With new machines being developed for the adventure market, and as we transition into the autumn season, it’s time to gear up your for your next UTV adventure and go explore the wild places.
Does this mean you have to run out and spend thousands of dollars on new accessories? Not at all. The most important thing to have with you on a UTV adventure is an adventurous spirit. The rest will just make things a little easier if you run into some trouble.
You’ve got to have a winch, especially if you’re by yourself. Winches are a very common accessory and we’ve included them on a number of lists, so if you don’t already have one, it’s well past time to fix that.
A short time ago, a friend called begging for me to come find him in the deep woods. His battery had died and he had no way to get his UTV out. It took a while to come to his aid. A small, compact jump starter is a vital piece of gear for those who venture way off the beaten path. Don’t get stranded.
I used to tease my father-in-law for always having rope around; that is until I needed some rope. Luckily he had some. Since then, I always have rope handy. I carry 50 feet in the storage compartment in my UTV for situations I have yet to think of. It helps.
Of course you’re going to want to bring some cool drinks and food along for the adventure. For this you need a cooler. The newer roto-molded coolers are more expensive, but worth it when they can withstand the abuse we give them and still keep your stuff cold.
Tire Patch Kit
If I have to explain why you need a patch kit for your tires, then you probably don’t need to adventure very much.
You should always have the ability to make fire, just in case you need to warm up after a cold creek crossing, or have to spend the night under the cold night sky. I keep a lighter in the glove box, just in case.
Having a good knife is more important that you might think. When the ride takes you off the beaten path, a knife can make the difference when you are forced to pull over for food, emergencies and more. When the pioneers first trekked across the continent, they carried many things, but always a knife.
First Aid Kit
Always be prepared. It works for the Boy Scouts, and it also works for the UTV adventurer. A first aid kit is another one of those “must-have” items you carry when you’re going where few have gone before.
If it is legal where you’re going, and you’re proficient in its use, a handgun for personal protection is a must-have item. It’s not the things you can think of that warrants carrying one, it’s the situations you can’t think of. Keep it secure and out of sight until you need it, and hope you never do.
Know where you’re going, where you are and how to get back home again with a GPS unit. After all, the most important thing is getting back home at the end of the trip. Today’s GPS units are more accurate, durable and dependable than ever.