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10 things you need to go off-road

The best off-road essential accessories

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  1. Straps, strops and anchors

    Straps, strops and anchors

    Ropes and anchors are the recovery basics; without them, you can’t connect to anything.

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  2. Jacks/airbags

    Jacks/airbags

    A decent Hi-Lift jack is useful everywhere – for soft ground, use an exhaust-inflated airbag.

  3. Winches

    Winches

    A bit of a luxury, but if you’re on your own, a decent winch will allow for self-recovery.

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  4. Sand ladders

    Sand ladders

    Waffle boards or sand ladders get dropped under spinning wheels to provide grip.

     

  5. Lights

    Lights

    You need to see what’s going on – and not just at the front of the car, either.

  6. Tyre deflators/compressors

    Tyre deflators/compressors

    Airing down is useful in most off-road situations. Might as well make it easy.

  7. Medical go-bag

    Medical go-bag

    Always carry a basic First Aid kit. You’ll be surprised how many grazes you get.

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  8. Tyre repair kit

    Tyre repair kit

    If you’re going far and not carrying spares, a kit with a few ‘tyre mushrooms’ is killer.

  9. Crovel

    Crovel

    Basically a ‘tactical shovel’ with a load of useful features. TG owns one, loves it.

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  10. Portable power pack

    Portable power pack

    A small power pack can be the difference between making it back out... and not.

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