As wonderful and efficient as the many advances in technology can be, every now and again our most basic instincts need to be exercised. So, we find ourselves seeking to oblige through something like jumping in the 4×4, leaving the modern city life in the rear-view mirror and awakening our basic survival instincts to immerse ourselves in an off-road holiday adventure.
It’s all about proving to yourself that you can indeed still tame the most testing terrains, but even though you’d naturally be doing so by exploring places regular vehicles simply can’t get to, there are some essentials and accessories for your 4×4 which will ensure it’s an off-roading holiday adventure to remember. It’s as much about safety as the adventure.
Waterproof seat covers
Popular 4x4s often double-up as regular, family vehicles, so accessories such as seat covers will ensure the transition back to using your baby as your everyday car is a seamless one. It’ll make the job of cleaning that much easier, because a huge chunk of that job will entail simply slipping off the waterproof seat covers.
Full height cargo barrier
A truly adventurous off-roading holiday escape will make for some very bumpy rides. A full-height cargo barrier is therefore essential to offer protection for passengers and the interior, from luggage displacement. It should be used in conjunction with anything that can secure the luggage to avoid what can be very dangerous weight shifting.
These days, with some glamping gear, enjoying the great outdoors can very easily resemble a chalet room in some nature park or caravan park, but you have to remember to pack the likes of those tents, blankets, sleeping bags, flasks, etc, to ensure it can be as comfortable as it might need to be. You never know when you might really need it, even if you’re perhaps not specifically planning to camp.
Newer 4×4 models of pretty much any popular and common make will likely have LED lighting factory-fitted, in which case you would only need to pack some LED work lights you can move around to adequately light up what can become some really dark spots, away from the city and street lights. LEDs are environmentally friendly, provide ample light, use power efficiently and are very reliable.
This goes without saying, but a first-aid kit must be mentioned because when you could really do with one is precisely when you don’t want to find out that you don’t have one. Being able to take care of minor nicks and ailments often means you can continue enjoying your off-roading adventure, as opposed to leaving them unattended and essentially aggravating them to the point that you need to head back into the city and get some serious medical treatment.
Backup power sources
If you can pack in an entire petrol engine generator then that’s a back-up power source you should definitely take along on your off-road holiday adventure. Otherwise for smaller personal electronics, the likes of power banks would suffice as backup power sources.