An Adventurer’s Muddy Checklist
It’s no secret that Manitobans love off-roading! Off-roading is about experiencing nature with your vehicle, but in order to do it right, you must be prepared.
We spoke with our CROWN off-roading specialist Matt Salaam about what he thinks every off-roader needs to have to be prepared.
You must take care of yourself before you take care of others, which is why the first step to having a good off-roading experience is taking care of yourself. Here’s what you need before you go on an adventure:
- First Aid Kit Do not leave home without a first aid kit. Anything can happen when off-roading and you never know when you’ll need a Band-Aid!
- A Map Bringing a physical map may seem outdated, but you may not always have service in the areas you are travelling to. Make note of where you want to go, major landmarks, and if you are going with others, a clear meeting spot. Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
- Cell Phone and Battery Pack Using your data will drain your phone’s battery. If you are planning on using your phone for most of the trip you will need a way to charge it. An extra battery pack will make sure your phone is fully charged. Keep in mind that there may not always be cell phone reception when you go off-roading.
- A Good Pair of Boots Anything can happen off-roading. That’s why you need a tall pair of rubber boots. An old pair of sneakers will be no help if you need to push your truck out of the mud.
- Snacks! Everyone’s favourite part of any road trip is the snacks. Bring enough to last you a couple of days with plenty of water just in case you are out longer than expected.
Tools for the Truck (or SUV)
- Recovery Gear Recovery Gear is a kit that includes recovery ropes, shackles, and much more. You can purchase them as kits or create your own. Include a basic toolkit with your recovery gear. A winch with proper recovery points will make your experience much smoother if you have the means to install it on your vehicle.
- Extra Fuel Off-Roading takes more fuel than you think! Always keep a jerry can or two on hand to fuel up.
- Snorkel Not only used for scuba diving, but this tool is also a must-have for off-roaders in the spring. Driving through water are no fun if you are worried about flooding your engine. This is also beneficial while driving through Winnipeg in pothole season.
- Traction Boards Use this as a grip for your vehicle’s tires if it gets stuck in the mud, which is likely to happen when you go off-roading.
- A Shovel If the recovery boards don’t work, you’ll have to dig yourself out.
- A Spare Tire (or two) A prepared off-roader always has a spare tire on hand. Tough terrain can stress your vehicle’s tires and it is difficult to give CAA instructions to you when you are in the middle of nowhere. All-terrain and mud tires are your best option when off-roading. Your all-season tires won’t quite cut it in difficult terrain. If at all possible, bring along a tire inflator and patches to repair on the go!
Now that you’re ready, go out and have fun! Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures!