What Are the Basic Gadgets I Should use in Overland Trip?

basic gadgets in overland trip

Earlier, we talked about how to start first overlanding on a budget, these gears fall into 4 aspects, and in this article, we will take about the specific basic gadgets I should use in an overland trip.

Things you need to carry in your overland trip

Embarking on an overland trip can be an incredibly rewarding experience, allowing you to explore remote areas, connect with nature, and challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible. However, to make the most of your adventure, you’ll need to come prepared with the right gear and equipment. In this article, we’ll explore some of the basic gadgets you should consider bringing along on your overland trip to Nimble.

Rooftop or other Tent

A rooftop tent is a type of camping tent that is designed to be mounted on top of a vehicle roof rack or bed. It is a popular choice for overland enthusiasts, allowing them to camp comfortably and safely, even in remote locations.

Rooftop tents are quick and easy to set up and take down. This is because they are already mounted on top of the vehicle, so there is no need to find a flat and level camping spot, clear rocks and debris, and stake the tent to the ground. A rooftop tent frees up valuable storage space inside the vehicle that a traditional ground tent would otherwise occupy.

There are also other tents for shelter, and some enthusiasts will keep both rooftop rent as well as a ground tent. I think it’s all right to keep two kinds of tents depending on the destination you are heading to.

This is the Desert Armor Ninja tent, and it’s a clamshell, obviously. It folds up fast and deploys fast. One of the biggest things I noticed, comparing it to Mount Hood, was that the awning attached up here comes out. The CVT Mount Hood is flush all the way through, and you only get the front awning. You don’t get side protection.

rooftop tent in overland trip


An awning for a roof tent is an additional attachment that provides shade and protection from the elements, such as rain or sun. It is typically attached to the side or the front of the roof tent and extends outwards to create a covered outdoor space.

To use an awning for a roof tent, first, you need to ensure that your roof tent is properly set up and secured. Once your roof tent is set up, you can attach the awning to the side or front of the tent using the provided mounting hardware.

Then, extend the awning outwards to the desired length and secure it to the ground using stakes or weights. Some awnings may come with additional poles or support bars to provide extra stability and prevent the awning from collapsing.

Once the awning is set up, you can use it as a shaded outdoor space for lounging, cooking, or dining. When you’re ready to pack up, make sure to carefully take down the awning and stow it away properly to avoid any damage or wear and tear.

Water Tank 

You may want to use water for everything from rinsing dishes to cleaning up. If your water port doesn’t provide self-pressurized water, you can attach it to a cheaper air compressor. Then you will have a nice little pistol grip that hooks up right to the Schrader valve of the water Port and charges it up pretty fast.

water ports in overland trip

Diesel heater

A diesel heater for camping is a heating system designed to keep you warm during cold nights while camping in your RV or van. It is a type of heater that uses diesel fuel to generate heat and can be installed inside your camping vehicle or outside a designated area.

Diesel heaters are popular because they are efficient, safe, and affordable. They use a small amount of fuel and require minimal power, making them ideal for off-grid camping. They are also safe because they have features such as automatic shut-off if they detect low oxygen levels or overheating. You can take a one-gallon container for the diesel.

I opted for the standard Chinese style and added a dryer duct-style hose and worm clamp from Amazon for added durability. To mount it, I used a Milwaukee hole saw to create a hole for the exhaust and fixed it with a tire table step. While testing it out, I’m considering moving the heater into a modified Pelican case for added convenience and portability.

heaters in overland trip

Tool bag Roll and other tools

Some will purchase a toolbox, but I would prefer a tool bag roll. You can get one from Rhino USA for only 150 bucks. Make sure the sizes of the tool bag roll, tire repair kit, and other tools fit your organiser’s size to keep all the tools organized and accessible.


The light you should bring when overlanding depends on your specific needs and the type of overland you’ll be doing. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

Headlamp: A headlamp is an essential piece of gear when overlanding. It allows you to keep your hands free while you set up camp or cook dinner and can be used as a backup light source.

Lantern: A lantern can provide a lot of light and can be hung up to illuminate your campsite. Look for one that is durable and has multiple brightness settings.

Flashlight: A flashlight is a good backup to a headlamp and can light up specific areas or signal for help.

LED Strip Lights: LED strip lights are a popular option for overland because they can be used to light up your entire campsite, and they’re relatively easy to install.

Spotlights: Spotlights can be useful if you’re travelling off-road or need to light up a specific area. Look for a spotlight that is durable and has a long battery life.

When selecting lights for overland, consider the light’s quality, the device’s durability, the brightness and battery life, and any specific needs you may have. It’s also important to bring spare batteries or a way to recharge your lights.

