Overland vehicles are all the rage these days, turning stock SUVs and vans into post-apocalyptic adventure wagons straight out of Mad Max. For those who get consumed with upgrading their vehicles, the costs can be mighty and the obsession over inches of wheel travel borders on insanity. But don’t let the lack of cash or OCD stop you from getting out of your cubicle and into the parts unknown.
Like most things, starting up is the toughest part. We want to help you get there a little faster. So here are a few ways to start slowly and grow into the sport.
Firstly, overland expeditions have a vocabulary all their own. There are plenty of online forums out there. Get your feet wet first. Understand all of the skills you may need before you head out. Read, remain humble, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Next, learn basic land navigation. While GPS is essential, being able to read an actual map will help you when your unit craps out.
Just head into your backyard and learn camping basics, build improvised shelters, start fires without a lighter (not in your apartment, dumbass), and track local wildlife. Coupled with some wilderness first aid training, all of these basic skills will be additional tools you can use on your first trip.
Find a friend or a local group to join and offer to copilot their next voyage. There is safety in numbers, and all the reading on the Internet will never be better than gaining actual experience. Plus, you don’t have to carry the vehicle insurance.
Stay present in the moment, but make sure you have a camera to document your adventure. That way, when you get back to the land of Wi-Fi you can share everything you learned. Also, pass your knowledge on and help grow the community.
If you’re interested in overlanding, we built the ultimate vehicle for the spring 2021 issue of SKillset Magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. Also, be sure to check out our podcast Skillset Live!