What to Take?

What to Take Jeeping?

Required by some groups:

  • First Aid Kit - the knowledge to use it comes in handy too...
  • CB Radio. Antenna can be either permanent or magnetic-mounted but should be tuned and tested prior to use.
  • Fire Extinguisher (BC or ABC) - usually 5 or 10 pound, if the extinguisher has been sitting or in the back of your Jeep for awhile, it may be necessary to invert it and break the powder loose. Your local fire station should have more information about this and whether it is necessary for your use.
  • Spare Tire (Fullsize or close, especially if you have a locker; you will need the same diameter at that point)
  • Jack and Lug Wrench
  • Safety belts for driver, and any current passenger
  • Attachment points (towhook or D-Rings) - XJ Cherokees need additional bracing to mount towhooks
  • 20-foot 10,000 pound Snatch strap - no metal hooks!!
  • Properly secured battery - don't want a battery shorting out against the hood...


  • Compass
  • Map (of the area you are in)
  • Rain/Windproof Jacket (one for each person in your party)
  • Tarp / Large Heavy Plastic Bag(s)
  • Weatherproof matches
  • Metal Match
  • Cottonballs
  • Water Purifying System
  • Metal can
  • Whistle
  • Signaling Mirror
  • Knife


  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Trashbags

In some areas, a shovel is needed so you can bury your 'organic waste', but in others it is simply not a good idea nor a legal one to bury, and you certainly don't want to leave 'landmines' laying around. Grab a number of smallish plastic bags and haul those along so you can take your refuse out. Newspaper delivery bags (at least around here) are waterproof and can be used to prevent...ahem...leaks while grocery bags often have drainage holes in the bottom. You decide which you prefer. Small plastic bags filled with 'organic waste' double-bagged in larger bags and protected from sharp objects should easily make the trip back to a proper disposal site.


  • Cord/Rope
  • Fishing Line, hooks
  • Saw, hatchet
  • Shovel
  • GPS - to use with that map of the area
  • Cellphone - you still get service in some areas
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Dry Food
  • Flashlight - pick up a multi-pack of Mag-Lites. I keep the 3-D Mag-Lite under my seat and a 2-AA Mag-Lite in the center console. One of the most useful nighttime wrenching tools I've found is a Petzl AAA LED headlamp
  • Batteries
  • Edible-plants book
  • Signal Flares
  • Hat
  • Candle
  • Surveyors tape
  • Plastic sealable bags
  • Multi-tool

Jeep Gear

  • Case of oil and fluids for transmission, transfer case and differentials
    • Spill mat
    • Suitable containers for recovering old fluids
    • Wrenches to remove drain plugs
  • Spare serpentine belt or v-belts - if you remove your old one for maintenance, throw it in the trail spares box
  • Spare spark plugs
  • Old distributor cap+rotor, assuming no damage to them
  • Hi-Lift jack. Know how to properly and safely use this jack beforehand! It can be a deadly tool when used improperly!
  • Large piece of wood - roughly two-foot 2"x12" In soft ground, the wood can be used as a base for the Hi-Lift. It's also large enough to place small items on for repair, etc but is still small enough to tuck off to the side for storage
  • Good basic tool kit - I keep mine in a Craftsman mechanics tool bag w/handles for ease of transport
    • 3/8" or 1/2" ratchet set. Expect to need metric and SAE sockets
    • Wrenches. I store my combo wrenches on a large carabiner to keep them all together
    • Screwdrivers - small assortment
    • Pliers
    • Good Duct Tape; not the cheesy fall-apart kind
    • Small selection of spare fuses
  • Water. 1 gallon per person per day, plus non-potable (undrinkable) or distilled water for the vehicle.
  • Hose repair kit and worm hose clamps
  • Ratchet tie-downs
  • Bungee cords
  • Small 12v air compressor and tire plug kit just in case if on-board air isn't available

Put it all in a Rubbermaid "Action Packer" or two and tie it down. Cherokees have four tiedown points in the back, you don't want that gear to come loose and move around if the Jeep rolls. Going in a group helps split the load if needed on some bulky items like water and fluids.

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created: May 3, 2005
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