Your overland vehicle, your lifeline, deserves a storage strategy that aligns with its role as your mobile base camp. Overlanding storage ideas should revolve around efficiency and accessibility. Storage boxes are a popular choice, offering secure and organized ways to store gear, and they’re one of our favorite methods to take essentials on the road. These can be strategically placed within the vehicle or mounted on roof racks for additional space. When selecting storage boxes, consider the material (for durability) and size (for fitting your gear without overcrowding the vehicle).
Roof Rack & Rack Accessories
A roof rack is essential, providing extra space for bulky items like tents, spare tires, and fuel containers. Ever notice how your rig feels a bit different with gear on the roof? That’s the aerodynamics at play. While a roof rack can add to the overall aesthetic of your vehicle I’ve learned to appreciate a sleek, aerodynamic roof rack. It minimizes wind resistance, preventing a noticeable dip in fuel efficiency. Your gas mileage will thank you.
Try to always place heavier items closer to your vehicle’s center to maintain balance. Be mindful of the weight because a few bumps and jolts can turn into a full-on obstacle course. Having been there, we’d recommend not just eyeballing your gear’s weight but factoring in the forces that off-road adventures throw at your rig. Choose a rack that can handle both your gear and the unexpected.
If you want something a bit more personalized to your vehicle you can splash out on a custom solution to fit specific needs and vehicle models, making every inch count. However, that can sometimes be a bit costly.
If you’re looking to be a bit more budget-friendly why not add drawers to your overland setup? It means no more digging through bags to find that elusive tool or snack – everything has its designated spot, making on-the-go access a breeze. Just take care to secure the drawers before setting off on your journey – you do not want to have everything flying everywhere if you hit particularly rough terrain.
However, if you’re just looking to store smaller items, one often underused area is the vertical space above. Hanging pouches for smaller items keeps clutter at bay and can help neatly organize storage – just be careful not to obscure your view while driving.