is water. But knowing exactly how much water to bring on an overland journey isn’t always easy — especially if you’re new to overlanding. In this article, we examine exactly how much water to bring for overland journeys as well as tools to make toting large quantities of water on the trail easier.

How To: Basic Winching Techniques

Sometimes exploring the backcountry means that you’ll get stuck, requiring the use of a winch to extract yourself. Learn some basic winching techniques to help you get out of any situation.

How-to: Increase Traction Off-Road

Overlanders looking for a simple way to improve off-road ride quality and performance automatically look to expensive bypass shock absorbers, lift kits to fit bigger tires, aftermarket coils, and burly leaf springs. But the answer they seek might be as simple as airing down on the trail.

Top view of the solar panels on the 2022 Overland Expo Ultimate Overland Vehicle.

How-to: Solar Power Your Overland Journey

Getting out into the backcountry with your overland vehicle for a few days or a few weeks is the perfect way to recharge your internal batteries and give you a new outlook on life. But the question we often get is, “How do you recharge your physical batteries while you’re in the wilderness?”

How-to: Afford Overlanding

Overland travel can be very expensive but most overland travelers are able to visit the far reaches of the planet by vehicle with modest incomes, small savings accounts, or web-based jobs.

Is Overlanding Expensive?

When scrolling through social media, it’s easy to get the impression that in order to have a true overland adventure, you need a brand-new rig loaded down with all of the latest gear, and you have to take a trip to some far-flung exotic location for months at a time.

cold beer by the campfire

How-to: Upgrade Your Overland Beer Game

Drinking before driving is a terrible idea, but cold beer after overlanding can be awesome. Here are some tips and recipes for your campsite cooler to make backcountry beer taste even better.

Overland Expo's 2022 Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build

How-to: Overland in a Full-Size Truck

Thinking about purchasing a full-size rig for your overland travels? Here are a few things to think about before you begin that build.

How-to: Go From Pavement to Dirt on an Adventure Moto

Riding safely in the dirt and other low-traction environments on a bike like the Ténéré 700 — or any off-road motorcycle — is all about balance, fine braking control and speed control.

Camper trailer and people near a canyon.

How to: Leave No Trace for Overlanders

We hope that all of our readers, and of course everyone else that recreates in the wilderness, will strive to minimize their impact and, better yet, leave it better than they found it.

Subaru in the desert

How-to: Overland in a Subaru

Subarus are capable, comfortable, and wildly popular, especially amongst the outdoorsy crowd. With a lineup of great vehicles, Subaru offers something for everyone, and several models make great adventure rigs with just a few additional accessories.

Suzuki Samurai in mud

How-to: Overlanding without a Winch

Winches are great tools for overland travel, but do you need a winch for overlanding? If you are missing a winch, you shouldn’t let that stop you from hitting the trail. With the right accessories and training, an overland adventure can be successful without installing a winch.

Adventure Motorcycle riding in Baja Mexico

What Is Adventure Riding?

Adventure riding is self-reliant motorcycling, where the journey is the goal. Whether you’re out for a weekend or a month, here are a few tips to get you going.

Camping on the edge of the canyon

How-to: Plan an Overlanding Trip

Planning a trip is the first step to getting out there to have the adventure of your dreams. Here are a few tips to take you from map to trail in no time flat.

Vanagon VW Volkswagen driving down the paved highway in Baja van life overlanding

How to: Start Overlanding

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably come across the term “overlanding.” You may have heard an acquaintance use it to describe their weekend getaway, or you might have come across it on social media. In all reality, overlanding means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. 

Photo by Brett Willhelm


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