Preparation, preparation, preparation, yeah, yeah but if your planning on going out into the wilderness it’s a bit late to have regrets when your truck is stuck up to it’s wheel arches in mother earth.
So here in the office we had a chat on what top 5 items we would and would not consider to be the essential items that should be thrown in your gear bag if you are off for a short trip into the great outdoors.
It has a variety of uses other then changing a tyre or jacking you out of a tight spot. It can clamp things together; coupled with a strap it can act as a pully/winch or with the aid of a high mounting point and strap, can be used to correct a rolled truck.
It can even be used to split logs for the campfire.
STRAP/ROPE and BOW SHACKLES
Straps can be used with the Hi-Lift jack as mentioned above for a self-recovery. Placed around a tree to help winch out of a tight spot, or used as a towrope. Ensure the strap and shackles you are using has the correct rating for the weight of your vehicle (load included), this will be stated on the label along with the number of uses it’s recommended for. Don’t be tempted to exceed either of these, as a snapped strap is dangerous and can act like a whip causing damage or injury.
Not just for digging a toilet in the wild, it can be used to dig mud, snow or sand away from the truck. If you have a multipurpose shovel you’ll have the comfort of a cutting edge with you, which will be great for cutting wood to build a trail, if you don’t have a multipurpose shovel then add a folding saw to your kit.
FOOT PUMP or COMPRESSOR
If you need to lower the tyres to cross snow, sand or rocks then you’ll need to correct the tyre pressure again when hitting the black top to prevent the tyre coming off the rim when cornering or cause unnecessary heat build up resulting in a blow out.
BASIC TOOL KIT
You’ll be needing a wheel brace, gloves, socket set, adjustable spanner, selection of ring spanners, screwdrivers, gaffer tape, cable ties, utility knife and silicone tape should cover most incidents when out in the sticks. Try to find a sturdy plastic tool box to keep them in that way if you need to carry liquids, fuel or water you can empty the box and voila. Cotton rags are a good addition too not only for slurping up fluids they can make an excellent emergency fan belt (got us 60 miles back to civilisation) as nylon melts and stretches in high temperatures.