Over the past 9 11 years, we have tried and tested a wide variety of camping gear. This is a list of what we pack and bring on a regular basis. We believe in buying quality gear that will last for years vs cheap disposable gear. Some of this comes down to personal preference. A chair we love another person may not be comfortable in. This is what works for us.

All of our gear is well organized. 90% of it remains in our trailer making it easy to get away on a moment’s notice. If you don’t own a trailer having everything well organized can save time packing along with reducing the chance of forgetting items. How we have organized has changed through the years based on the different trailers we have owned. Read our storage article for mini-reviews of the product we like. The common theme has been to store items in clear tubs as much as possible and label everything else.

If you are just starting out we hope you find this list useful. Everything is a trade-off and we constantly reevaluate what we pack and how we pack. Clicking the Buy button will take you to the retailer’s website or Amazon for more information. Updated on: 12/9/2020

We have added a list for all of the gear we are installing on and in our 2021 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium. Yes, we got a new vehicle recently. An article on the reason for the change along with a build thread is forthcoming.

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Camping Gear

Product NamePriceDescriptionInfo
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/vyT4RjsOQ4Ckl3O22XBPg-scaled.jpgRevel Trailhound LED Lights$24.99-$29.99These copper wire lights work great along our awning.Buy
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Tire_Storage_Bag_XL_%E2%80%93_Blue_Ridge_Overland_Gear.pngBlue Ridge Overland Gear Tire Storage Bag XL$179.99If you are tired of your other brand trash bag falling apart upgrade to this monster bag from Blue Ridge Overland Gear. Easy to take on and off of your vehicle, built to last, made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. As of December 2020 this bag is still going strong! Great addition. We just need to figure out how to make it work with the 4Runner since we no longer have a spare tire on the back of the vehicle. It may get moved to the front of our trailer for the time being. Buy
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/orangescrewlg.jpgOrange Screw - The Ultimate Ground Anchor$19.95In soft dirt and sandy conditions standard ground stakes won't do the job. When you want to secure your valuable gear we suggest the large orange screws. We own a mix of the large and small styles. Pack of 2.Buy
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/orangescrewlg.jpgOrange Screw - The Ultimate Ground Anchor - Small$26.95Depending on conditions we also uses the small orange screws to halp secure everything down come in a pack of 4Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/417JCCGEkkL._AC_.jpgRope Ratchets 1/4"$8.59Rope Ratchets make it easy to quickly secure and adjust the lines to the awning. Take the hassle out of adjusting ropes.Buy
TablesOur additction to finding the perfect table(s) is only second to our addiction to find the perfect flashlight. Yes we own all of these tables! Depending on the type of trip a few get rotated in and out.
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61QibkX3WUL._AC_SL1500_.jpgLifetime Commercial 4' Table$50.00This table is quick to setup and rugged. We like that it can be set at 36" in height. This is our go to table with our trailer.Buy
https://www.rei.com/media/02699e6a-cc9e-49ac-a89d-5ffbf77a3982?size=784x588REI Rolltop Table$75.00This is a great compact table. Quick setup and takedown. The only con for some users will be the fixed height of 28"Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71PfnulxXYL._AC_SL1500_.jpgAlps Sidekick Table/Stool$25.00This is a great small side table and stool for when you need a quick place to sit. One of our favorite gadgets! We own two!Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/814RfkG22eL._AC_SL1500_.jpgBrowning Camping Outfitter Table$85.00Great for tall people. Rolls up for storage. Table height can extend to 36". This is our go to table when we camp without our trailer. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61hQDGDo4BL._AC_SL1500_.jpgLifetime 4' Folder Table$39.99More compact but less sturdy than the non-folding version. This is also a good option. For Off Grid Trailer owners this will fit inside of the front storage box next to your fridgeBuy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71f%2By2EFHmL._AC_SL1500_.jpgAlps Mountaineering Dining Table XL$99.99This is a great sturdy table that rolls up into a carrying bag. The only con is it in not compact. with the top arms being full length when stored. 28" W x 55" L x 28" HBuy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71mrKAACpIL._AC_SL1500_.jpgNemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair$220.00We love these rocker style chairs. Only con is the chair tends to keep you in a reclined position which might make it harder for some to eat. While we love the chairs you should always test a chair before purchasing one. Buy
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BF-FD41.jpegFenix Flashlights and HeadlampsDepends on modelToo many models to list but we wrote an article on what our favorites are. Great reliable flashlights and headllamps. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51PF2eeTMQL._AC_SL1000_.jpgTruma C69DZ - Dual Zone Fridge Freezer$1,549.0069 Liters = 72.9 Quarts. Note: some manufacturers list the fridge capacities as quarts and some as liters. We have replaced our Dometic fridge with the Truma after purchasing our new 4Runner. The Dometic was too deep for our new setup in the back of the 4Runner. Truma's are made in Germany. The app which connects to the fridge via Bluetooth works very well. Each zone has its own temperature control. You can also remove the divider to create a single large area. Truma does not offer a fridge slide currently but we have ordered a potential solution. If that goes well we will add a link. To see all the models visit the Truma store page on Amazon, https://amzn.to/370U0AGBuy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51U%2BY7k7NBL._AC_SL1000_.jpgDometic CFX3 75L Dual Zone Powered Cooler$1,299.0075 liters - 79.2 Quarts Note: some manufacturers list the fridge capacities as quarts and some as liters. One of the largest fridges available that will still fit inside of our FJ Cruiser. This dual zone fridge allows us to carry frozen goods in either sections if we want to. We have the previous generation model. This new model has better power consumption information in the app (Yes, the fridge has an app) and can even make ice cubes for you. Regardless of model and most brands a fridge will greatly enhance your camping experience. We even did a fridge shootout review in 2017. No more soggy bread!Buy
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0090/5910/6873/products/65-ss-front..png?v=1574961324Canyon CoolerVariesFor when we don't bring our fridge or when we want to dedicate the fridge to food and have cold beverages the Canyon Coolers are excellent. We own two different sizes. Also great for trips to the store in the hot summer months.Buy

