Most Valuable Things to Carry When We Go Off-road with UTV or ATV

Most Valuable Things to Carry When We Go Off-road with UTV or ATV

Most Valuable Things to Carry When We Go Off-road with UTV or ATV

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Most Valuable Things to Carry When We Go Off-road with UTV or ATV

You’re in the woods, mud flying everywhere, having a grand old day. Then it happens. It could be a mechanical problem, a cosmetic problem or even an injury or medical emergency. Will you be prepared?  Even weather can ruin your great trip if you are not prepared. These lists were compiled from a variety of sources; however, consult your owner’s manual for specific tools needed for your specific machine.


One of the most valuable equipment items to carry on an off road t trip is a first aid kit.  Even though most riders think that they are invincible, the truth is, every second counts when someone is injured and being prepared can prevent further injury.

If a medical emergency, especially a major injury, happens miles away from anything, you want to at the least have the basics.  A general kit is considered the basic items while some kits are recommended specifically for outdoor recreation activities. Many ATV dealers and online stores offer a variety of first aid kits.  Below is a general list of items that either you can assemble yourself or purchase.

  • Fabric Bandages in different sizes
  • Butterfly closures
  • Dressing Gauze, sterile, in different sizes
  • Dressing tape
  • Latex or plastic gloves
  • Trauma pad
  • Cold pack that activates when cracked
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers/ Tick Remover Forceps
  • Thermometer
  • Painrelieve meds
  • Allergymeds
  • After Bite Wipes
  • Whistle
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Cotton tip applicator
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Tick and insect Repellent, wipes if possible
  • Sunscreen
  • Some kits also have snake bite emergency items

These are the basic items.  Your own medical issues may warrant other medications as well. More specialized medical items could include:


  • CPR mask
  • Irrigation syringe and wound closure strips
  • Quikclot
  • Wraps to immobilize fractures
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • EMT shears forceps
  • EPIpen for allergic reactions

It could mean the difference between life and death to someone. Additionally, everyone should have a current list of medications and any allergic reactions.  This will help medical responders to determine a problem and solution.

Almost as important are survival items in case you are stranded, particularly overnight.


Survival Items

  • Blankets or heavy coats
  • Matches
  • Waterprooftarp
  • Spareclothes
  • Aknife
  • Flashlight
  • Firstaid book

Basic toolbox items

Again, you can find many at local stores specifically made for ATVs. In addition to your standard pliers, wire cutters, wrenches, Allen wrenches, and a small, all-in-one tool:

  • A utility tool
  • WD-40
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Duct tape or electrical tape
  • A compass
  • Cable ties and zip ties
  • Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Signalbeacon
  • Matches
  • Knife
  • Cloth rags
  • Ziploc baggies

A Multi-Purpose Tool or Tools

You certainly don’t want get out on the trail without a few good tools. You can purchase a multipurpose tool or separately an axe, a rake, a shovel, hoe, sledgehammer, and pick.  These tools should be very useful in a wide range of emergencies at the campsite or on the trail.


Tire Repair

When riding off-road, if you are airing down tires to increase traction, then always keep an air kit to increase or decrease air as needed. A simple repair kit might have 4 repairs, needle tool, CO2 cartridges, and inflator adapter.

More advanced kits contain 12-volt tire inflator, 15 Amp fuse, coiled air hose, a PSI dial gauge, LED lights, alligator clip power adapter, and tire sealant. Some also contain T-handle reamer and plug, tire tackle with valve caps, valve core remover, and more.  ATV dealers and on-line stores sell a variety of these kits.  Obviously, a spare tire would be the best scenario but that is not always possible.

Break Downs

If you are on the trail for any amount of time, breakdowns are going to happen and those repairs that need to be done will be up to you. Other items to have on hand would be fix-a-flat (with instructions), an air pump, tie-down cords, and leather gloves.

A set of jumper cables and a jack are also on the list if your machine has the capability to carry it, just in case. Many states dictate that you have a Class ABC fire extinguisher. Even if it is not mandated, it is a good item to have. If traveling with multi ATVs designate one to carry the tools, another first aid kit, etc., so one is not overloaded.


Finding your way around

A GPS is a necessary piece of technology that is, without a doubt, one of the best possessions to bring with you on the trails. You can also download maps of certain areas before you leave for your trip, then plot your trails and manage your time wisely. Remember to set your beginning point as the area you left from and an ending point if it is different.  Always have an emergency plan in place (remember that your cell phone may not have service) and always leave your destination and general instructions with someone else not on the ride, in case you are not back at the desired time or place.  Many stories are told about even seasoned riders getting crossed up and lost while on the trails.

Remember to always pack your cell phone in a Ziploc bag, along with extra batteries or a power source in case you help.  Flares usually come in a kit, but if not, another necessary item to have.


It happens to the best of us. Your engine starts to sputter; you look down at the gas gauge. Oops! A day full of trail riding and fun and then suddenly, you’re out of gas. Since you aren’t going to find a gas station on the trail somewhere, it is important to have extra gas back at the camp.  Always carry gasoline in approved containers. Also, you should keep extra coolant and extra quarts of oil in case you have a leak or need a repair.

Properly preparing beforehand is the key. Don’t wait until the emergency has happened.  Having a first aid kit, basic tools, GPS, and emergency items, you can have a wonderful, relaxing weekend in the woods.

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