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Tips For Overlanding In The UK

Top Tip Guide for Overlanding in the UK: An overland adventure is a long trip that requires camping and off-road driving, so preparing all your supplies in advance is a must. This guide will help you prepare with easy tips for overlanding in the UK.

  1. Preparing for the Weather:
  • The UK weather can be unpredictable, so pack for all seasons. Ensure you have clothing suitable for rain, wind, and cold temperatures (around the campfire at night), as well as some lightweight options for warmer days.
  • Invest in high-quality waterproof gear, including jackets, pants, and boots, to keep you dry during outdoor activities.
  • Always check the weather forecast before embarking on your journey, and be prepared to adjust your plans if needed.
  • Carry essential items like a first aid kit, emergency blankets, and extra food and water in case you get caught in adverse weather conditions.
  1. Planning the Route using Trailwise 2:
  • Utilise Trailwise 2, a mapping software that specialises in off-road and outdoor activities, to plan your overlanding routes. It provides detailed trail information, topographic maps, and points of interest relevant to overlanding.
  • Identify campsite options along the way, and ensure you have permission to camp at these locations, especially in national parks and private lands. Pre booking is becoming essential as popularity for camping has soared since Covid/lockdown.
  • Use Trailwise 2 to mark potential fuel stops, grocery stores, and other essential services to avoid any unexpected shortages during your journey.
  • Be aware of any seasonal trail closures or restrictions to avoid unnecessary detours or fines/permit requirements.
  1. Upgrading Storage Capabilities in the Vehicle:
  • Overlanding requires ample storage for camping gear, food supplies, and other necessities. Consider upgrading your vehicle’s storage capabilities to accommodate all your equipment.
  • Install a sturdy roof rack or a roof-mounted cargo box to free up interior space and carry bulkier items like tents and camping chairs.
  • Utilise drawer systems or storage boxes in the rear of the vehicle to keep your gear organised and easily accessible.
  • If you plan on carrying extra fuel and water, invest in specialised jerry cans or water storage solutions that are designed for overlanding and can be securely mounted to the vehicle.
  • Keep the weight distribution in mind to maintain your vehicle’s handling and stability while off-roading.

Remember, safety is paramount during overlanding adventures. Always let someone know your planned route and estimated return time. Have a means of communication (like a satellite phone or a reliable mobile network) in case of emergencies. Respect the environment and local regulations to ensure a positive experience for yourself and others. Happy overlanding!

At West Coast Off Road Centre the UK Importer for Ironman 4×4, our roof racks, rugged cases and steel drawers give overland travellers a way to protect and organise all their supplies on the go.

Remember these tips before your next overland adventure to overcome avoidable obstacles in your path and have the best time possible!

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