Welcome to your unorthodox guide to a Holiday Overland trip
1. Prep Your Rig Instead of Your Holiday Best
Before hitting the road for an Overland Adventure, it's essential to ensure your Rig is prepped for the Jump.
Things to do: Replace the Wiper Blades, top off the wiper fluid, rotate the tires, check alignment, check the tire pressure, change the oil, and service the brakes.
Pro tip: A tire rotation should include your spare.
Or just drop it off at Next Jump Outfitters, we will drop you at work, complete the service and deliver your vehicle to you.
2. Packing: Minimalism Meets Convenience
This genius piece of gear effortlessly fits everything you need for 3 to 4 days off the grid. It’s all about staying organized and accessible: your clothes are just a zip away, no digging or rummaging needed.
We've mastered the art of packing light. No matter the trip duration, we limit ourselves to four days' worth of clothes. Why? Because after four days of embracing the wild, even the most rugged of us appreciate the creature comforts of an RV park. Think: long showers, fresh laundry, and yes, the bliss of a hot tub. It’s our little oasis before we refill our water, propane, groceries, and fuel up for the next leg of our adventure.
3. Dress for Mess: The Art of Overlanding Layers & Style
Functional and minimal clothing doesn't have to be boring to be practical and comfortable. Like everything we do, it's about removing the hassle, sticking to the bare essentials that can multiple uses.
4. Navigate Like a Pro (Or Pretend To)
Overland newbie or pro, it's essential to have a navigation plan and backup plan.
We use Harvest Hosts to find free and unique overnight stays at vineyards, farms, and breweries, planning no more than six hours or 350 miles of driving per day.
Supporting these hosts with a purchase is part of the deal. For trail finding, OnX Offroad shows off-road and Overland trails.
5. Campsite Gourmet: On-the-Road Eats & Fireside Feasts
Once you’ve reached your destination, it’s time to channel your inner Gordon Ramsay with campfire cooking. We prefer the Snow Peak Takibi Fire Pit & Grill, paella pan & Cast Iron Dutch oven hanging from a tripod. This setup offers versatility over the popular Skottle, functioning as a fire pit, grill, wok, and paella pan and takes up the same amount of space in your rig. The dutch oven takes up a bit more room, but it’s epic.
All these can be prepared in the morning and stored for easy access during the drive.
Breakfast and Lunch on the Move – While heading to your Overland destination, quick and easy meals are key. Here are some gluten-free, on-the-go options that are perfect for anyone:
7. Safety: Not an Old Folk's Tale
No one plans for things to go sideways, but if they do, have a plan.