Cooking Gear

Product NamePriceDescription
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61cayjLlQqL._AC_SL1500_.jpgOmnia Oven$69.99-$110If you miss baking on the trail the Omnia oven is a great solution. We have baked bread, biscuits, stuff chicken, and more in our Omnia Oven. We recommend getting the silicone liners it makes cleanup very easy!Buy
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/media/catalog/product/cache/11f448c2736cb138681faf0ba59260e1/c/a/camp-kitchen-utensil-set-front-runner-kitc041-1.jpgFront Runner Utencil Set$59.95Camp Kitchen Utencil Set - This is a super convenient setup. It attaches nicely to the side of our trailer. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61gRMlHkWuL._AC_SL1306_.jpgMagma Stacking Pots$149.95If you value storage space these stacking pots are the way to go. Great quality and easy to clean. We store them in the optional bag.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A17iwrwLi9L._AC_SL1500_.jpgSea to Summit Delta Plate$9.95Many choices when it comes to plates. These work well for us. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61auoer0Q-L._AC_SL1398_.jpgSea to Summit Bowl$7.79-$14.95Available with our without a lid. Pack well.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81vWEk9VqLL._AC_SL1500_.jpgJetBoil$105.95For when you need hot water quickly. (Think morning coffee) the JetBoil is an amazing piece of equipment to have. Also great for when the weather is bad and you just want a quick bag meal. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81eAR9vV9LL._AC_SL1500_.jpgJetBoil French Press$17.95NEW for 2020! Create delicious French press style coffee wherever your adventure takes you.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61cXx2urNNL._AC_SL1500_.jpgGas ONE GS-3900P New Dual Fuel Propane or Butane Portable Stove$59.99We use this single burner stove with our Omnia Oven when baking and to keep food warm during group meals.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/817c2lrevEL._AC_SL1500_.jpgCollapsable Tubs$19.95Great for soaking dirty dishes. While our trailer has a sink these expand our capabilities and allow us to conserve water. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81bi-%2Bjo8zL._AC_SL1500_.jpgLunatec Quick Dry Scrubber Cloth$8.75Is there anything worse than a funky sponge? These work great and dry out quickly 4 pack- Quick drying so no smell or bacteria. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91scE%2B6Vl-L._AC_SL1500_.jpgCandure Cast Iron Cleaner Stainless Steel 7x7 Inch Chainmail Scrubber$9.99This is a great way to clean all metal pots and pans. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81dP86xHkKL._AC_SL1500_.jpgNapoleon O-Grill$199.00We have found this to be the most compact with a large grilling surface. We also have the optional carrying bag.Buy

