An overland trip offers a way to view different scenery than what you would view if you were to take a trip to the city or to the coast. You can see different kinds of wildlife and drive or walk on trails that allow you to get up close and personal to nature. There are a few things that you want to check before you go on your trip and a few things that you want to make sure that you have with you in the event of an emergency and to ensure that everyone is comfortable on the trip.
One of the components of an overland trip planner is to check your vehicle to make sure there are no issues with the tires, the brakes, or the fluids. You also need to examine the belts and hoses as well as the electrical system. If you’re like most people who take an overland trip, then you won’t be near a large city for at least a short time. This means that you might not have the best cell phone signal or be able to quickly reach help if it’s needed. Your vehicle is often your lifeline to get to safety or to get someone where they need to be if something does happen on your trip.
Make notes about your route and some of the places you want to see. Look at maps to view the topography of the land as these maps will give you insights as to rivers, creeks, and caves that are in the area as well as the trails and roads. Give your location and phone number to someone who isn’t going on the trip in case you aren’t back by a designated time. Check the weather to see if it’s supposed to rain or if there’s supposed to be any kind of severe weather in the area while on your trip.