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Core Principles


The goal of Overland Bound is to make vehicle dependent adventure and exploration in the great outdoors as accessible and safe as possible. We are not elitist and all levels of experience are welcome. These are the principles Overland Bound was founded on.

We ask each member of Overland Bound to review and be in agreement.

Overlanding is vehicle dependent travel. That’s it.

If you go much deeper than this, you start arguing about whether someone is or isn’t an overlander. Do you feel a sense that something is missing in your life? Do you like pushing yourself outside the “normal” constraints of what exploring and being outdoors means? Congratulations. You are already thinking like an overlander. You’re 99% there.

Overlanding is for everyone

Adventure is Necessary. The point of the Overland Bound community is to include folks of various backgrounds, skill levels, and stages in their vehicle build outs and lifestyle. Smelling like caribou, trekking across the Sahara for months at a time, or having a completely built out rig with all the features are not prerequisites to join. 

It doesn’t matter what you drive

We are not a Jeep community, a Toyota community, or a Land Rover community. Your vehicle has to be capable and safe for what you ask it to do and where you want to go. The sharing of resources to help you accomplish this is the point of the Overland Bound community.

A connection with nature is paramount

We believe a connection with the great outdoors is a key to living. It gives us perspective, keeps us grounded, and feeds the explorer and wonderer deep in our DNA. Ignore this, and things get messy.

Leave it better than you found it

There are 50% more people on the planet as of 2018 than in 1970*. Now more than ever, it is imperative that as many individuals and groups take ownership of our lands to counter act the damage that has been done and raise awareness. Our natural environment is the key to survival. Preserve it.

Be prepared

Safety First. The trip defines the needs. Research, ask questions and investigate the requirements of any journey before you start. We prefer epic tales of adventure without bad endings. Keep the rubber side down.

No barriers to information

We don’t own information any more than we own the great outdoors. No one has a patent on what it takes to survive. Share information freely and openly; we create a stronger community that way.

Help each other and engage in the smallest of interactions

This is what community is all about. It takes a village. Human kindness is a valuable asset that could mean survival when traveling anywhere, and humility is essential. Remember that no one has all the answers and we all started somewhere. Take being a decent person seriously.

Have fun

Being grounded creates stability and joy for you and everyone who comes into contact with you. That’s the whole point.

*  Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Database.

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Ready to take the road less traveled?

Access our forums for free, or head on over to the Overland Bound store to see our Membership options. It’s a one time fee and gives you access to online software specific to community and overlanding. And don’t forget… adventure is necessary!