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Overlanding Adventure Basics

Jeeps built by Zeus Off Road overlanding in Parashant National Monument District

Overlanding is more than modern car camping.

Overlanding, by definition, is self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey itself, is the primary goal. If you are new to this amazing world of adventure travel it can be intimidating. Just get out there and learn what works for you. As with most things, there is no one right answer.

Below we are going to start by breaking down some great Overlanding Adventure basics and resources to help you get the most out of your adventure. We will be following up this post with more in-depth information on the topics below.


The Vehicle: The right vehicle for you depends on your style, where you like to go, and how long you plan to be gone. There are amazing overland vehicles in midsize SUV's like Subaru, Lexus, 4Runner, or Grand Cherokees. You can find robust, capable builds on Jeeps and midsize trucks like Tacomas or Colorados. Full-size truck more your style? There are plenty of overland options for full-size trucks and SUV's. The biggest thing is to make sure it has the level of off-road capability and recovery appropriate for your style of overlanding. Not sure? Attend local events like "Rigs and Coffee" to see a variety of vehicles. builds and gear. Also, don't be afraid to ask the experts at Zeus for recommendations.


Local Events: Check out events like our Overlanding 101, or Overlanding Prep weekends. It's a great place to see different rigs and gear firsthand.


Get Involved: Join local groups like Minnesota Overlanders, Softroaders MN, North Star Jeep Club, Mid State Overland, LROC (Ladies Rock Off Road Club), TLOR (Tread Lightly Off-Road), and MN4WDA. Check them out on Facebook, then get involved. These groups are helpful and are often tossing out invites for small group outings close to home. And occasionally, organize more epic adventures.


Where to go? For local trips close to home, check out resources like the MN B2B Touring Route, and MN DNR, ask your favorite groups or explore routes on Google Maps or Gaia GPS


Tread Lightly: Off-road experiences and dispersed camping or camping in "unimproved" camping spots come with a responsibility to Tread Lightly. Familiarize and follow these principles of promoting ethics and responsible recreation. This helps keep trails and areas open and accessible for public access.


The Right Gear: This can be as complicated or as simple as you like. You will find people who travel very light and simple, and those who bring everything, including the kitchen sink. It depends on your style and tolerance for creature comforts, space in your vehicle, and the type of trip you like.

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