If you're an adventurer who loves exploring the great outdoors, you know that having the right gear and equipment can make all the difference. Overland travel is no exception; having innovative and high-quality gear can help you make the most of your journey. From rugged tents to advanced GPS systems and everything in between, there's no shortage of innovative overland gear and equipment on the market today. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the best options available so you can be fully equipped for your next adventure.
What to look for when selecting Overlanding gear
Serves multiple purposes
The smartest and most innovative Overlanding gear serves many purposes. The more items you add, the less efficient your setup becomes. Carefully consider whether or not the piece of gear will truly earn its place in your rig. The more you can do with a single piece of gear, the more justifiable the space required.
Size, weight, and portability
When the weight inside your rig rises, the vehicle’s performance is hindered. Not only does handling and acceleration suffer, but so does braking performance and fuel economy. Minimizing the weight of your gear, even when it’s multi-purpose, should be a core focus when selecting your next piece of Overlanding equipment.
Coordinate equipment with your group
If you’ll be on an expedition as part of a group, you can increase the efficiency of everyone involved by comparing gear lists and consolidating items that can be shared conveniently and safely. That new piece of gear, while cool, might not be necessary if a member of the group already has one.
With these helpful tips in mind, let’s check out this dirty dozen of innovative new Overlanding gear and equipment!
Innovative Overlanding Gear Dirty Dozen
1. ROAM 95L Rugged Case
When you want to keep a bunch of gear securely organized and highly portable, look no further than the ROAM 95L Rugged Case. This heavy-duty storage case comes in 4 color options and provides ideal storage for your longer items like chairs, shovels, axles, and recovery gear. Just about anything will fit in the nearly 47” long interior.
Even better, you can seamlessly mount the case to the roof rack of any vehicle. The Rugged Case features a durable LLDPE shell, Nylon rope handles, steel lockable latches, and a dust/waterproof gasket seal that ensures your gear is always protected, whatever the weather. An interlocking design enables stacking and pairing no matter how much gear you’re carrying.
2. iKamper Disco Series
The iKamper Disco Series is an all-new camp cook system similar to the Tembo Tusk Skottle.
Where the Disco Series takes it up a notch is its increased versatility. Not only is it a skillet-type cooker, but it can also be used over a campfire with pots and pans, giving you more choice over cooking fuel sources. For multi-functional lovers, there’s even a standard camera tripod mount. Expect lots more accessories to be available soon.
3. C6 Outdoor REV Tent
When you like the convenience and accessibility of a ground tent but want the option to mount on the roof for faster camp breakdowns, the C6 Outdoor REV Tent has you covered. The REV tent works as either a ground, pickup bed, or rooftop tent (RTT) for total control over placement.
The REV Tent folds into a soft case that can stay mounted to the roof rack. With four-season coverage, a built-in 4-inch foam mattress, and lofty weight of only 25 pounds, the only thing more astounding is the price, which starts at only $799.
4. Skinny Guy Campers slide-in truck camper
The Skinny Guy Campers slide-in truck camper is a completely self-contained camper with heat, light, water, and power. Standing only cab-high and consuming only half the depth of the truck bed, the camper delivers superior aerodynamics, a lower center of gravity, and extra storage room under the camper in the truck bed.
Skinny Guy Campers come in a few different sizes to accommodate a variety of trucks. Prices start around $12,000 for a simple shell and rise to $34,000 for a fully-loaded Overlanding unit.
5. TailGater Tire Table
The TailGater Tire Table has been around for a while now, serving as a sturdy tire-mounted table that quickly stows away. Now the company is offering the table in two sizes as well as a lightweight aluminum version that’s even easier to pack away. Expect to pay a $35 premium for the lighter aluminum version.
6. Snow Peak Takibi Hexa Tarp
Snow Peak has been serving up useful, durable camping products with a clean Japanese design. Their latest Takibi Hexa Tarp was recently featured at the Overland Expo. You get everything you need to create an impromptu shelter from the elements that are big enough to cover six people around a fire, including stakes and poles, and it even has a fireproof inner liner.
