4×4 trucks and SUVs may have blazed the trail for overlanding, but a great deal of folks are heading off into the backcountry in overland-kitted vans. And this is the month we give them their much-overdue attention. With the help of our friends at Storyteller Overland, we have collected our favorite overlanding vans — and van accessories — to get you comfortably out on the trail and exploring.
If you didn’t know from our Ultimate Overland Motorcycle build, it’s Moto Month here at Overland Expo. Accordingly, in addition to the awesome — and ultimate — gear we’ll be bolting to our Africa Twin, we found a few other must-have items for all you adventure motorcyclists. As usual, they’re listed in alphabetical order.
Running gear — it’s sort of a generic catchall term. But, for us at overland expo, we see it as the essentials you need to outfit your rig to both distinguish it from the crowd and also effectively outfit it for the trail. This includes wheels, tires, suspension, and even an exhaust system.
Whether you’re wanting to combine your overland trips with your passion for mountain biking or if you’re simply shopping for a satellite vehicle to strap to your rig for shorter, two-wheeled excursions, these are the best mountain bikes and e-bikes for overlanding.
It’s almost winter and whether you’re a year-round overlander in need of some warm camping gear or if you’re simply keen to stock up on gear for those chilly mornings next spring, now is a great time to stock up on warming (i.e. life-saving) gear.
Sure, a roof rack and a fridge will make your 4×4 look and feel like an overland rig. But no overland vehicle is truly complete and ready for extended, remote travel until it’s outfitted with armor and recovery equipment.
Consider this moth’s Essentials a veritable smörgåsbord of cool overlanding gear. Plan a trip, send updated from the trail, collect solar power, and capture high-quality 4K video along the way, this list has it — and will help you — do it all.
Just as in life, energy and light are fundamental to overlanding. Our favorite products across these categories run the gamut from lighting the trail ahead or illuminating your campsite to generating your own electricity during an adventure to tech that enables you to tote auxiliary energy along on your journeys.
Tires and wheels can make or break an overlanding adventure. And, as it turns out, every overlander has a steadfast opinion on both. So, we put our heads together and picked the best tires and wheels for overlanding — for both 4x4s and for adventure motorcycles.
Storage solutions — from racks to trailers and everything in between — are as essential to overlanding as the vehicles themselves. After all, our gear makes our journeys possible. With that in mind, Overland Expo compiled its favorite overland gear storage solutions.
Few pieces of overlanding kit are essential as tents and awnings. Although both have been around virtually as long as overlanding itself, there have been lots of entrants with big breakthroughs in both segments. This makes tough to know which is best. These are Overland Expo’s favorite tents and awnings.
Having a well sorted, well stocked overlanding kitchen can make or break an adventure. Arguably, quality food preservation and preparation is the building block of any overland rig. These are our favorite fridges, coolers, and camp kitchens for overlanding.