Baby wipes!!! and those stupid torx wrenches... I carry basic supplies in case we break down as listed above and like you, I cant afford the big things like high lift, winch etc. Biggest thing is never go alone and always tell someone else were your going, that way you wont be cutting your own limbs off to try and go for help. Also if you only bring a cell phone bring the car charger too, there is nothing worse than running out of juice if you need it.
What is recovery tape????
Preparing for the Zombie invasion!
Looks like you live in N.C. My top five looks like this;
full size spare and gear to change it
a range of good outdoor clothes
I wheel alone, and I haven't met that Darwin character out in the woods yet. Honestly I don't think you can go anywhere in this state where you aren't 5 miles or less from help. I'm not saying you shouldn't bring more stuff, but don't let stuff you don't have keep you from going out in the woods. Tools and the knowledge to use them are the most benefit of any offroad gear. You can get unstuck with out a winch but a winch or a Hilift won't fix your motor! Keep your brain engaged and don't take stupid risks, you'll get out o.k.
Allot depends on where you wheel. I carry a smaller set of tools not an entire tool box. I will bring extra things with me, depending on weather, parts or what ever but I take as little as possible on the trial, only what I can strap down, and that isn't much when you wheel a wrangler. Some usually has a tow vehicle staged somewhere and I keep my extra crap there.
I see people with a complete set of tools in their jeep, U joints, axles and all sort of crap and they bring their jeep on a trailer towed but some beast of a tuck with a tent and a sleeping bag in it, and hardly anything else.
The trials out my way are tight. Where I am there are only a couple parks. If you brake down you need to get your junk off the trail so other can get buy, otherwise you are just some *** screwing up other peoples day.
We always end up strapping out jeep back to the trailer anyway and drag 150lbs out tools and parts out of the back of a jeep right next to an almost completely empty 1 ton truck and trailer, I just don't get it.
When I live in CA the trailer were long and you may be miles form your tow vehicle. You had to be more self sufficient their.
And you need a good winch. Hi lift is also good to have as well as a winch. I know you can use a hi lift like or a come-a-long as a winch ya da ya da ya da. Everybody who go on anything other then mild winches. Even then having at least one good winch is a group is a good thing.
01 TJ, 34 Super Swaper 34x10.5 bias, Winch, locked, belly up, some armor.
This is a little tip that is #1 as a boater on Lake Erie.. Always let someone know when you are leaving, where you are going, and when you will be back. And WRITE IT DOWN for them! You can always update the plans as you go by calling if you have a signal. I think this is a good idea even if you wheel with another person or vehicle. If you dont return when you are supposed to, or after a while, they know where to begin looking and they know how long you have been gone. Very important.