Overland Checklist

Overland Checklist

Whenever I am heading out on an adventure, I always start by creating an overland checklist and then modify it with every adventure I am on. I have various lists. One for every kind of adventure. Backpacking, overland adventures, camping, travel. And my lists vary with items I have, and items I might invest in the future. However I always have one main list for overland adventures. The Overland Checklist, the one that I always aim at, and slowly I invest, purchase and upgrade items to better my experience when going overland. Below I will share the Overland Checklist. Some of the items will be a bit vague, such as tool kit. Just an important note, this article will be updated from time to time, as I learn more and experience this craft, I will update this so anyone that wants to use it or help update can do so. Also this may serve as an incentive, as it might show everyone that you do not need much to get started, however as most of you know and have passion for this, it is almost never enough.


My list is divided into ten categories. I will explain current setup and what in my mind is ideal too. These are as follows.

1. General

The general section would be the most obvious items.

Overland Vehicle


Bedding – sleeping bag, inflatable mat

Spare Tyre

Various types of rope (can be used for various tasks)

Wood Stove if going to cold areas

2. Kitchen

This section is all about anything that has to do with the kitchen aspect of camping.

Folding Table




LPG Gas Tank

Kitchen Utensils



Washing Liquid

Trash Bags

Insect Repellent

Water Filter

Bottle/Can Opener

Aluminium Foil


Washing Basin

Multiple fire sources (Lighter, matches, waterproof matches, electric lighter)

3. Food

Dry goods (Cans, pasta, nuts, coffee, anything that has a long shelf life)

Meat, milk, cheese and anything else that needs to be stored in a cool place depends highly on the fridge or cooler situation. I wish to buy a fridge, however it is not something I can invest in at the moment, but so far I have a cooler, fill it out with ice packs and a frozen 2 litre bottle of water, and it keeps cool for a few days, and I usually consume anything in the first couple of days and replace with frozen items from a supermarket along the way to keep the temperature cool. Or fill it out with ice flakes.

4. Bathroom

Shower Tent

Solar shower bag

12v Shower

Folding Toilet although at the moment I have a chemical toilet, which is too bulky.


I know that an LPG water heater exists, so far I never needed it, and apart from expensive it looks quite bulky. But it could be an option for cold climates. I personally like a cold shower and if need be some water on the stove and sorted.

5. Electrics

This area I am still a bit shaky on. At the moment I am pretty much running everything on cigarette lighters on my own vehicle. After some research I will be updating this section quite soon.

Leisure Battery

Infrastructure for Leisure Battery – as in USB ports, 12v sockets and inverter system

Solar charger and panels

16 amp cables to be able to connect to a campsite hookup

Extension Cables

Campsite lighting



6. Clothing

Everything that is required to the season and temperatures travelling in, and waterproofs(always just in case).

7. Electronics


Camera Gear

Head torch


Charging cables

Portable Speaker

8. Emergency

This is something very important

i. Comms

Mobile phone

CB Radio

Spot tracker






Garmin InReach (something I really wish for safety reasons but still have to invest since it is expensive)

Road Flare

ii. Vehicle Recovery

Recovery Straps

Hi-Lift Jack


Tools – someday I will post something specific on tools in more detail


Tyre Repair Kit

Winch – if planning to go off the road

MaxTrax – ideal but quite expensive

iii. Health

First Aid – well supplied

Fire Extinguishers

Medication Kit


9. Water

At the moment I work with Jerry Cans. Eventually I think I will upgrade to onboard fixed tanks around the vehicle. However I still work well with the Jerry Cans and some collapsible tanks. Reason for this being in a section on its own, since I always treat it as such. It is used for bathroom, kitchen, general purpose, and needs to be kept separate from everything else.

10. Navigation

Garmin GPS – I have a model that is issued for camper vans, which is helpful since it lists all the campsites.

Offline Maps on mobile phone as backup

Printed Maps – you can never go wrong


What do you guys think? Any additions or adjustment you would make to the above?


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