I'm hoping to compile a list of recovery gear that'll be helpful for those of us that have stock or close-to-stock vehicles, i.e. no lockers, no fancy bumpers, no sliders, no winches...yep pretty much a stock truck. For example, one of the most recommended tools is the hi-lift but unless you have a place to lift from (heavy duty bumpers, sliders etc) your options are pretty limited (yes even with the lift-mate - the tire lifter-upper thingy) so probably no point lugging around a 50lbs anchor.
After lots of research here's what I've come up with so far:
1. A buddy with a nicely build rig- just to get this out of the way because I know people will say it. We all know it doesn't always work out with schedules, distance, interest etc.
2. MV50 type of air compressor so you can start out correctly by lowering the tire pressure right from the start
3. A shovel because digging will get you out in just about any situation, if the ground/ice is hard packed also bring a fubar type tool
4. Traction mats (Max Trax, Smittybuilt, tire chains etc), they're probably the next best option to a winch
5. Snatch strap + recovery points + D shackles, for when you have to swallow your pride and ask another rig to help pull you out
6. Good quality come-along like Wyeth-Scott or Maasdam + extra cable + tree strap + pulley blocks, when all the above options fail
7. Blocks of wood are always handy to have e.g. to throw under the stock jack for height or to provide a wider base
Anything else I haven't covered?