Gear Essentials

Gear Essentials: Water Storage, Showers, and Sanitation
Staying clean on the trail helps you stay out longer,...
The Ultimate Overland Holiday Gift Guide 2021
The holidays are upon us, and it’s never too early...
Gear Essentials: Bumpers, Armor, and Recovery
Keeping your rig protected and prepared for recovery situations is...
Gear Essentials: Navigation, Electronics, and Radios
Knowing where you’re going, staying in communication with your group,...
Gear Essentials: Camping Gear and Emergency Preparedness
While comfort items get a lot of attention, it's important...
Gear Essentials: Tents and Awnings
At the end of the day where you rest and...
Gear Essentials: Kurgo
  Many overlanders adventure with a furry copilot, and of...
Gear Essentials: Storage, Racks, and Trailers
Whether you’re jostling your rig down a rough trail, parked...
Gear Essentials: Lighting, Energy, and Batteries
Since the invention of overlanding, auxiliary lighting and energy have...
Gear Essentials: Van Accessories — Presented by Storyteller Overland
4×4 trucks and SUVs may have blazed the trail for...
Gear Essentials: Adventure Motorcycles
If you didn’t know from our Ultimate Overland Motorcycle build,...
Gear Essentials: Vehicle Running Gear
Running gear — it’s sort of a generic catchall term....
Gear Essentials: Mountain Bikes & E-Bikes
Whether you’re wanting to combine your overland trips with your...
Gear Essentials: Camping Gear & Apparel
It’s almost winter and whether you’re a year-round overlander in...
Gear Essentials: Bumpers, Armor, Winches & Recovery
Sure, a roof rack and a fridge will make your...
Gear Essentials: Navigation, Electronics & Radios
Consider this moth’s Essentials a veritable smörgåsbord of cool overlanding...
Gear Essentials: Lighting, Energy & Batteries
Just as in life, energy and light are fundamental to...
Gear Essentials: Tires & Wheels
Tires and wheels can make or break an overlanding adventure....
Gear Essentials: Storage, Racks & Trailers
Storage solutions — from racks to trailers and everything in...
Gear Essentials: Tents & Awnings
Few pieces of overlanding kit are essential as tents and...
Gear Essentials: Fridges, Coolers & Camp Kitchens
Having a well sorted, well stocked overlanding kitchen can make...
Tacoma with a camper and awning.

Gear Essentials: Tents and Awnings

At the end of the day where you rest and relax can make or break the rest of your journey. We appreciate tents and awnings that are durable, secure, and easy to use.

Image shows a black dog relaxing on a bed in a grassy field.

Gear Essentials: Kurgo

  Many overlanders adventure with a furry copilot, and of course, we want our dog’s gear

Pelican Cargo Case on a Toyota 4Runner on a desert trail.

Gear Essentials: Storage, Racks, and Trailers

Whether you’re jostling your rig down a rough trail, parked in a sketchy area of town, or just looking to stay loaded and ready for the next trip, hauling, organizing, and securing your gear is a priority.

Gear Essentials: Lighting, Energy, and Batteries

Since the invention of overlanding, auxiliary lighting and energy have been paramount. After all, you can’t be truly self-sufficient in the backcountry for very long without either. And the market for these segments has changed dramatically in recent years. Heck, Just a decade ago, most of the products on this list didn’t exist. If they did exist, they weren’t half as powerful or robust as the products we enjoy today.

Gear Essentials: Van Accessories — Presented by Storyteller Overland

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.

Gear Essentials: Adventure Motorcycles

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.

Gear Essentials: Vehicle Running Gear

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.

Gear Essentials: Mountain Bikes & E-Bikes

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.

Gear Essentials: Camping Gear & Apparel

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.

Gear Essentials: Bumpers, Armor, Winches & Recovery

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.

Gear Essentials: Navigation, Electronics & Radios

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.

Gear Essentials: Lighting, Energy & Batteries

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.

Gear Essentials: Tires & Wheels

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.

Gear Essentials: Storage, Racks & Trailers

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.

Gear Essentials: Tents & Awnings

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.

Gear Essentials: Fridges, Coolers & Camp Kitchens

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.

Photo by Brett Willhelm

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