What to Keep in Your Adventure-Ready Vehicle

December 26, 2018 by Amanda Ellis, @WanderRedFox

If you don’t own an expedition-ready overland rig but still enjoy adventuring, having certain accessories on hand can enhance your experience and keep you safe.

Besides standard vehicle maintenance essentials and survival gear, consider hauling these items on the open road. We’ve compiled a list of five accessories to keep in your adventure-ready vehicle.


The MAXTRAX MKII has cleats on both sides and shovels at both ends. (Photo: MAXTRAX)

Getting stuck and stranded off the beaten path is a real concern, especially in winter. The MAXTRAX MKII is a lightweight vehicle-recovery tool made for any situation – whether you’re stuck in mud, snow or sand.

The MKII features double-sided cleats that aggressively grip the terrain and your tire tread to provide traction for vehicle extractions. The device is constructed from engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon and has a built-in shovel on each end.

It fits easily into any vehicle and sports six comfortable handles for convenient transportation. A single set weighs 16 pounds and measures 45 inches long by 13 inches wide. The MAXTRAX MKII retails for $300 and is available in 14 different colors.

Midland 1001LWX CB Radio

The Midland 1001LWX CB radio will keep you connected, even if your cellphone won’t. (Photo: Midland)

Adventuring off the -grid often means leaving cell service behind. A CB radio keeps you connected with the outside world, which is essential in case of an emergency.

The Midland 1001LWX model is an ideal choice for this purpose, featuring a 40-channel digital tuner that locks onto your selected channel. This compact model measures 4.5 inches by 1.75 inches by 7.5 inches and is easy to install, including all the mounting hardware you need.

The Midland 1001LWX provides for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather scan technology and automatically tunes onto the strongest signal in your area. Its large, backlit LCD display is easy to read by day or night. The Midland 1001LWX CB radio costs $70.

Rhino Rack Base Tent 2500

The Rhino Rack Base Tend 2500 lets you set up camp wherever you end up. (Photo: Rhino Rack)

The Rhino Rack Base Tent 2500 allows you to park and camp wherever you end up at the end of the day. Use it as a freestanding unit or attach it to a Sunseeker 2500 awning.

The tent features a domed roof, PVC waterproof flooring, four doors and ventilation pockets, along with storage. It comprises the brand’s proprietary MouldShield technology, which is made of UV and waterproof ripstop polycotton canvas. The Rhino Rack Base Tent 2500 measures 98 inches by 82 inches by 86 inches and retails for $800.

Bestek 400W Power Inverter

Convert your vehicle’s DC power to AC power and give your cellphone, camera or other devices a boost. (Photo: Bestek)

The Bestek 400W Power Inverter transforms any vehicle’s DC power into AC power, improving the utility of a car’s cigarette lighter. The Bestek 400W includes dual 110-volt electrical outlets for charging laptops, cameras, refrigerators, GPS devices or similar accessories.

Its four USB outlets also charge phones, tablets and other mobile devices. The device transmits 400 watts of continuous AC power and 1,000 watts of peak power. The box measures 6 inches by 4.8 inches by 2 inches and includes two battery clips. The Bestek 400W Power Inverter costs $40.

RAM X-Grip Phone Mount with RAM Twist-Lock Suction Cup

You won’t lose your cellphone in the middle of off-roading with the RAM X-Grip Phone Mount. (Photo: RAM)

Phone mounts are ideal for traveling, but most aren’t strong enough to handle off-roading, and insecure bases tend to loosen over time. RAM’s universal X-Grip phone mount was designed to handle the wear and tear of rigorous road trips and features a twist-lock suction cup designed for adventure.

The RAM X-Grip Phone Mount is made from aluminum composite and stainless steel, and its sturdy double socket arm allows it to orient a phone in any direction. The spring-loaded X-grip expands and contracts to fit your phone’s exact contours.

Its 3.3-inch-diameter suction cup twist-lock base grips glass and nonporous plastic surfaces, allowing it to be compatible with almost any vehicle. In addition, the X-Grip includes a tether device designed for outdoor applications. The RAM X-Grip Phone Mount with RAM Twist-Lock Suction Cup retails for $58.

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