Here are some frequently asked questions in the overlanding world.
1. Where can I legally go overlanding?
There are many places you can legally go overlanding. Some of which include:
- BLM land (Bureau of Land Management)
- USFS land (US Forest Service)
- You may also request permission from certain private properties
2. Do I need a winch?
This really depends on several off-roading factors. It depends on the time of year, if it's a mud bogging trip, or just a forest road. Are you going with others that have recovery gear? It’s typically a good idea for someone in the group to have some type of recovery gear in case something goes wrong or somebody gets stuck.
3. Do I need to air my tires up or down?
The technique of airing up or down is a big topic of interest for more experienced offroaders and overlanders. Airing down your tires can help with traction on soft terrain. As a rough starting place, some recommend dropping pressure by 25% for general off-road driving on rough dirt roads, washboard, and moderate trails; 30-35% for traction on slick-rock and difficult trails; and up to 50% for surfaces like very soft sand.
4. How can I get electricity when overlanding?
When it comes to having power when you're out on your adventures there are several options. You can bring batteries or solar power, or you could also use the power from your offroading vehicle. If you're more interested in using power banks and charging them up prior to your trip; Jackery and Bluetti can be great options.
5. Is overlanding expensive?
Your overlanding experience is unique to you! There’s nearly an endless supply of options when it comes to overlanding gear, equipment, and vehicle modification/upgrades, and everybody has their own preferences. Some people don't need much for their type of overlanding and some people rig out their vehicles with many mods. It's really up to you. Overlanding can be as affordable or as expensive as you want.