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Taking care of the wilderness is a hot topic these days, with more people than ever before taking to the backcountry than ever before. As overlanders, we have a separate set of responsibilities. As soon as you bring a motor into the mix, the potential to cause problems, impact the land, and reduce recreation opportunities increases exponentially.
The most useful tool you carry with you on an overland journey isn’t recovery gear, first aid, or even cooking equipment. It is a well-cared for knife. A good knife can cut rope, shave kindling, split firewood, and depending on quality – can still be sharp enough to prep your meals, and cut your juicy steak at dinner time.
We’ve covered how to Overland in a Two-Wheel Drive Vehicle and What to Bring Overlanding, but what exactly is an overlanding vehicle? In the simplest of terms, an overlanding vehicle is the main tool that you use to find adventure and make memories along the way. It carries you throughout your journey and gets you to your destination.
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.
“Where should I go overlanding?” As you might expect, this is always a difficult question to answer. I don’t often know what vehicle the person drives, how comfortable they are with being uncomfortable, whether they know how to drive responsibly in the backcountry, and how much experience (or lack of) they have. That said, there’s a ton of adventure to be had for all skill levels, so jump in and get moving!
Of course, drinking and driving don’t mix (not even a little bit), but drinking after driving can be one of the best parts of overlanding. Here are a few tips and some fun recipes to take your après overlanding beer scene to the next level.
We as overlanders often push the limits with what we bring with us on trips. Do we really need the full hot-water shower setup, the slide out kitchen – complete with a propane-powered oven, or the drip coffee maker? My answer is, “probably not”, but if it makes your trip more enjoyable, and doesn’t weigh down your vehicle too much, then more power to you!
Staff writer and accomplished two-wheel-drive traveler (Camry driver and motorcycle rider), Azure O’Neil, discusses how to overland with a two-wheel-drive vehicle.
Whether you have your sights set on a long weekend or a transcontinental journey, adventure motorcycling is one of the best ways to explore the backcountry and see the world. With a few skills and a handful of essential gear, you can be out exploring on two wheels and having the adventure of a lifetime.
If there’s one question I hear more than any other when I’m talking to someone new to the overland lifestyle, it is this one; “Where can I go overlanding?”
My answer depends on how prepared you are and how much you already know.
Based on her experiences overlanding through 31 counties on four continents, by both two and four wheels, Overland Expo’s Azure O’Neil answers the question: “Is overlanding dangerous?”
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.
There’s nothing like getting completely off the grid, away from the worries of the big city, and far away from a buzzing cell phone and social media notifications. Overland travel gives you the means to slow down and relax while enjoying your favorite outdoor sports and activities away from the crowds.
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.
There is no “right way” to start overlanding, but in this article, we share stories, recommendations and hard-earned tips from long-time overlanders to provide the beginner overland traveler with a few smart places to begin.
Overland travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Overlanding is accessible to everyone, not just those who have the cash to outfit their vehicles. Save your money by only modifying your vehicle if you really need it. Use your saved money so you can see and do more when you’re on the road.
After riding her motorcycle 75,000+ miles through 31 countries, Overland Expo’s Azure O’Neil shares her favorite tips, tricks and hacks to make getting around the world without a refrigerator a nutritious and delicious experience.
Few things are as rewarding as overlanding, getting deep into the backcountry, and discovering new landscapes for days and weeks on end. Unfortunately, getting way out there means carrying enough fuel to get from point A to point B (and back) safely. Knowing how much fuel to bring with you and how to store it is something every overlander — regardless of experience — needs to consider.
Overlanding has taken on a variety of different meanings in recent years, but it’s so much more than a cliche buzzword. Overlanding is self-sufficient vehicle travel where the journey is the goal and, just FYI, you already have what it takes to get started.
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.
You’re thinking about overlanding — and overlanding with a Jeep. This is a great start. Now the hard part starts: Deciding which Jeep is best for overlanding. We have some recommendations that might help you steer toward the best overlanding Jeep for you.
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.
In Sean Michael’s video, Solar Power For Every Overlander, learn how to harness the sun’s power to charge your devices and power your basecamp on an overlanding adventure.