Overlanding Planning - How to Plan for Success on Your Next Adventure!
We understand that life can be hectic and finding time for everything can be a challenge. However, we're here to tell you that dedicating some of your time to Overlanding is a worthwhile pursuit. If you're new to this exciting activity, we're here to help and want to start with a few helpful tips and tricks to get you started and out there sooner than later.
Question #1 - Where do you want to go?
When planning a trip, the first question really needs to be about deciding on a destination. There are seemingly endless breathtaking locations to visit in both the United States and abroad, so it's crucial to select a place that will provide the experience you’re after. Keep in mind that you can always visit a new location with every trip you take so don't become overwhelmed by the numerous options available; instead, focus on what you want to experience during this particular trip and choose the ideal location. The other awesome locations can wait for future adventures.
Research Remote Areas
When it comes to off-grid camping or overlanding, the goal is often to get away from crowded campsites and tourist attractions. This means you'll need to find remote areas to explore. Look for websites and blogs that specialize in off-grid camping or overlanding, and check maps and guides of the area. Talk to fellow campers or overlanders for suggestions or join online communities for tips on remote destinations.
Look for Dispersed Camping Spots
Dispersed camping is a great way to get off the beaten path and explore remote areas. These are usually free, primitive campsites that are not part of a designated campground. They are often found on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the US Forest Service. You can find dispersed camping spots by checking with local ranger stations or by using apps like iOverlander or Campendium.
Pack for Self-Sufficiency
When you're camping off-grid, you need to be self-sufficient. This means packing enough food, water, and supplies to last (and enjoy) your entire trip. Consider bringing these must-have items and you will have an easier time enjoying adventures in remote locations.
Pack lightweight and compact gear that's multi-functional and can withstand rough terrain. Over time you will learn what your favorite gear is and what you lean on most. For now, try and over-prepare, comfort is king!
Follow Leave No Trace Principles
When camping off-grid, it's crucial to minimize your impact on the environment. We are all out here to enjoy nature, not other people's trash. Follow the Leave No Trace principles, which include packing out all trash, staying on designated trails, and respecting wildlife and you will fit right in. It's really pretty simple, just leave the wilderness as you found it (or better) so that future generations can enjoy it. Plus, the animals will appreciate it too!
Explore Unique Landscapes
Off-grid camping and overlanding give you the opportunity to explore unique landscapes that are often not accessible by car or foot. Consider bringing a high-clearance vehicle or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to reach these remote areas. Some unique landscapes to explore include deserts, mountains, and forests. Do some local research beforehand and you can find some amazing easter eggs hidden almost anywhere you go.
Visit National Forests and Parks
National forests and parks are great places to go for off-grid camping or overlanding. These areas offer primitive campsites and miles of unpaved roads to explore. Before your trip, research which national forests and parks are nearby and what they have to offer. You'll also want to look into what kind of weather conditions you should expect during your visit so that you can plan accordingly.
Take Advantage of Technology
Technology can be a great help when it comes to off-grid camping or overlanding. Use apps like Gaia GPS or Backcountry Navigator to download maps and confidently navigate off-grid areas. Use solar-powered chargers to keep your devices charged and consider bringing a satellite phone or a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) in case of emergency.
Try Out Different Activities
Off-grid camping and overlanding offer plenty of opportunities to try out different activities. Some favorites are hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or rock climbing. Think about what you would like to try ahead of time and bring along any necessary gear – this will ensure you have the best chance at fun possible. Finally, don’t forget to research any necessary permits or regulations that may come along with your chosen activity.
Find Unique Accommodations
When you're camping off-grid or overlanding, you’ll need to bring along some unique accommodations that best suit you and your group. Consider staying in a rooftop tent on your vehicle or in a sturdy and off-road capable towable unit. Look for campsites that offer amenities like fire pits and picnic tables to make your stay a little bit easier and more enjoyable.
For the ultimate in off-grid comfort (and if your budget will allow) you can also consider a dedicated campervan for more comfort and convenience.
Following these tips, do your research and you'll be well-equipped to venture into remote areas and enjoy a one-of-a-kind camping or overlanding adventure that everyone will love. Have a great time, Happy Camping! #GoSomewhere #DoStuff #SeeEverything #BTROutfitters