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Planning your off Road Forest Adventure: Here is Your Checklist

Planning your off road adventure- here is a checklist

Off-roading can bring you fun, excitement, and just a little bit of danger. But when you have an itch to head out and hit the trails, it’s not as simple as taking a hard right turn into the open country. You’ve got to plan your trip and prepare, after all, a lot can happen out there. If you’re planning on taking the rig out on its first off-road adventure, be sure to check out this list of tip and tricks and gain a little bit of trail wisdom.

If this is your first rodeo, we should dispel a common misconception right out of the gate: off-roading is not really off-road. It’s not on paved roads, no, but it’s not a matter of heading out into the forest with no destination in mind either. What you’ll want to find are permitted off-road trails in your area where you can follow a worn path, but also have fun and test your vehicle’s limits along the way. The National Parks Service maintains quite a few paths and that’s a good place to start your search.

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We like to think of off-roading like backpacking, except in this case, the backpack is your vehicle. There are plenty of odds and ends you won’t want to be without. Flashlights, and even road flares can sure come in handy, even when you don’t plan on needing them. After all, you never plan on getting a flat, but you wouldn’t want to go off-roading without a spare tire, jack, and tire iron.

But some things won’t fit in your backpack, or your vehicle – in particular: a buddy. It’s always best to go out in a group if you can, and avoid long treks on your lonesome. Not only is it more fun but if you break down out in the wilderness, the assurance that a good friend is right there with you is better insurance than a trunk full of tools and spare parts. You can always take classes to ensure you drive your best on the trails, but no amount of know-how can replace a little bit of back-up.

Pre Designated trails will help prevent you from running hood first into a log, or ending up in a river. That said, they’re no cakewalk either. It’s important to drive fully alert and at the top of your ability. Even still, moderate to severe damages to your vehicle, especially in the front end, are always in the realm of possibilities. Your factory bumper likely won’t be of much help – which is why you’ll notice many off-roaders have elected to add an aftermarket bumper specifically suited to off-roading.

Another piece of protection a lot of trailheads go for is a set of nerf bars or running boards. These easily installed steps line the side of your truck or SUV and serve a dual purpose. For one thing, they help you and your passengers climb into your vehicle, and they bring the added bonus of knocking rocks and other debris out-of-the-way while off-roading. Whenever you’re off-roading, pebbles, stones, and other paint-scratching scraps are being constantly tossed up by your spinning tires. Dents, dings, and even cracked windows are no stranger to the trails, which is why a set of side steps can really come in handy.

Another popular name for off-roading is “mudding”, and if you venture out in wet conditions you’ll see why. Plenty of people live for getting a good afternoon of mudslinging in, and this is definitely not the time to try to keep your ride clean. In fact, driving back into town with a mud-covered beast is a badge of honor in some circles.

But we’ve found even the muddiest of mudders like to keep their interiors clean if they can which can be a difficult feat, especially if you need to get out and give your pal a push at any point. This is where rubberized all-weather floor mats really come in handy. The deep walls and thick construction of these mats can hold plenty of dirt and mud. Plus just like your vehicle’s exterior, you can just hose these off in your driveway when you get home.


Off-roading, like camping or backpacking, is one of those activities where you might feel like you could never bring too much. And yet, you’ll always feel like you’re forgetting something important. So in addition to the above mentioned items, we’ve prepared a checklist of helpful tools that you’ll always be glad you brought when the time to use them presents itself.

Check-list: – Water (one gallon per person per day)

– Food and trail rations (Twice the amount you think you’ll need)

– Extra Gasoline (Jerry cans)

– First aid kit

– Full Sized Spare Tire

– Jack and Tire Iron

– Basic Tool Box

– Hand Sanitizer

– Flashlight

– Flares

– Sun screen

– Extra clothes

– Rain jacket

– Maps

– Trash bags

– Bug spray

– Sunglasses

– Jumper cables

– Duct tape

– Utility knife

– Air pump and pressure gauge

– Rags

– Super glue

– Paper towels

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Jake McKenzie is a writer with AutoAccessoriesGarage. In addition to writing about cars, trucks, and the automotive world.

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Planning your off road adventure- here is a checklist


10 Adventure Activities in Kashmir

Adventure activities in Kashmir


While for rest of the wanderers, Kashmir is a dewdrop in the ocean of otherwise monotony, for rest this gorgeous piece of land is an opportunity to explore the adventure bug residing in them!

If you are looking forward to feeding your adventure bug, get ready for some of the amazing sports, thrilling treks and exhilarating activities that will get you packing your stuff as soon as you complete reading this piece! 

  1. Trekking – make your way through the wilderness:

While there is an array of adventure things to do in Kashmir, there is one activity that one certainly cannot miss here! Indulge in exciting trekking trails, trek through the snow kissed mountain ranges, make your way through streaming waterfalls, ascend-descend through luxuriant valleys and stay captivated within the stunning landscapes of this region.

Treks in Kashmir are well-known among trekkers from all over the globe. While some treks can be undertaken only in summers as compared to rest which provides a joyous experience only in winters. Thus, it might not be wrong as honouring this place as the ‘Trek Capital of the India’.

