The Ultimate Overland Checklist

The Ultimate Overland Checklist

This list will give you a great starting point for the supplies you need to bring on your journey.

Note: This basic supply list assumes you have a capable rig for what you want to do. Know before you go! Do your research on the terrain/weather of your destination. You’ll need to adjust your equipment and provision amounts depending on the duration of your trip, but with this setup you are good for many days.

Bring a journal to help fine tune your overland checklist! Each time I go out, I make a note of:

  1. The things I had that I don’t need.
  2. The things I needed and didn’t have.

By doing this, my list gets better and more refined every time I go out. I have naturally consolidated to three main categories packed in three big cases over time. The advantage of this method is that you can get out of town and into the great outdoors in 20 minutes since your cases are already packed! The categories are:

  1. Kitchen and camp utilities
  2. Dry goods
  3. Chairs and tables

The configuration packs tight. Organization will keep you sane

Overland Checklist

  1. An Overland Rig
  2. Water (2 gal. per person per day)
  3. Cooler (cold foods according to your meal plan)
  4. First Aid
  5. Tent
  6. Map/GPS/Delorme
  7. Clothes
  8. Bedding (pads, sleeping bags, pillows)
  9. Camp Kitchen
  10. Table
  11. Chairs
  12. Truck Tools
  13. Winch Tools

Here is where we get organized!

Three Cases:

Case 1: Dry Goods

We stock for more than 1 trip, and the amount and variety of items reflect having kiddos in our pack. The dry goods case is our pantry. This list is the easiest to change up and make appropriate for you. Our shopping trip before heading out of town is to get items like green apples, pastry treats for a ‘special’ breakfast for kids, vegetables of all sorts (pre-cut), cheese, deli meats, etc.

  1. Canned Tuna
  2. Canned Soup
  3. Canned Black Beans
  4. Canned Kidney Beans
  5. Canned Chili/Hearty Stew
  6. Dried or fresh Fruit
  7. Canned Whole Tomatoes
  8. Canned Tomato Paste
  9. Spices: Sugar, salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt
  10. Olive Oil
  11. Almond/Soy Milk
  12. Energy Bars
  13. Spaghetti Pasta
  14. Spaghetti Sauce
  15. Fusillo Pasta
  16. Nuts
  17. Coffee
  18. Peanut/Almond Butter
  19. Small jar of jelly
  20. Hot Chocolate
  21. Hersey Bars
  22. Marshmallows
  23. Graham Crackers
  24. Saltine Crackers
  25. Cold Cereal
  26. Instant Oatmeal
  27. Steak Sauce
  28. Balsamic Vinegar
  29. Sriracha Chili Sauce
  30. Cholula Hot Sauce
  31. Tortillas
  32. Chips
  33. Salsa

Again, we’re going through who we pack out a dry good case. Streamline or expand for your needs!

Case 2: Hardware

  1. Coleman Lantern
  2. Coleman Stove
  3. Trash Bags
  4. Propane
  5. Insect Repellent
  6. Camp Bowls
  7. Silverware Sets
  8. Wet Ones
  9. GSI Pinnacle Camper Kit (pots, pans, plates, cups)
  10. Thin Plastic Cutting Board
  11. Coffee Filters & Pour Over Kit
  12. MSR Water Filter
  13. Fire Bag (lots of ways to start a fire – wet, dry, strike, lighter, fuel, gels, etc.)
  14. Cooking utensils
  15. Knife X 2
  16. Paper Towels
  17. First Aid Kit
  18. Bottle/Can Opener
  19. Aluminum Foil
  20. Napkins
  21. Kleenex
  22. Paper Plates
  23. Toilet Paper (Mountain Money)

Case 3: Chai

  1. Folding Chairs (4)
  2. Fishing Poles (3)
  3. Dish Washing Station
  4. Sleeping Pads

3-Day Meal Plan – Weekend Config.

This menu reflects how we roll with kids on a quick weekend out of town.

Day 1

  1. Dinner
    • Chips & Salsa
    • Easy to heat up canned chili/stew
    • Saltine Crackers
    • Carrots/veggie with hummus

Day 2

  1. Breakfast
    • Cold Cereal w/ Almond Milk
    • Apples w/ Almond Butter
    • Coffee
  2. Lunch
    • Flour Tortilla rolled with lunch meat, cheese, veggies & Cholula (or PB&J!)
    • Chips & Salsa
    • Trail Mix
    • Apples w/ Almond Butter
  3. Dinner
    • Hunk of meat
    • Red Potatoes in Foil/with canned tomatoes, can of beans, veggies and seasoning
    • Broccoli w/ garlic salt and pepper

Day  3

  1. Breakfast
    • Fruit
    • Instant Oatmeal
    • Pastries
  2. Lunch (on the road)
    • Huge Burger from a drive-thru