5 Trail Riding Essentials for Your Upcoming UTV Trip

Off-roading can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience. However, this type of activity can come with lots of twists and turns that you may not have expected. That’s why you need to be as prepared as possible. Knowing which items to pack for your UTV trip can be challenging since you never know what scenarios you’ll face. However, you can divide your supplies into categories to help you diffuse an emergency and stay safe while you’re off-roading. Here are five categories of supplies and tools to keep in mind for your UTV adventure.

Common Tools to Bring to Your Trip

When your axle has worked as long as it can in its current state, it is bound to give out on you, even if you’re hours away from home. To avoid being stranded during your trip, you should have the appropriate tools with you to make some repairs if necessary. Be sure to pack the following items to bring with you:

  • interchangeable screwdriver;
  • Allen wrench set;
  • extra nuts, bolts, and hardware;
  • vise grips or pliers ;

Emergency Tools

If you’re an experienced rider, you likely know that simply having your basic tools with you may not be sufficient. In some cases, duct tape may do the trick if you break down in a remote area and need a quick fix. You should also make sure you have:

  • zip ties;
  • a tire plug kit;
  • headlamp or flashlight;
  • batteries;
  • air compressor;
  • tow strap and winch;
  • pocket knife;
  • fire extinguisher;
  • essentials to start a fire;

Spare Parts

Even if you have all the tools you need, you won’t be able to make repairs if you don’t have the correct replacement parts. Even if you ride often, there’s a good chance one or more of your parts will give out at some point. Make sure you have the following spare parts on hand in case you need to make emergency repairs:

  • drive belt;
  • axle;
  • ball joints;
  • tie rods;
  • tire;
  • additional gas (which is not technically a replacement part, but it is essential);

Accessories and Clothing

When you’re gathering all the items you need for your UTV trip, don’t forget that you need to pack additional personal items, too. Make sure you have clothing that will protect you while keeping you comfortable. You also need some personal items to get through each day of your trip as well. Don’t forget to pack:

  • gloves;
  • boots;
  • helmet;
  • goggles;
  • long pants;
  • cell phone and charger;
  • first aid kit;
  • sunscreen;
  • drinking water (bring more than you think you’ll need);

There are also some miscellaneous items you should remember to pack, such as:

  • a compass or map;
  • an off-road GPS;

Preparing for an Overnight UTV Trip

Most of the items you need for your trip should always be in your UTV, no matter how long you plan to ride. However, if you’re planning an overnight trip, you’ll need to bring some extra items with you to ensure that you’re comfortable and safe, such as:

  • bug spray;
  • the camp chair (or enough for all the people traveling with you);
  • biodegradable soap;
  • food that you can eat on the trail;
  • tarp or a tent;
  • sunscreen (this bears repeating since you’ll need to keep your skin safe while you’re outdoors for extended periods);
  • trash bags;

If you’re camping with a UTV or ATV, you may have to pack lighter than you would for the camping trip, but you can still include all the important items you need to make your excursion safe and enjoyable.

The Bottom Line

Finding the best RZR accessories can make your next UTV adventure even more exciting. Remember never to start your excursion empty-handed and always have essential items on hand, even if you don’t think you’ll need them. You’ll feel much more at ease during your trip, so you can be free to take in the beauty of nature, whether you’re traveling with family members, a friend, or taking a solo trip. Happy trails!