7. Hot Bento
Heat up a meal fast when you’re on the go in this bento box from the future. Just keep the meal cold until you’re ready to eat, then simply press the button to heat the meal in a mere 15 minutes with no power cord or water boiling required.
8. Ignik FireCan
Enjoy the comforting glow and warmth of a campfire without the risk of starting a wildfire. With more burn bans becoming the norm, this propane-powered steel fire pit delivers a safer campfire experience. The mesh sides circulate generous amounts of heat, and it only takes up the size of a toaster oven. Foldable legs and a weight of only 10 pounds, making this an ideal addition to any Overlanding outfit.
9. BioLite Basecharge 600
When you’re seeking more off-the-grid juice for larger electronics, the BioLite Basecharge provides 600-watts of portable power. You’ll have enough energy to charge a laptop, tablets, and camera gear. You can also attach it to a solar panel (sold separately) for recharging.
10. Omnia Stovetop Oven
The Omnia is a lightweight cooking system that works in combination with any burner or heat source so you can make bread, baked ziti, or even chocolate chip cookies in the wilderness. The stainless steel base directs your stove’s heat upward, while the lid sends it back to create oven-like heating.
11. Hillsound Equipment PackStack Pro
In rainy and damp Overlanding conditions, one of the biggest challenges is keeping the interior of your vehicle free of filth and stench. Enter the Hillsound Equipment PackStack Pro. These waterproof, crescent-shaped storage pouches separate the wet gear from the dry. The PackStack is designed to nest perfectly inside backpacks as well, making them super-portable.
12. Nite Ize HookLock Locking Bungee
A major design flaw in the traditional bungee cord is the hook at the end that can easily come undone when gear shifts around or winds blow strong. Nite Ize re-engineered the bungee cord to solve this common problem and rolled out the HookLock Locking Bungee. A steel hook locks back after the cord has been attached, keeping it safely and securely in place for the whole trip.
What is Overlanding?
Overlanding is a style of travel where people use rugged vehicles to explore remote places on their own. They carry all the necessary gear and often set up camp in the wild. Overlanders aim to savour the journey as much as the destination and soak up nature and local cultures. It's a popular way to seek adventure and take a break from hectic daily life.
What is the Best GPS for Overlanding?
GPS devices tailored for off-road use can be invaluable for navigation in remote areas. If you're into overlanding, you know how important it is to have a GPS system that you can rely on.
But what about when you're on the move and need to use your phone for navigation? That's where ROKFORM phone cases and GPS mounts come in handy. Not only do the phone cases provide top-notch protection for your phone, but they're also designed to work seamlessly with ROKFORM's unique mounting system. You can easily attach your phone to your vehicle's dashboard or windshield, allowing you to easily access your GPS system. Not sure the best place to mount your phone? Check this article for some helpful tips.
What Communication Tools Should I Bring Camping?
Having communication tools while camping is important for staying connected with others in your party and ensuring that you can call for help in case of an emergency. When you're out in the wilderness, you may encounter unexpected situations where you need to communicate with others or seek assistance.
What to pack:
- Cell phone and wrist lanyard
- Two-way radio
- Whistle to signal for help
- A map and compass
- A satellite phone for remote areas
- Personal locator beacon (PLB)
- Handheld GPS device
- Signal mirror to attract attention
- A flashlight or headlamp
What's the Best Overlanding Vehicle?
Choosing the best vehicle for overlanding depends on a lot of things, like what kind of land you'll be driving on, what the weather is like, and what you like. Some popular options include the Toyota Tacoma, Jeep Wrangler, and Land Rover Defender. Each of these vehicles has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it's important to think about what features are most important for you.
Some things to consider when choosing an overlanding vehicle are how well it can go off-road, how much stuff you can put in it, how much gas it uses, and how reliable it is.
Embark on Your Next Overland Adventure With ROKFORM
When it comes to overlanding gear, the possibilities are truly endless. Investing in quality gear can make a world of difference on your next overland adventure. And if you're looking for a rugged phone case and mount that you can trust, look no further than ROKFORM. The designs are durable and versatile, which means you can confidently take your phone with you no matter where your travels take you. Get out there and explore confidently, knowing that you have the best gear and technology to make your overland journey unforgettable!