Jeepers know that one of the best things about owning a Jeep vehicle is the ability to travel off the beaten path – especially when it’s in a Jeep Wrangler. As one of the best off-road vehicles on the market, the Wrangler is a perfect choice for overlanding. What’s overlanding? Well, it’s a more extreme version of off-road travel that’s comparable to backpacking, but in style with a Jeep!
When adventurous wanderers take a Wrangler overlanding they likely take it somewhere that’s extremely off-trail. Some travelers spend weeks, months, or even years on their overlanding trips, however, this is not recommended for people who have never overlanded before. Overlanding trips should not be blindly attempted by any stock Jeep owners as even the most equipped vehicle can accidentally miss an overlanding essential. To help Jeepers avoid an emergency out in the wilderness we’ve broken down all the overlanding essentials – both for the Jeeper and for the actual Jeep.
Adventure enthusiasts often shy away from fully equipping their vehicles because of the perceived costs, but what they don’t know is that it’s possible to create a great overlanding vehicle without breaking the bank. Sure, some costs have to go into it, but experience is nearly as important as parts. Drivers can make all types of investments equipping their Jeep, but if they don’t understand how to drive it when going off-road or don’t know how their Jeep works, they’ll likely end up stuck and miserable
One of the most important factors when it comes to overlanding is the engine’s durability, closely followed by horsepower and torque. Even short overlanding trips have the ability to drain a vehicle, thus durability is always going to be important. Horsepower and torque can make a world of a difference when traversing through rough terrain. Luckily for Jeepers, the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 on the all-new JL Generation Wrangler is capable of generating 285 horsepower and up to 260 lb-ft of torque. Those looking to upgrade can opt for a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, while an option with much more torque – a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 – is in the works.
Other Overlanding essentials include:
- Rock sliders
- Suspension lifts
- Larger tires (for varying terrain)
- Reliable Axles
Supplies are subjective and depend entirely on the needs and preferences of the travelers, however, there are a couple of common items that are must haves. It’s pretty basic, but overlanders will need plenty of food and drink options, and some rudimentary idea for lodging – whether it be in the vehicle or in a town nearby. It’s best to have more than enough supplies and backup plans in case of emergency. Travelers should also plan to take both traditional maps as well as a GPS navigation system; walkie talkies or ham radios are also suggested for those that are traveling in a group to maintain communication.
Additional Overlanding Essentials include:
- Shovels and axes
- Tire repair kits
- Hi-lift jacks
- Portable air compressors
- Jerry cans for additional fuel
- Jeep tent
- Roof racks and storage
- Water containers
Experience the latest JL Wrangler here at Miami Lakes Jeep by scheduling your test drive today! If you’ve got questions or have previously been overlanding in a Jeep Wrangler then we’d love for you to reach out to us via Miami Lakes social media.