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Items to carry on the Trail

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flashlight                                        gas can


hilift                tow hook


Safety and Survival Items

First Aid Kit, Setup for treatment of scrapes, cuts, burns, bites, eye injuries, major wounds, sprains.

2 gallons of drinking water for every full day expected on trail.

Emergency thermal water proof blanket.

Fire Extinguisher with a Multi-Class rating or A, B and C rating. Halon is outlawed for sale, known to deplete ozone.

2 Lighters and waterproof matches, all stored in waterproof container.

Warm Jacket, warm change of clothes for each person.

2 Flash lights, one for back up is a good idea even if you carry extra batteries, bulbs and switches go bad too.

Road flares, cheap signaling device, just don’t light the forest on fire by the burning dripping material.

Tarp, a cheap easy weather cover for your vehicle or yourself. Comes in handy to work under vehicle too.

Energy or Power Bars, put a half a dozen or so in a plastic bag, throw them in your vehicle and forget about them. You could live off 1 or 2 a day with water if you had to.

Compass, Map, or GPS/Mapping GPS

CB Radio, you would be surprised the range you can get from a high location with a decent CB Radio.

Multi-purpose Knife

Trail Aids

Pull-along or vehicle winch, I strongly recommend a winch but if your on a budget the Pull-along could save the day.

Second Vehicle and a Buddy, Never attempt a trail alone unless your Superman, and can pick up your vehicle after you are pinned under it and fly to the hospital.

Tow Strap or Chain, I recommend a strap, chains long enough to be useful are very heavy to haul in your vehicle. Use a strap rated 4 times your vehicle GVW and a minimum of 30 feet long.

Tree Strap, never put a chain on a tree. Tree straps are cheap, you can’t even buy tree bark!

Ax or Chainsaw for clearing blocked trail only. You need a permit to cut wood in a National Forest.

Shovel, you may find it necessary to caress Mother Natures skin to free your vehicle. Also provides a substitute to flushing if you get my meaning.

Hand tools, know what common tools are needed on your vehicle, and metric or standard.

Hi-Lift jack, factory jack won’t do jack when your twisted up crawling though rocks and pop a bead. Can be used as winch also, read the directions that came with your Hi-Lift.

Full size spare tire, don’t even think of use a spare more then 2” smaller unless you enjoy overhauling axles and transfer cases. Tire plug kit, spray can of ether do blow tire beads on, seek experience to do so. Tire airing device.

Jumper Cables, 12 gauge electrical wire, mechanics wire, electrical tape, nylon zip ties, misc. hose clamps and of course duct tape.

2qts engine oil, 2qts gear oil, 2qts automatic transmission fluid if you have a automatic, 1 pint brake fluid.

Spray lubricate, Spray brake cleaner, works great for drying inside of wet distributor. Aluma-seal, a tube silicone.

Belt(s) and Hoses Misc nuts, bolts and other possible useful hardware.

Warning: No planning can ever prepare you for the unexpected this is only a guide to start you thinking of what you may actually need.

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