Air compressor

Another important consideration is investing in a high-quality air compressor 12v, rather than the cheaper options at Walmart that plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. Purchasing a more expensive compressor with alligator clips that can be directly hooked up to your car’s battery and a normal valve to connect to your tire is recommended.

portable air compressors in overland trip

These compressors are incredibly useful for a variety of reasons, such as when you need to air down your tires on a trail to gain more traction or improve the ride quality, or to prevent punctures from sharp rocks. You can then use the compressor at the end of your trail to inflate your tires back to their normal pressure before driving on pavement. It’s worth browsing sites to find a reliable, high-quality option.

Cooking stuff

When overland, it’s important to have the right cooking gear to ensure that you can prepare meals and snacks easily and efficiently. Here are some cooking gear essentials to consider:

Stove: A portable stove is a must-have for overland. Look for a stove that is easy to use, fuel-efficient, and can accommodate your cooking needs. You can choose between propane stoves, butane stoves, and liquid fuel stoves, depending on your preference.

Cookware: To prepare meals, you’ll need pots, pans, and other cookware. Look for durable, lightweight, and stackable cookware that can easily store in your vehicle. Stainless steel or cast iron pans are durable options.

Utensils: Bring a set of utensils that includes a spatula, spoon, tongs, and a can opener. Don’t forget about utensils for eating, such as forks, knives, spoons, and plates.

When selecting cooking gear for overland, consider the size of your group, the length of your trip, and your cooking needs. It’s important to choose gear that is durable, easy to use, and easy to store in your vehicle.


Choosing a cooler or fridge for your car can depend on a few factors, such as your budget, how much storage capacity you need, and how often you plan to use it. Here are some steps you can follow to help you choose the right cooler or fridge for your car.

coolers in overland trip

1, Determine your budget: Before you start looking at coolers or fridges, it’s important to determine how much you’re willing to spend. This will help you narrow down your options and avoid overspending.

2, Consider your storage needs: Consider how much food and drinks you’ll need to store in the cooler or fridge. If you plan to use it for short trips, a smaller cooler may suffice, but if you plan to go on longer trips, you may need a larger fridge.

3, Decide on the type: There are two main types of coolers/fridges for cars: thermoelectric and compressor. Thermoelectric coolers are typically cheaper and use a small fan to circulate cold air. At the same time, compressor fridges are more expensive and use a compressor, similar to a regular refrigerator, to cool the contents. Compressor fridges are generally more efficient and can cool to lower temperatures.

4, Look for additional features: Consider if you need any additional features such as adjustable temperature controls, a built-in battery monitor, or a removable basket.

5, Read reviews: Read reviews from other buyers to get an idea of the cooler or fridge’s performance, durability, and overall quality.

6, Check compatibility: Make sure the cooler or fridge is compatible with your car’s power supply. Some models may require a 12V or 24V power supply, so check your car’s manual to ensure compatibility.

7, Purchase and test: Once you’ve chosen the cooler or fridge that best meets your needs, purchase it and test it out before your trip to ensure it’s working properly and to familiarize yourself with its features.

If you already have a cooler in your car, you may want to use it for a start. With time passing by, you get all kinds of gear in your car, and then you will come to a conclusion about what size of fridge you want to mount in the truck.

First aid kit in overland trip

When it comes to overland, it’s important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in case of any medical emergencies. You can get an average one from amazon, they are cheap and easy to get.

Portable power station

There is no need to say why you need a power station. Then it will come to the question of how to choose a portable power station.

power station in overland trip

Here are some factors to consider:

Capacity: The capacity of a portable power station refers to the amount of energy it can store, which is usually measured in watt-hours (Wh) or amp-hours (Ah). Choose a power station with a capacity that meets your power needs. Consider the devices you plan to charge or power and how long you need to use them.

Output power: Check the power station’s output power, which is usually measured in watts (W). This will determine what devices you can power or charge, as some devices require more power than others. Look for a power station that has multiple output options, including AC, DC, and USB ports, to accommodate different devices.

Charging options: Consider how you will recharge the power station. Most portable power stations can be recharged using solar panels or AC wall outlets. Some models can also be recharged using car chargers. Check the recharge time for the power station, as this can vary depending on the method used.

Weight and portability: Since you’ll be carrying the power station around with you, it’s important to consider its weight and portability. Look for a model that is lightweight and easy to transport, especially if you plan to use it while camping or traveling.

Durability and build quality: A portable power station should be built to withstand outdoor use and should be durable enough to handle bumps and falls. Look for models made from high-quality materials that have been tested to ensure they can withstand the elements.

Brand reputation and customer reviews: Research the brand and read customer reviews before purchasing a portable power station. Look for brands with a good reputation for producing high-quality products and check reviews to see how other users have found the power station to perform in real-world situations.

Considering these factors, you can choose a portable power station that meets your needs and provides reliable power when needed.

These are the gadgets I brought with me when I had a weekend trail in Nimble. Pack in and out, and leave no trace on the camping spot.

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