How to start Overlanding on a budget

Overlanding can be an expensive endeavor, but it is possible to start overlanding on a budget by taking the following steps:

  1. Start with a budget-friendly vehicle: Consider purchasing a used 4x4 vehicle, or renting a vehicle that is suitable for overlanding.

  2. Keep gear minimal: Start with the essentials such as a tent, sleeping bags and a camping stove, and add more gear as you gain experience and figure out what you really need.

  3. Plan your route carefully: Research and plan your route to avoid high-cost areas, such as major cities or tourist hotspots.

  4. Camp and cook your own food: Camping is a budget-friendly way to travel, and cooking your own food is often cheaper than eating out.

  5. Limit your travel distance: Short trips are less expensive than long ones, and you can often find great overlanding destinations within a few hours of your home.

  6. Research free or low-cost campsites: There are often free or low-cost campsites available for overlanders, such as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, National Forests, or dispersed camping areas.

  7. Get comprehensive insurance: Make sure you have comprehensive insurance for your vehicle and gear, including liability coverage, in case of an accident or other unexpected event.

  8. Be flexible: Be open to changing your plans or itinerary if you find a better deal or a more budget-friendly option.

By following these steps, you can start overlanding on a budget while still having an amazing and memorable experience. Remember, it's not always about spending more money to have a better trip, but rather, it's about being creative with your budget to make the most of your trip.

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