If you are in the process of outfitting your 4WD truck with all of the necessary items for going on an off-roading trip, then there are many items that will make your rig both safer and reduce your risk of becoming stranded out in the middle of nowhere.
Here is a list of essential off-roading items you should consider installing on your truck before your trip:
A Brush Guard
Since you will be driving through some brush or tall grasses when you are out off-roading, it is always a good idea to protect the front of your truck with a brush guard. A large metal brush guard will protect the front of your truck from becoming dented from the brush that has larger sized stalks in it, and it will also protect the paint job on the front of your vehicle. Since your truck's radiator lies just behind the front of your truck, protecting it against abuse is always a good idea.
A Self-Recovery Winch
Part of the fun of off-roading is getting to drive through streams, puddles, and mud. However, this becomes a lot less fun when you get stuck and have to dig yourself out of a mess. To avoid this common fate, you should install a self-recovery winch on the bottom of your new brush guard. Buy a guard that has this capability so you can winch from the front of your truck where you have the most visibility from behind the wheel. And, don't forget to take the time to learn how to use the winch at home before you are in a situation where you need to use it!
An Off-Road LED Light Bar
If you plan to do any off-roading at night, then a LED light bar installed on the top of your truck is an essential item. When you are driving down the road, you only need enough light to see ahead of your vehicle. However, when you are off of the road and out in the woods, you need as much light as you can get to see around your truck. Since LED lights are a lot brighter than traditional lights and use a lot less battery power from your truck, an off-road LED light bar is the best solution.
Rear End Gas Container Mounts
Finally, when you are off-road it is always a good idea to carry some extra gasoline in case you manage to get lost. Since you do not want gas cans sliding around in the back of your rig, you should install some rear end gas container mounts on to your truck. The mounts will hold the gas containers safely in place even on the roughest of trails.