If you have a 4x4 then you more than likely have had more than a few times where you have considered taking your 4x4 out for a wild ride. If you are thinking of doing this then you want to make sure you are prepared for times when you may find yourself in over your head and stuck in a situation that's hard to get out of. Even 4x4s aren't invincible and can end up getting stuck. When these times occur, it's important for you to be well-prepared. Here are some of the things you want to make sure to bring with you on your 4x4 adventure:
Water for the occupants
You should bring enough water for everyone in the vehicle to drink if you should get stuck. Make sure you have enough water to last you until you would be able to walk to civilization or until someone is able to come help you, so you know you are covered no matter what.
Food for everyone
Along with water, you want to have food for everyone to eat until you can get back to a populated area, or until help arrives. Some good types of food to bring with you are ones that don't require cooking and will last for a while, such as granola bars, trail mix, already cooked canned meals with popup lids, beef jerky, etc.
Always make sure you have enough blankets for everyone going with you and for yourself. You want to prepare for the possibility of needing to stay the night in the vehicle and if it gets cold then you'll need these.
You won't want to waste all of your gas keeping the heater running. If you are going somewhere in a season when the nights can get very cold, then you should have an emergency heater. You can make one by removing the cardboard from the center of a roll of toilet paper. Then, put the toilet paper in a tin coffee can. Bring some Isopropyl alcohol with you. If you need heat, pour the alcohol in the can with the toilet paper in it until it covers the toilet paper. Light the toilet paper and stay warm.
4x4 recovery kit
It's also important for you to make sure you have invested in a 4x4 recovery kit before you head out on that first excursion. This is going to make it a lot easier for you to get pulled out from someone if you do end up getting yourself stuck. Without a recovery kit, you may not be able to get help from anyone you run into and will have to wait for someone to make the journey out to you who can pull you free.