  1. Skiing – slide, tumble, balance on the thick blanket of snow:

Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Thanjiwas glaciers in Sonmarg valley are well acclaimed for their idyllic conditions that make them ideal for the skiing enthusiasts. Annually, a number of national, as well as international skiing competitions, are organized in order to arouse traveller’s interest in the provided adventure activities in Kashmir.

Whether you are an amateur or an expert, you will always find these places provoking the adventure bug in you! Also to add here, for the novice skiers, they can learn basic tips and tricks of skiing in any of the skiing training camps within these regions.

  1. Mountain Biking – ride through rugged terrains of Leh-Ladakh:

Adventure comes in different forms and ways! While some find trekking as the best way to pump up their adrenaline, others find the thrill in mountain biking in Kashmir! And for these adventure junkies, no other destinations can satiate their yearnings like Leh-Ladakh can!

Known for their rugged and challenging terrains, mountain biking in Leh-Ladakh region in one of the best adventure things to do in Kashmir. The fascinating slopes, tricky trails, the enchanting beauty around, and the thrill quotient in these valleys make mountain biking an amazing and must to have experience in Kashmir.

Adventure in Kashmir
  1. Paragliding – embark on your wings of adventure:

Sonamarg is undoubtedly one of the best adventure destinations that provide visitors with an array of thrilling experience in Kashmir! This is the place to fulfil your dreams of gliding through the clear blue sky, enjoy the mesmeric beauty of the enchanting valleys and give wings to the childhood dream of flying like birds!

With an increase in Kashmir adventure tour packages in the recent years, the state has put extra efforts on glorifying these adventure sports by providing all the required amenities such as accommodation and meal facilities to allure people from all over the world for this enticing sport.

  1. Fishing – a taste of the real holiday life:

With an array of cascading streams, waterfalls, lakes and streams, Kashmir has become one of the best places to sit and relax on the banks of gushing water-bodies. Winter adventure in Kashmir might keep the cash registers ringing, but activities like angling and fishing that keeps the visitors elated throughout their trip here.

It might be surprising for a lot, but apart from Shikharas, Dal Lake also provides fishing opportunities to wandering tourists. The water-bodies here are rich in trout’s; owing to this, the state tourism industry permits people to take and enjoy their catch. However, government permit is still allowed before indulging in this adventure activity in Kashmir.

  1. Rafting – balance yourself over the raging waves:

Perennial river sources that originate from glaciers provide idyllic conditions for rafting. Visit the Ladakh region of the state, and hop onto your raft to challenge and cruise through the gruesome rapids of the Zanskar River!

Get your drenched while struggling to keep your raft balanced! Feel the splashes when the rapids break down against your face and pumps up your adrenaline! Believe it or not, once you step into the freezing water of Zanskar River, you will get infected with its thrill and allurement!

  1. Wildlife Spotting – the land where the wild cats roam freely:

Hemis National Park; one of the most stunning national parks in India, serves as the natural home to the charismatic Snow Leopards! It is in this wildlife reserved area, you can spot these full-of-life species and have a tryst with them.

Whether you are a nature lover, an avid shutterbug or an adventure junky, a visit to the Hemis National Park is a must for you. During your visit to this park, you can also spot other exotic and endangered wildlife species like Brown Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Marmot, Red Fox, Musk Deer, Golden Eagles, Griffon Vultures, Lammergeyers and MonalPheasants that are some of the native species of the region.

8. Ice Skating – slide your way through the snow blanket:

Adventure activities in Kashmir
Ice skating

For the snow lovers, no other destination can beat the charm and allurement of Kashmir! Known for some of the most enthralling and adventurous activities, this paradise on earth also offers livelier options to the ice skating enthusiasts!
During your Kashmir visit, make it to tourist places like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Yusmarg. In addition to admiring and embracing their celestial beauty, you will also get ample of opportunities to glide over the fascinating layers of ice and satiate the adventure bug in you!

9. Horse Riding – witness the serene landscapes accompanying you:

There is no better way of enjoying the picturesque landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir like the locals do!To overcome and access the rugged terrains, the locals rely on horses and continue with their daily activities.

On your next visit to this magical state, do not miss the opportunity to traverse the stunning valleys and their hidden corners while riding on a horseback. Enjoy the serenity that exists in these valleys, discover some of the remote villages, and add another achievement in your bucket list of adventure things to do in Kashmir.

10. Mountaineering – scale the heights and beat your fear:

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayan Ranges, Jammu and Kashmir offers a series of fascinating mountain ranges that require ardent skills and technique to conquer! To name a few, there are challenging ranges like Harmukh, Tattakutti, Sunset and Kolahoi in Kashmir Valley; White Needle, Z-1, Z-8, Bobang, Nun – Kun of Zanskar Range and Stok Kangri and several others.
Embark on a voyage to conquer these towering mountains, get soaked in the fun, thrill, and excitement of scaling them and beat the fear out of you!

Adventure activities in Kashmir



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