Kit Lists for
Off-roading Trips



Don’t forget to cover the basics of safety and survival, vehicle recovery and vehicle breakdown. We can provide advice depending on your chosen expedition.


We have compiled the following comprehensive lists of items you will require before setting out on an off-road expedition. These lists are not intended to be exhaustive; some items may not be necessary depending on the location and duration of your trip. You may wish to bring further items determined by factors such as the weather, terrain and remoteness of your route / destination, how long you will be gone, how much room you will have, your driving style and what form of off-roading you will be doing.


Items marked below with an asterisk * will be supplied by us on one of our premier trips (but you will need to supply these items if travelling in your own vehicle):

• Fluids – at least one gallon of water per person, per day plus reserves which will be dictated by the weather. You should bring bottled water or sufficient water purification tablets. Please remember – alcohol has a dehydrating effect so is not a good idea! Sports drinks can be a useful source of energy. *
• Food – as much as 3,000 calories per person, per day, especially on cold trips or if you are carrying out a high level of physical activity. You should consider bringing reserves on strenuous trips. Include items such as energy bars and dried fruit. It’s a good idea to bring food for twice the amount of time you are planning to be away from locations where you can stock up. Should you be delayed for whatever reason, you won’t have to worry about going hungry. Avoid items requiring refrigeration and also those which are salty (and therefore dehydrating) such as crisps. *
• Clothing - breathable and appropriate to the weather conditions – (see more details below)
• A wash bag containing toiletries – (see more details below)
• Toilet paper *
• Sunglasses
• Spectacles are preferable to contact lenses although you can, of course, bring both. Don’t forget spares!
• First aid / medical supplies kit * – (see more details below)
• Cash – how much will depend on the area / country you are visiting
• Credit card(s)
• A money belt (preferably an underarm “holster” type)
• Emergency contact details and any important medical information (details to be left with the trip organiser)
• Personal identification i.e. passport and driving licence
• A visa for the country you are travelling to (if required). Ensure you submit your application well in advance of your trip.
• Travel insurance documents (details to be left with the trip organiser). Ensure you are covered for the trip you are undertaking (see our advice page - Pre-expedition Check Lists)
• Vaccination record (if applicable)
• A copy of your vehicle registration document *
• Vehicle insurance documents * (if details i.e. name and contact number of insurer, policy number and name of insured and any named drivers, are left with the trip organiser, we can help if a problem occurs)
• Spare keys for your vehicle * (to be left with the lead vehicle in case you lock yourself out!)
• Navigation resources - map and compass minimum; GPS, local guidebooks and forestry / desert access / off-road maps are recommended *
• A utility knife (such as a Swiss Army knife) *
• Torch, preferably a head torch, with spare battery(ies) *
• Whistle *
• Signal mirror *
• Fire extinguisher which should be vehicle-mounted in an easily accessible location *
• Communication devices for emergency use - mobile phone, CB Radio, satellite phone *
• In car phone charger
• Binoculars*
• Camera with spare battery(ies) and / or charger and film (if not digital)*
• Overnight camping equipment kit * (see more details below)
• Tool kit * – (see more details below)
• Vehicle electronics repair kit * – (see more details below)
• Vehicle recovery kit * – (see more details below)
• Vehicle spares kit * – (see more details below)

For colder climates, layers allow you to regulate your temperature more easily and should include a waterproof and windproof outer layer. We suggest you bring casual clothes which are loose fitting and light but also hard wearing when visiting countries which are warm and temperate. You should also be aware of cold night time temperatures in some places! Dark colours, especially blue, are often more attractive to insects than lighter colours but we do suggest you avoid white unless you are not bothered about getting your clothes clean again! There may be the possibility of machine washing your clothes at some of the places we stay during your expedition but we prefer to hand wash as we go due to the lack of time in any one place – clothes are easily dried in your vehicle throughout the day. Some countries may frown on government surplus items and military style clothing and these items could be confiscated. We request that these are not worn in our vehicles. Ensure your clothing is sufficient for the temperatures you expect to encounter during your trip – www.phdesigns.co.uk are good suppliers of sleeping bags and clothing for all trips. The following lists are suggestions only and not exhaustive:

Iceland and Norway (comparable to a deep freeze!)


• Thermal underwear
• Thick and thin socks
• A pair of good trousers
• A good shirt
• 2+ T-shirts
• 2 long sleeved tops / shirts
• A warm jumper
• A pair of warm trousers
• A pair of safari trousers with zip off legs
• A windproof fleece type jacket
• A water and windproof shell jacket / anorak
• A pair of water and windproof shell trousers / leggings
• Salopettes, jacket and boots down to -45 survival temperature
• A pair of sturdy waterproof walking boots (wellington boots can be useful for river crossings)
• A pair of lighter boots or trainers for around camp
• A wide brimmed hat (to provide shade)
• A warm fleece type cap
• A pair of sturdy gloves
• Swimwear and a towel
• Flip flops or swimming shoes (bare feet are not recommended whilst swimming)



Spain, France and Andorra (hot and humid, with some rain in the mountains)

• Underwear and 5 pairs of thin socks
• 1 pair of good trousers
• 1 good shirt
• 1 pair of shorts
• 2+ T-shirts
• 2 pairs of safari trousers with zip off legs
• 2 long sleeved tops
• 1 warm jumper or fleece type jacket
• A waterproof jacket / anorak
• A pair of water and windproof shell trousers / leggings
• A pair of warm trousers
• A pair of good fabric walking boots
• 1 pair of sandals / thong type shoes
• A wide brimmed hat (to provide shade)
• A warm fleece type cap
• Swimwear and a towel
• Flip flops or swimming shoes (bare feet are not recommended whilst swimming)

