A good overlander is prepared to fix and maintain their rig while out on an adventure. The ability to fix a broken or ill-performing rig can, in some situations, mean the difference between life or death. As an east coast person I doubt it would ever come to that for me, but last time I checked AAA doesn’t like to go deep into the woods to recover broken vehicles.
|My first toolbox. Nothing beets an old trusty rusty Craftsman toolbox.|
Having a good toolbox is one thing, but having your tools organized inside that toolbox is just as essential has having good tools. Toolrools are a great way to keep tools secured so they don’t rattle, keeping them organized so you can find them, and the pockets are a great way to visually inventory your tools so you don’t leave any behind.
|Top two rolls: SAE and Metic combo wrenches
Bottom roll: assorted pilers and snips
Another bonus of using tool rolls is they can be hung off your vehicle or on a chair making them easy to get to when a flat surface isn’t easily accessible.
|Fleshing out the tool rolls are a few assorted hand tools.|
C-clamps are great to have in case you have to do any work on brakes or if you need to bend any metal. Also work great when pressing in u-joint caps.
|Great for working on vehicle electronis such as radios, inverters, and fuse boxes|
Hex keys and torx bolts are becoming more and more common on vehicles these days. Never hurts to have your own set.
|More sockets than any one man needs… unless you own a Jeep.|
Inside a Pelican 1500 series case I carry a full set of sockets, drivers, and extensions. This is probably overkill for the average overlander, but I like being “that guy” who is prepared to not only work on his own rig but someone else’s in the group or random strangers along the way (like a pair of bikers I met in North Carolina while on the “No Highways Tour”).
|US Navy Drive Knife makes a great utility knife|
|A hatchet also doubles as a small sledge.|
A good utility knife and a hatchet are great to carry while overlanding. Not pictured, but in my jeep all the time, is a Gerber “Multi-Tool.” I also carry a Smith and Wesson SWAT pocket knife on me at all times.
I also carry a few items not pictured that I think are good to have. An OBDII Scanner is a must (especially for me given my proclivity for the dreaded CEL), along with zip-ties, fluids, and spare parts. I honestly didn’t carry too many spare parts with me on trip knowing I wouldn’t be too far from a parts store. Spare U-joints, a sper-belt, and a clean air-filter were about the only spare parts I had one me or carry with me on a daily basis.
Hope this helps give you an insight into not just what I carry and why but some ideas into what you (or someone in your group) should carry when on your next overland adventure.