These 19 Truck Tips Changed How I Get Ready for the Outdoors

I used to spend weeks prepping, but now I'm adventure-ready in a day with these tips.
Written by Jim Belt in Trucks

Outdoor season is here! Used to take me MONTHS to get my rig prepped. But these 19 game-changing tips will have you dialed in just 1 DAY.I used to spend weeks prepping, but now I'm adventure-ready in a day with these hacks.

The best part? These tips are easy to internalize - read through, and you'll be an outdoor pro in no time. Seriously, my prep routine is on point now.

19. Check Your Tires

Before any trip, inspect your tires. Ensure they have adequate tread and are properly inflated. This ensures a safer and smoother ride.

18. Clean Your Truck

Start with a clean truck. Remove any unnecessary items and give it a thorough cleaning. It makes packing easier and keeps your gear clean.

17. Plan Your Route

Plan your route ahead of time. Know where you'll be stopping for fuel and rest. It saves time and reduces stress.

16. Pack Smart

Pack your truck efficiently. Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones on top. Keep frequently used items easily accessible.

15. Check Fluid Levels

Check all fluid levels before you go. This includes oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. It prevents breakdowns and keeps your truck running smoothly.

14. Inspect Your Brakes

Ensure your brakes are in good condition. Check the brake pads and fluid. This is crucial for safety, especially on rough terrain.

13. Secure Your Load

Secure all cargo properly. Use bungee cords or straps to prevent items from shifting. It keeps your gear safe and prevents damage.

12. Bring a First Aid Kit

Always carry a first aid kit. Be prepared for minor injuries and emergencies. It’s a small item that can make a big difference.

11. Check Your Battery

Inspect your battery for corrosion and ensure it’s fully charged. A reliable battery is essential, especially in remote areas.

10. Keep a Spare Tire

Always have a spare tire and the necessary tools to change it. Ensure it’s in good condition and properly inflated. It’s a lifesaver in case of a flat.

9. Organize Your Tools

Keep your tools organized. Use a toolbox or bag to keep everything in one place. It saves time when you need to make repairs.

8. Check Your Lights

Ensure all your lights are working. This includes headlights, brake lights, and indicators. Visibility is key for safety, especially at night.

7. Bring Extra Fuel

Carry extra fuel if you’re going off-road or into remote areas. It gives you peace of mind and prevents getting stranded.

6. Adjust Your Mirrors

Adjust your mirrors for optimal visibility. Make sure you can see clearly around your truck. It enhances safety while driving.

5. Test Your 4WD

If you have a 4WD truck, test it before heading out. Ensure it’s functioning properly. It’s crucial for off-road adventures.

4. Pack Extra Water

Bring extra water for both you and your truck. It’s essential for hydration and can be used in emergencies.

3. Check Your Wipers

Ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Replace them if they’re worn out. Clear visibility is crucial, especially in bad weather.

2. Bring Navigation Tools

Carry both a GPS device and a physical map. Technology can fail, so having a backup is wise. It ensures you don’t get lost.

1. Perform a Final Walkaround

Do a final walkaround before you leave. Check for any loose items, leaks, or issues. It ensures everything is secure and ready for the road.

These tips have not only made my outdoor adventures more enjoyable but also more efficient and stress-free. Give them a try, and transform how you get ready for the outdoors!