We advise against bringing strong smelling deodorants, perfumes and cosmetics as these may attract insects. Obviously, you will have your own basic selection but do ensure that you include the following:

• Anti- bacterial hand cleaner, waterless is better
• Female sanitary items if required (sometimes difficult to purchase abroad)
• Lip balm (the cold will crack your lips!)
• Moisturising cream
• Sun block (minimum factor 20)

First Aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can buy them off the shelf but we suggest putting together your own kit. It is a good idea to cover most eventualities as, depending on the area you are travelling to, some items are difficult to purchase. We will supply an emergency kit on one of our premier trips. We suggest you consider the following:

• Adhesive tape
• Allergy relief (e.g. Benadryl)
• Antiseptic cream
• Alcohol swabs, individually wrapped
• Anti-bacterial hand cleaner
• Anti-diarrhoea medication (e.g. Imodium)
• BurnAid gel
• Disposable gloves
• Eye drops
• Fever medication (e.g. Panadol Night / Tylenol)
• Foil blanket
• Fungal infection powder / cream
• Gauze pads and rolls (assorted sizes)
• Hot pack
• Ice pack
• Inflammation reduction medication for sprains, bruises etc. (e.g. Ibuprofen)
• Insect repellent
• Pain killers (e.g. Aspirin)
• Plastic bags
• Plasters (assorted sizes)
• Prescribed personal medication
• Rehydration powder
• Scissors
• Snake bite kit
• Throat lozenges (low humidity can cause a sore throat)
• Triangular bandage
• Tweezers

The following equipment will be supplied by us on one of our premier trips (but is a list of what you should bring if you are in your own vehicle):

• Bags for collecting your rubbish / recyclables (although recycling may be limited in some areas). Zip top plastic bags are useful if you have anything “nasty” you need to dispose of in your rubbish!
• Bottle / tin opener
• Camping mat or air bed(s)
• Camping stove and fuel. Ensure you will be able to buy the fuel during your trip – there is no calor gas in Europe.
• Cooking pans and / or kettle
• Cool box or fridge/freezer
• Cutlery
• Firewood
• Folding camping chair(s) and table if desired
• Matches or a lighter
• Mug(s)
• Plate(s)
• Bowl(s)
• Paper towels
• Pillow
• Portable camping toilet
• Rucksack
• Sleeping bag(s) suitable for the weather conditions
• Tent(s) (roof or ground)
• Tarpaulin
• Torch
• Towel(s)
• Trowel or spade (for when answering the call of nature in the wild)
• Utensils
• Water purification tablets (or bottled water, depending on trip length and location)

There are basic kits on the market but we suggest you put together your own kit of quality tools to cover your specific vehicle and needs. It goes without saying that the longer the trip, the more will be required! You should consider including the following:

• Air compressor (necessary for re-inflating tyres for specific road conditions)
• Air pressure gauge
• Allen keys
• Bailing wire
• Breaker bar
• Bungee straps, several in multiple sizes
• Duct tape
• Epoxy resin
• Files – flat and round
• Hammer
• Jump leads
• Pliers
• Rags
• Socket set
• Screwdrivers – flat head and Phillips in various sizes
• Silicone – RTV
• Spark plug wrench
• Super glue
• Tie wraps
• Torx sockets
• Utility knife
• Wrenches, crescent, open end, combination, box, tube, standard SAE and metric sizes. Include 2 medium pipe wrenches (useful for tie-rods). Also consider a BIG pry bar or length of strong metal pipe, with an inside diameter of pipe large enough to slip over a wrench or socket drive for extra leverage.


• Blow torch - small pocket sized needle point (handy for soldering wire)
• Electrical connectors - crimp style
• Electrical tape
• Electrical wire, various gauges
• Flux core solder
• Fuses - all sizes and types used in your vehicle
• Relay spare (if appropriate for your vehicle)
• Switch spares
• Multimeter
• Wire cutters
• Wiring diagram of your vehicle

The following equipment will be supplied by us on one of our premier trips:

• Chainsaw or hand saw for trail clearing in wooded areas and also for cutting fire wood
• D-rings and shackles
• Gloves, heavy-duty
• Hand winch
• Hi-lift jack
• Jump leads with heavy-gauge wire and good quality connectors
• Recovery / tree saver straps – at least 2
• Shovel
• Snatch blocks
• Snow chains (dependent on location)
• Tow strap / rope - 2 or more, 2 inch width or wider, 20 foot long or more

It is wise to take a good selection of spares for your expedition. Appropriate spares will be carried by the lead vehicle. Depending on the age of your vehicle and length of your trip, consider some or all of the following:

• Belts – fan, alternator, serpentine, water pump
• Bulbs for all lights
• Coil / electronic ignition
• Drive shaft – front and rear
• Electric fuel pump
• Fluids, to include: - Automatic transmission fluid - Bearing grease - Brake fluid - Coolant or water - Engine oil - Power steering fluid - Starter fluid - WD-40
• Fuel, not forgetting a funnel or siphon hose
• Fuses
• Gasket sealant
• Hoses – coolant, fuel line, radiator
• Hub (front) or flange
• Idler arm
• Ignition key
• Nuts and bolts of various standard and metric sizes
• Points
• Radiator sealant
• Spark plugs
• Spark plug wire, various lengths
• Tie rod assemblies, to include: - tie rod - drag link - ball joints - ball joint nuts - cotter pins / keys (various sizes)
• Tyre / wheel
• Universal joints for drive shaft and axles
• Valve stems and valve stem remover
• Wheel bearings
• Wheel nuts with wheel brace and locking wheel key

Please note that Mudrut Limited cannot be held responsible for any omissions and / or errors contained within these lists and ultimate responsibility for the preparation of any trip remains with the client.