Tech Gear, Communications, and Gadgets

Product NamePriceDescription
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MXT115-768x457.jpgMidland Radio MXT115149.99Great compact GMRS radio. See our articleBuy
6DB Antenna Upgrade MXTA26$39.99This antenna helps improve reception and transmitting power in urban environmentsBuy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71oHpqvi2fL._AC_SL1500_.jpgMidland MXTA12 NMO Magentic Mount$24.99Magnetic mount for 6DB AntennaBuy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-fMfP68fL._AC_SL1500_.jpgMidland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio$69.99Great handheld radios to use when away from camp or to use with someone spotting your rig on the trail.Buy
SolarRegardless of battery capacity at some point you need to recharge those batteries.
https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-fhnch/images/stencil/2048x2048/products/1014/19365/100MB__52658.1597435995.jpg?c=2Renogy Solar Panels$169.99You could say we are addicted to solar. Our vehicle has a 100 watt panel mounted to the roof rack. Our trailer has a 50 watt panel and we have a 100 watt solar suitcase as well. Regardless of what batteries you have or how many at some point they need to be recharged. Renogy products have worked well for us. We accidently left our portable panel in its case on our roof rack. It fell of the roof at over 50mph and survived with only minor damage. Price listed is for the 100 watt panel we own. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41g6pfWu9FL._AC_.jpgRenogy Rover MPPT Controller $165.00We have this controller installed in our trailer. We also use the optional Bluetooth module to monitor our solar and battery performance.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61fpEEOMWgL._AC_SL1000_.jpgRenogy BT-1 Bluetooth Module Solar Charge Controller Wireless monitor PV System$39.00Used in conjunction with both of our solar controllers. You can check your panel performance from the comfort of your camping chair. Range is up to 30'Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fusenDwLL._AC_SL1000_.jpgRenogy Wanderer 10 Amp 12V/24V PWM Negative Ground Solar Charge Controller$32.00This is an excellent basic solar controller. We use this one in our vehicle to control the 100 watt panel mounted to our rooffrack.Buy
https://www.4xoverlandadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Fireside1-768x576.jpgFireside Outdoor Pop-Up Pit$119.95This amazing firepit is compact and portable. Set up your fire where you want! Add the optional grilltop and you have a great cooking surface. Fires burn completely out with easy cleanup when you are done. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81FC5r-IBQL._AC_SL1500_.jpgGarmin InReach Explorer$417.00Garmin offers several different models including the InReach mini. This model is most similar to what we own. We have had ours for 4 years and it works great. The ability to communicate anywhere without cell service is a great safety tool.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51uT3UH3HDL._AC_SL1000_.jpgGOOLOO 800A Peak 18000mAh SuperSafe Car Jump Starter$69.99We own a different model but when all else fails a jumpbox like this can be a lifesaver and get you back on the road. We have never had to use our personally but have helped others when their battery failed. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/511GyDIrvML._AC_SL1000_.jpgGovee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor $19.99We use this inside of our shower box to monitor the temperature. You can set temperature alarms. For example notify me when the temp goes below freezing. Great device. You can easily export data from the free app to a spreadsheet.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61HhHwMGM%2BL._AC_SL1200_.jpgFlexzilla HFZ1450YW2 1/4" (inches) x 50' (feet) Air Hose, 50 ft$20.88We use this with our ARB compressor. The hose can but cut down to a shorter lenght if need be but this size allows us to air up our trailer tires and help others who might not have a compressor. Buy
Other Options We Like
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71btXEs6IpL._AC_SL1500_.jpgMidland MXT275$149.99Optional Radio - Another great radio from Midland in a different form factor. Buy

