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Don’t Leave Home Without This – Overland Tool Kit Essentials

Don’t Leave Home Without This – Overland Tool Kit Essentials

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What’s in your overland tool kit? Every off-grid capable rig needs to have a tool kit capable of handling most repair needs on the trail. The kit is going to be vehicle dependent, so you need to do a bit of research on the basic tool requirements for the make and model of your vehicle.

We highly recommend a tool roll because of the compact size you can achieve when space is at a premium. There are many options for tool rolls and a wide range of price points. This type of gear fell into our ‘buy once/cry once’ category, and we went with a heavy duty waxed canvas roll by Adventure Tool Company. 

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! We put together a supply checklist for what we carry in our 1996 Toyota FZJ80 Land Cruiser. The tools listed (though specific) will get you on the right track to putting together your own efficient tool kit.

Again, research your specific overland/off-road make and model of vehicle to make sure you have covered the basics. (The forums are a great place to start asking specific questions.)

The list covers the following:

  • Electric supplies
  • Wrenches
  • Sockets
  • Hand Tools
  • Expendables
  • Specialized

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Adventure is best when properly planned! Let us know your trail repair experiences and advice in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Michael

Backwoods country bumpkin. Overland enthusiast and lover of the great outdoors.

Comment(10)

  1. I bought the same tool roll, actually Micheal bought it because I bought it! I haven’t loaded it yet because I wasn’t 100% sure what I needed. Thank you for creating this list and for the video! This has inspired mt to FINALLY organize my rig’s tools. OB#11480

  2. Nice. I’ve been out on occasion with folks that bring entire wrench and socket kits. Anything more than the six or seven wrench or socket sizes you need is a waste of space and weight.

  3. Nice. I've been out on occasion with folks that bring entire wrench and socket kits. Anything more than the six or seven wrench or socket sizes you need is a waste of space and weight.

    That only works so long as there is nobody else in the group.

    I have seen a whole lot of scrambling and searching through everybody's rig in an effort to find the tools/pieces to put another rig back into operable order.

    I carry my stuff with the expectation that I will likely end up using it on someone else's rig.  And I don't know which size tools their rig will need.

  4. I've had to work more on other peoples rigs than my own (thankfully).  Even though it is a bit more weight and room taken up, I prefer having a full compliment of tools, especially if we are going somewhere off the beaten path.

  5. That only works so long as there is nobody else in the group.

    I have seen a whole lot of scrambling and searching through everybody's rig in an effort to find the tools/pieces to put another rig back into operable order.

    I carry my stuff with the expectation that I will likely end up using it on someone else's rig.  And I don't know which size tools their rig will need.

    Certainly, I've used my tools on multiple occasions either by loaning them to someone or wrenching it myself.   My 1/2 breaker bar and sockets  have come in handy for that sort of thing more than once. Bringing an entire tool kit, or even half of the tools I have on hand,  would simply weigh too much.

  6. As someone who has a full size rig, I go a little overboard with my recovery/repair gear. I have a full compliment of tools to almost take my truck completely apart. Not a fan of having to rely on people, especially when they aren't there. I think though, it would be advised just as much to carry commonly broken spare parts as well. Another thing I think I will be throwing in my tool kit would be a 0-150 Ftlb torque wrench with ratcheting head in 1/2" drive. Having a truck that has a GVWR of 3000lbs is nice sometimes.

  7. Nice. I've been out on occasion with folks that bring entire wrench and socket kits. Anything more than the six or seven wrench or socket sizes you need is a waste of space and weight.

    Carrying a larger selection of sockets and wrenches can be useful if you have to work on other people's rigs. There is a lot of "close enough" overlap between metric and SAE (ex. 13mm = 1/2", 19mm = 3/4", etc) so I just carry a set of metric sockets and wrenches. I also carry a set of torx bits because a friend has a Jeep. One thing I haven't seen in some tool kits is a spark plug socket, which can be useful if you need to tighten/check/clean the plugs or blow oil out of the cylinders after a roll over.

    https://www.overlandbound.com/forums/threads/vehicle-inventory.10765/

  8. As someone who has a full size rig, I go a little overboard with my recovery/repair gear. I have a full compliment of tools to almost take my truck completely apart. Not a fan of having to rely on people, especially when they aren't there. I think though, it would be advised just as much to carry commonly broken spare parts as well. Another thing I think I will be throwing in my tool kit would be a 0-150 Ftlb torque wrench with ratcheting head in 1/2" drive. Having a truck that has a GVWR of 3000lbs is nice sometimes.

    I carry the torque wrench in my kit too. It is necessary for most steering and suspension repairs (which I seem to have a lot of lately).

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