Essential Camping Equipment When Going With ATV / UTV

Essential Camping Equipment When Going With ATV / UTV

Essential Camping Equipment When Going With ATV / UTV

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In days of old, a cowboy could put everything he needed for a long trail ride in his saddle bags. So should you have everything you need, when you are planning a camping trip on your ATV.

As before any trip, you need to thoroughly check your ATV to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. Always carry jumper cables and tow rope. Have a repair manual and take a basic repair class prior to leaving. You do not want to be stuck in the woods with an issue and no way to know what to do.

General checks

  • Loose nuts and bolts
  • Skid plate fasteners
  • Tire air pressure
  • Cables, drive lines, gas lines
  • Radiator hoses
  • All fluid levels
  • Oil and oil filter
  • Air filter
  • Wheels and tires
  • Lug nuts
  • Valve stems


What is in Your Toolbox?

Even though there isn’t much room to carry tools, there are a few essentials that you need. Most carry 2 or 3 small bags instead of one huge one.  Put like tools together such as tire tools in one bag and general tools in another

  • Tire Repair
  • Pump
  • Patches and plugs
  • Repair glue
  • Repair tools specific to your machine
  • General Tools
  • Good multi-tool
  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Channel locks
  • Fix end set wrenches
  • Wire cutters
  • Spare parts
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Hose claps – you will be surprised how many times these will come in handy
  • Duct tape and electrical tape
  • Zip ties, tie wire, electrical wire

Not only the ATV

A helmet is essential for riding. Yes, I know that they can be uncomfortable or hot. We’ve heard all the excuses. However, for that one time that you are flipped off your machine, all those excuses fly away. Many are realizing that riding trails are dangerous. Even on a straight, smooth path, you can face new holes, animals darting out in front of you or mechanical issues that can knock you off balance and possibly throw you or your passengers overboard. Same for knowing the dangers of rock climbing or steep terrain.

Protective Clothing is also a must. All the same, excuses apply to this as well, but it only takes one time. Eye protection is essential, goggles or glasses, or sometimes both. As stated before, accidents happen, and the unknown always seemed to happen when you are least prepared, but nothing is worth risking your sight. Boots that cover your ankles, gloves, long sleeves and long pants just make good sense and also protect skin from flying debris and unexpected obstacles.
Even though you will have your trusty cell phone and charger, you may not be able to get enough signals if you are off the beaten path. A good old fashioned map and compass should be in your pack. Speaking of your bag, include flashlights and batteries, plenty of water and a first aid kit.


A first aid kit is a just common sense. Think of the terrain and area that you will be in and plan accordingly. Many stories are told of various injuries, both minor and major; that happen while having fun on your ATV. Like the old motto, “Be Prepared”.

  • Bug repellant, anti-itch cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Trash bags
  • Extra baggies
  • Aspirin
  • Band-aids and antibiotic cream
  • Blanket
  • Eye drops
  • Baby wipes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Lighter or matches in a container
  • Medication

Now on to camping

Even is the weather forecast calls for a beautiful weekend, always carry rain gear and a tarp.  A tarp is also used for protection against the sun. If you are going through creeks and streams, waterproof boots will help keep your feet dry. In that same thought, carry an extra pair of pants, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirt or coat, and extra socks. Never wear wet socks!


  • Tent and sleeping bag in a waterproof bag
  • Folding camp shovel
  • Camp stove & cooking gear
  • Fuel in sealed container
  • Pots, pans and metal utensils
  • Paper towels
  • spoons, forks, knife
  • Food & snacks in plastic bags
  • Jerky, Dried fruits/nuts
  • Personal Items such as soap and toilet paper should be in plastic bags.
  • Notepad and pen

Unfortunately, even the best prepared sometime run into problems, but the more prepared you are the better.  Take these lists and add/ subtract as you need to in order to personalize it for your own use.  Often, the most important item to take is common sense. Don’t take unnecessary risks, even if it looks fun.  Be respect of the environment.  Keep areas clean and always, always check the fire before you leave. Use good judgement and know your abilities.  You want to have fun, but you don’t want to end up injured or injuring a passenger.

Finally, remember to have your ID and insurance card, just in case.

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