Beginner's Guide To Overlanding

Beginner's Guide To Overlanding

Welcome to the Beginner's Guide To Overlanding. We hope this compilation of important information will help you begin your journey into frequent overland travel. These introductory lessons and recommendations will give you a basic overview of essential concepts you'll need to grasp for successful off-road adventure travel. Some things to note:

  • This guide is not vehicle specific. If your vehicle is off-road capable these videos and recommendations will apply to you.
  • Your overlanding vehicle and it's setup can be as simple or complicated as you want. Your setup will change and grow over time as your needs shift. Set a budget and make a plan for acquiring your gear over time.
  • This information is meant to be foundational - but not necessarily comprehensive. Once you go through this series you will have a basic grasp of core overlanding concepts, essential gear needed, and how to start on some simple off-road trips. As you get more serious about overland travel we recommend you participate in workshops and get more in-depth training from professional trainers such as: 7P Overland, Overland Experts, or other similar services.

What Is Overlanding?

Overlanding is vehicle-based adventure travel (off-road and on road) with a focus on self-reliance, resilience, and enjoyment of the journey. It's not so much about where you are going - it's about how you get there. It sounds cliche' but it's true: the journey is the destination. While the basic practice of overlanding is fairly agreed upon, a more nuanced understanding is up for debate. Check out this interview featuring five different perspectives on the question "What does overlanding mean to you?

Our Overland Trip Planning video series will help you better plan and prepare for your next adventure. These conversations will encourage you take on your next overland trip with maximum readiness and organization. In this video series, we’ll help you identify what type of trip you are taking and how best to prepare for it.

Vehicle Organization: Part 1 (How To Kit For Any Trip)



When packing tools for an overland trip, it's hard to know what you need, and what you don't. In this video we share some tips and tricks to match the tools you bring with they type of trip you're taking. As well as some tips on reducing the size and weight of your kit.

How To Choose A First Aid Bag


We offer a range of sizes and configurations so you can custom tailor your first aid storage to fit your needs based on the type, length, and remoteness of your trip as well as your personal skill and experience level. Watch this quick video to get a basic systems overview of our First Aid bags


Recovery Gear: For any trip

Ever wonder what recovery gear to bring with you on your next trip? Ever wonder how to organize and store that recovery gear? Looking for other tips and tricks when it comes to recovery gear? Well this video is for you!

Overland Recovery Gear: What to carry for a level one trip

Recovery Gear : For A Level 1 Trip

Ever wonder what recovery gear to bring with you on your next trip? Ever wonder how to organize and store that recovery gear? Looking for other tips and tricks when it comes to recovery gear?


Recovery Gear: For a Level 2 Trip

We continue our discussion on recovery gear for overland travel. In this video we look into gear selection and organization for a Level 2 trip. As with any skill, training is essential. As you get into more complex recovery situations, training with a professional instructor is money well spent.


Recovery Gear: For a Level 3 Trip

In the final installment of our series on Recovery Gear we look at organizing equipment for a Level 3 trip. We take a look at winching, rigging gear, and how to keep it protected while traveling. Remember, although videos like this are informative they are no substitute for hands-on training with a professional instructor.