Personal Hygiene

Product NamePriceDescription
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71E70ecdd8L._AC_SL1500_.jpgLunatec Aquabot Spray Nozzle $21.00Take a quick shower, wash your hands, cool off, rinse dishes and more! If we were on an island as they say we would want the Aquabot. So many uses. The two best are for showing and rinsing dishes. Increase your campsite water efficiiency. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lTm1LYKqL._AC_SL1000_.jpgCleanwaste Portable Toilet$64.00Well you gotta go and we like this toilet. Bags are expensive but when you have to pack in and pack out they work well. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Za4bBjFKL._AC_SL1001_.jpgDude Wipes - Shower Wipes$15.38For those between shower times. These extra large wipes get the job done.Buy
https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-pusehjx/images/stencil/original/w/camping-toilets__32988.original.jpgBush toilet$79.00When camping in an area where digging a hole for your waste is acceptable this toilet makes doing your business a comfortable process. The manufacturer states bags can be used but we have not found them to be too convenient. Packing out your TP to avoid future "white flowers" near your campsite is encouraged. When done this folds nice and flat for compact storage. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/716atKEkXCL._AC_SL1001_.jpgHigh Pressure 6 Setting Handheld Shower Head with ON/OFF Switch and Spa Spray Mode $26.99The default showheads that come with most hot water heaters are not very good. We found our factory one hard to turn on and off. This direct placement works great. No need to swap the water line. All you have to do is replace the head. Make sure you use Teflon tape to seal the threads. Buy


With all the gear we carry you have to have a place to put it. These are some of our favorite storage bags and containers. We have a more in-depth discussion of our preferred storage options here.

Product NamePriceDescription
https://shop.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/4/64661_W3.jpgHarbor Freight 18" Tool Bag$22.99Great to pack a variety of gear. Buy
https://shop.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/3/63135_W3.jpgHarbor Freight Ammo Box$4.99We use these for all kinds of thing: Bug gear, tent stakes, spices, you name it. 5 are in the back are in our trailer galley.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/613knzpjTWL._AC_SL1500_.jpgSheffield Field Box/Ammon Can$10.99Another good option to store gear. Variety of color choicesBuy
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/ikea-365--food-container-with-lid-rectangular-plastic__0594331_PE675656_S5.JPG?f=xxlIkea 365+ Storage ContainersFrom $3.49Multiple size choices. 4-6 latch design provides a good seal to keep air and dust out. We use these to store food and miscellaneous gear.Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51WZ8w%2BWdfL._SL1000_.jpgWaterBrick 3.75 Gallons$24.00At 3.75 gallons they are not too heavy to lift. We use these when we don't bring our trailer. Great as a general water storage container or hand washing station. They also stack well. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sh2fHVNaL._AC_SL1500_.jpgWaterBrick Spout$19.99This water spout works well. Easy on and off with no leakingBuy
https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/media/catalog/product/cache/54bca2f1e8552d955aba742e5aef85dc/f/r/front-runner-wolf-pack-SBOX008-1.jpgFrontRunner WolfPacks$39.99These storage boxes are square, stackable, and watertightBuy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61XtFi4IyOL._AC_SL1500_.jpgZipLock Storage TubsVariesThese come in a variety of sizes. Each have a good dustproof seal. We like clear storage tubs whenever possible. It's always nice to be able to easily see what is inside. Buy

Toyota 4Runner Products

Yes, we are nuts and decided to switch from our beloved Toyota FJ Cruiser to a new 2021 TRD Offroad Premium 4 Runner. Here’s a list of the gear we have added to the rig.

Product NamePriceDescriptionInfo
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0064/0126/1637/products/[email protected]?v=1580535547ICS Fabrication Center Mount$95.00Our preferred mount for all of our gadgets in the 4Runner. ICS makes products for a variety of vehicles. Buy
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1857/5413/products/MountOnly_2000x.jpg?v=1606891185Tackform iPad Mount$49.99We needed a more flexible solution to mount our iPad. This mount from Tackform was the winner. All metal design on the arm for strength. Very flexible in terms of position placement. We are very happy with this purchase and plan to add more products from Tackform. If you shop through us we do receive a small affiliate fee. Buy
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1857/5413/products/DZP_0934_2000x.jpg?v=1568886093Tackform Phone Mount$54.99Another great mount from Tackform. All metal construction with countless positions. Strong grip for your phone and best of all the mount doesn't interfere with any of the buttons.Buy
https://www.batteriesplus.com/content/images/product/large/678807.jpgX2 Battery from Batteries Plus$359.99Just like in our FJ we went with a Group 27 X2 Battery. This battery provides 90ah of power and has a 5 year replacement warranty! There is a $30 rebate until the end of the year. Check the Batteries Plus website for details. Buy
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51AdZeQ9LZL._AC_SL1000_.jpgCllena Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB Port Charger Socket for Toyota$22.99This is a nice dual power port that fits into any blank stock switchplate. Some have taken these apart to remove the blue led lights but if you keep your cords plugged in they are hidden. I would expect minimal power savings by removing them.Buy

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