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Since the question was concerning 'Mods' and not necessities to bring....

1) axle breathers
2) winch
3) lift or body protection (long wheelbase = lift, short wheelbase = body protection)
 
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Since the question was concerning 'Mods' to the vehicle and not necessities to bring....

1) axle breathers
2) winch
3) lift or body protection (long wheelbase = lift, short wheelbase = body protection)
The original post doesn't mention vehicle mods, did I miss something?
 

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Ideas, fantasy, and a bit of time. Try to figure out what do you need. The less the better.

Start
My first change has been the tires. A good pair of AT tires are a very good way to start of. Not even do they look awesome but they will also perform way better than on-road tires.
 

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the thread says first three mods, so i'm guessing that means mods to a stock vehicle and not gear....

as mentioned already, TIRES. even when i wasnt going offroad much, i would buy a new vehicle and immediately put better tires on it. my current vehicle is a tundra and i wanted a bit more clearance, so i went with a taller tire (needed a level kit installed for tires not to rub) and a better tread.
its like hiking, running, etc....you need the right shoes

next for me was power. i added a second battery and chose to go with a solar panel on top of the camper shell to charge it. either that or install a second battery that hooks into the alternator. the extra power is great for lights at night, using a 12v pump for water and being able to charge phones and batteries for flashlights and stuff. we sometimes sleep in the camper shell, so that extra battery to run a 12v fan is really nice and the ability to run a 12v fridge.

third would be storage. pretty much any stock vehicle will need modified storage. some add pouches to the backs of the seats or boxes with drawers that can be taken out when not camping, etc. people with pick ups will have a decked system or rack mount in the bed, etc. basically use whatever is a good way to store and secure gear for your specific vehicle.

i have a stock tundra and went with a taller tire, camper shell with deck system and 2nd battery with 50w solar on top of shell. these few mods have been working great for a couple years and has been more than enough to handle everything we have been doing

now...if youre married and/or have kids, then the mods are pretty much anything that keeps them from fussing and will change with every outing....good luck
 
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now...if youre married and/or have kids, then the mods are pretty much anything that keeps them from fussing and will change with every outing....good luck
From experience - Headrest mounted DVD players for all rear seat passengers and every Shrek movie available.
Pro Tip: headphones required for kids unless you want to memorize the entire script of every movie (including in other languages)
 
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now...if youre married and/or have kids, then the mods are pretty much anything that keeps them from fussing and will change with every outing....good luck
From experience - Headrest mounted DVD players for all rear seat passengers and every Shrek movie available.
Pro Tip: headphones required for kids unless you want to memorize the entire script of every movie (including in other languages)
Testify brother I know every animation movie full dialogues and an verse them

It’s horrible
 

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Lots of great suggestions already, so I'll only emphasize communications and navigation. You'll want to know where you are (if the intent is to get lost, then you'll know how to get back!) and some form of communications. A GMRS radio at a minimum is essential on group runs, HAM for longer range and/or as a hobby

Strongly encouraged to consider a Garmin or Zoleo for emergency communications and SOS if you're doing anything solo.
 

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Go out and drive it, then start figuring out you are missing/need to get further.

No point building a hardcore rig for overlanding down gravel roads.

For Me this turned out to be, tyres, snorkel, winch(and bumper)
 

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I suggest to start into Overlanding in stock configuration. No mods.

And just add a Tent, a gas cooker and Pot / plate / knife / fork - and a water folding canister.

Use it severall times to get an idea, how you can enjoy outdoor and this travel style better.

I did meet travellers on the panamericana, 3 persons in a standard car and with obove equipement. You can travel the world that way -but yes, you can too add some comfort.

To recognize what kind of overlander you are, more trail, more offroad, more nature related - will help you for deciding which mod will fits best. Also the kind of trips you like most, daytrips, weekender, holidays will make a difference for selecting the best modifications and gear.

I am balanced between offroad and nature and beautiful remote camps. This 8 Points are always ,uch more important, than any single mod on my rig:

After 68`00 Overlanding miles (africa, europe, south america) I did too a writeup, which mod was helpful, which was wasted:

It may help you too, to save bucks.

trippin
 

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Vehicle mods
For a beginner :

1. tires,
2. what ever recovery things you can afford. Recovery - starting with the minimum, a shovel up to what ever as experience and need arises
3. vehicle protection(engine skid plate and rock sliders) ,


But for first trips tires and some recovery stuff should be enough to get you out there. If you see that you like it, want to tackle more remote places, stay out for longer, do more technical trails, you can add more stuff after.
But there is no point in sinking a lot of money if you never been on any trips .
Camping mods, I would say power, and storage stuff..