Every season is outdoor season if you have a 4WD. So whether you’re going for a drive into the bush or venturing into one of Australia’s lush rainforests, it’s essential to carry all the gear you’ll need. Not being prepared could result in you merely being slightly annoyed, or it could be a perilous situation.
Going on a 4×4 road trip but not sure what you should bring? A seasoned off-roader but looking to up your game? Then look no further; check out our top 11 must-have accessories for any 4×4 enthusiast.
11 Must-Haves For a Safe, Enjoyable 4x4 Road Trip
#1. 4x4 Driving lights
If you’re driving through dark country roads or going on misty trails, you need some quality lights to ensure that you can see the road ahead of you. Without proper lighting, you won’t be able to see obstacles and avoid those that would be difficult for your 4WD to handle.
#2. Vehicle Jack
A flat tyre can happen anywhere, and it is pretty much guaranteed to happen at some point. When it occurs, you need to be able to jack your vehicle up and change the tyre.
Vehicle jacks can lift your vehicle enough to allow you to get under it and make changing a tyre that much easier. Learning how to use one is easy, but be sure you know what you’re doing before you go too far!
#3. Ratchet straps
When going 4x4ing a key and often overlooked accessory are your ratchet straps. Ratchet straps are crucial as they are literally what’s going to attach some of your belongings to your beloved 4WD.
Our Lock & Loaded Heavy Duty Retractable Ratchet Straps retract into the spool, meaning there are no annoying loose ends. On top of that, they’re reflective, so they’re easy to use at night. These have a 750kg lashing capacity – that’s a lot of stuff!
#4. Riggers gloves
If you’re going to be using ratchet straps on your car, you’re also going to need riggers gloves – these handy gloves will protect your hands and fingers while operating your ratchet straps to make sure you are 100% fit and healthy for the entirety of your trip. Don’t risk getting blisters or cuts – they could affect your driving which could in turn lead to dangerous consequences.
#5. Cargo Barrier:
A cargo barrier is an essential accessory for 4WD owners. The aim is to separate your car boot from the cabin. If the road is treacherous, you don’t want your luggage sliding around and potentially injuring you or your passengers.
A cargo barrier is safe and convenient and is highly recommended for any 4×4 enthusiast.
One inevitable truth of 4x4ing is that you will be bringing a lot of stuff with you. So what do you do if you end up parking near other people either on your way out or on your way back? How do you stop people from stealing all your stuff?
That’s where our anti-theft lock straps come in. These straps come with a padlock that you can set to whatever code you like and, once attached, will help protect your belongings from prying fingers.
#7. Rear Drawers:
These are an invaluable addition to your 4×4 arsenal. Rear drawers are perfect for keeping any loose items you might choose to bring with you, such as tools, spare parts, etc. With a trusty set of rear drawers for your 4WD, you can go on a long journey without worrying about any loose items getting lost beneath your cargo, and they are readily accessible whenever you need them.
#8. Dual Battery System:
If you have any powered electrical gear such as a fridge or stove, then a dual battery system is a must. This clever system ensures that your starter battery doesn’t get drained as you kick back, have a cold beer, and cook yourself a rustic meal in the outdoors. On top of this, many dual battery systems nowadays can be paired with solar panels on your 4WD roof so that you can have a real off-grid experience.
If you need something more heavy-duty than our regular ratchet straps, then an E-track wheel chock kit is what you’re looking for. An E-track kit is a cargo control system designed to make attaching your belongings in your 4WD that much easier and more secure. They work by allowing you to secure your belongings to the walls of your 4×4 and are a key bit of kit for the serious off-roader.
#9. UHF or HF Radio:
A UHF or HF Radio is essential if you travel with a convoy, in the wild, or in areas with no phone reception. If anything goes wrong, you want to be able to communicate with someone. A UHF radio is a vital tool to keep handy in case you need help.
#10. Recovery Boards:
Recovery boards are essential 4WD accessories to take with you when heading into the wild. They help your vehicle in situations where the traction on the road or pathway doesn’t allow for you to cross safely or for when you get – quite literally – stuck in the mud.
On top of their primary use, you can use them as a platform to change a tire, direct your vehicle out of a slippery bank, as a way to prevent your vehicle from sinking in grass or mud overnight, or even as a makeshift shovel.
A shovel is the most dependable accessory a 4×4 enthusiast can have. A shovel is fantastic for many things, including:
- Rescuing a bogged vehicle
- Creating a makeshift toilet (we’ve all been there…)
- Digging a fire pit
- Spreading coals around your campfire and the lid of your camp oven
- And many more uses!
Do not underestimate the humble spade. It has saved countless off-roaders when they needed it most.
4x4 spare parts
If you’re going on a road trip, ensure that you visit the SRP Auto website for a broad range of 4WD accessories and spare parts. View our entire range of Lock and Load Transport Products online, and contact us for anything else you need for your trip with your 4WD.
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