Jeep Essentials: What You Need In The Backcountry!

Jeep Essentials...Flat Tire!

Definition: Jeep Essentials...Things you WILL need at one time or another to get you and your Jeep into...and out of the wilderness, backcountry or even your neighbors back forty (on a rainy day).

Have you ever experienced any of these "sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach" situations?

  • Flat spare...on an uneven surface or in soft silt/sand

  • Broken radiator or heater hose

  • Snapped or frayed serpentine or fan belt

  • Stuck thermostat (closed)

  • Dead battery

  • Broken U-joint

  • Frame deep in sticky mud

  • Looking at the world sideways or, worse yet, upside down (Jeep rolled over and played dead)

  • Or...(you fill in the blank here with anything that might hinder your forward motion toward your target goal...such as...getting HOME)

***More of Larry's stupid wisdom..."If it can probably will...on MY Jeep".

That is why being prepared for most common breakdowns and fun-stoppers is I implied earlier...weren't you listening? Geez!

So listen's a checklist of Jeep Essentials for most common types of problems encountered while off roading, camping, backcountry exploring or just tooling around anywhere you don't have easy access to a wrecker or your handy-dandy mechanic shop.

First and probably the most important tip here is to never go off alone without a friend or group of Jeepers (off roaders) nearby.

Now...the list of Jeep Essentials in no particular order of importance (all carry some significance..some more than others):

Tire Tools

  • lug wrench (correct size)
  • puncture repair kit (rubber plugs and cement with tool)
  • fix-a-flat (various brands in aerosol cans..used to instantly but temporarily fix a slow leak)
  • hi-lift jack (I like to carry a flat block of wood to use as a base for even more elevation...and to get stability for the jack in soft soil or mud)
  • replacement valve for a leaky or damaged valve stem
  • D/C small plug in air pump (or even a bicycle or foot pump will do in a pinch)

Keep Engine Running Spare Parts

  • extra set of Radiator and Heater hoses with spare clamps
  • extra serpentine belt or set of fan belts
  • spare thermostat (may run without a thermostat when removed, but you will still need to have a gasket or gasket goop to replace and seal the housing)
  • battery jumper cables (of course you need a donor battery to jump yours)
  • extra ignition wires and emergency wire to fix bad connections
  • spark plugs (pre-gapped)
  • spare vacuum hoses
  • engine oil
  • extra water for the radiator in case you lose it all from a broken hose (externally mounted Jerry Cans work well for water and extra fuel)
  • assortment of nuts, bolts, screws and washers for whatever may come loose

Chassis and Suspension Spare Parts

  • spare tire (inflated and ready to go)
  • extra u-joints

    NOTE: Unless you are doing some serious rock-crawling or jumping gorges at 80 miles per hour you probably won't need more than a couple of u-joints...however, if you are planning to do any of these metal crunching, steel bending activities you may want to carry an onboard welder and pieces of metal stock to do the repairs. Also include a very big hammer and pry well as spare steering and suspension components.

Jeep Essential Tools

  • good 3/8 and 1/4 drive socket set (SAE and Metric) with sturdy breaker bar and swivel adapter
  • set of good screwdrivers of various lengths both flathead and phillips
  • torx and hex key sets
  • big ball peened hammer
  • set of open-end and boxed-end wrenches (SAE and Metric)
  • vise grips and pliers
  • diagonal cutters
  • hack saw
  • "come-along" hand winch/lift
  • c-clamps
  • tow strap, heavy rope or chain
  • lock down removable tool box

Other Jeep Essentials

  • CB radio in good working order (your cell phone may or may not reach civilization from where you are at the moment)
  • fire extinguisher in full and working order
  • flashlight with good batteries
  • duct tape and electricians tape (may help slow or stop a small leak in a hose)
  • zip ties, sturdy twine and flexible wire (to tie things down)
  • rags and hand cleaner (you will get dirty...unless you convince your friend to do all the work)
  • pocket knife (preferably one of those all-purpose deals with a thousand different gadgets attached)
  • ice chest full of your favorite beverages (water works best in emergency situations)...and some food because you don't always know how long it might take to fix a particular problem
  • blankets and warm clothes because with the "Jeep Gremlins" you really don't know how long it might take to get back on the trail
  • first aid kit (my hands and arms find every sharp protruding object while working on my Jeep)

Jeep Essentials in Special Circumstances (not absolutely necessary)

  • electric mounted remote operated Winch
  • tow hooks and/or D-rings (front and rear)
  • hydraulic tube jack
  • tow bar (removable)

So there it is...EVERYTHING you will ever need on a trail ride if anything breaks. can probably think of a few more Jeep essentials...and although I have not experienced all of the above breakdowns I have had a number of broken belts, busted radiator/heater hoses, flat tires, and even lost all of my gear lube in a manual transmission (had to use 40 weight motor oil to get me home)...all while many miles from any help.

Fortunately I was prepared with most of the items I have listed that I was able to fix everything right there on the trail in the middle of nowhere.

Hope this will be helpful for your next excursion 'cause you can never be too prepared.

Take Care and Jeep Safely!

You Now Know Which Essentials...
What is the best Used Jeep for You?

Best Used Jeeps Ebook Cover!

My Logo!

I found many of these Jeep Essentials necessary first hand when off roading the back country of the Big Bend National Park...Learn More...Click Here!

The Chihuahuan Desert Can Be a Test For Any Jeep...Click Here!

Jeeping The Backcountry Page!

Watching These Action Jeep Videos will Give You a Real Perspective of Why You need Spare Parts, Tools and Accessories ...Click Here!

Your Essentials Gear Will Most Definitely Be Appreciated on the Rubicon Trail...Click Here!

Tell Us About Your Jeep or Your Experiences at Your Jeep Page...Click Now!

Driving Safety Tips for anyone who gets behind the wheel!

Custom Search

Doing a site search is the easiest way to find specific info on my site

(Return to Top of This Page)

Home|About|Site Map|Contact Me|What's New?|Disclaimer

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Show and Tell Us About Your Jeep..
New, Old, Restored, Project, Any Condition...

Click to See How!

Andrew's '04 Wrangler Rubicon!

Best Used Jeeps Ebook Cover

(From 1940 to 2010)

All Jeeps Were Not Created Equal! This easy to read ebook compares them all.

Amazing! Over 160,000 Parts and Accessories found on Amazon. Fast and Easy Ordering!

Note: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."

Winches Made for Your Jeep. Now winches are better made and cheaper to buy than ever!

Jeep Exhaust Manifolds. They crack and leak. Replace yours at the best price possible.

Jeep Bumpers and Tire Carriers. Replace those weak original bumpers and spare tire carrier. Your Jeep will be more functional and look cool too!

Jeep Rock Rails/Sliders. Protect your Jeep's vulnerable Rocker Panels...and look awesome at the same time!


SBI! is like no other online success maker. I use SBI! exclusively.
Larry Morton, owner

Free "Jeep Experience" Newsletter. Get Yours Now!

Military Support Websites!

They Give So We Can Be Free!