When you start comparing overlanding to other forms of adventure travel, it becomes quite apparent that there's obviously certain luxuries involved when compared to say, backpacking or bicycle touring. Aside from the ability to cover huge distances all while basking in the relative comfort that your vehicle can offer, there's the comfort you're allowed to carry with you. For example, the Cook Partner stove that's shown above is likely equal to your entire payload if you were traveling by bicycle. And we're not even going to get into the table, fresh (non-broken) eggs, strawberries and most importantly...bacon.
Overlanding also has the distinct ability to combine the gear and gadgets since the passion is a conglomerate of dozens of hobbies. You're able to bring with you the best from the worlds of backpacking, bicycling, cooking, technology, and countless others. Perhaps it's this combination of hobbies that makes most of us the gear junkies that we are today—but what is my favorite piece of gear? Is it the mountaineering jacket that I frequently bring with me? The backpacking sleeping pad? Perhaps it's the marine-specification stereo in my car?
I've decided my favorite piece of gear just happens to be one of my newest purchases—my Engel MT45 fridge. Not only does it allow me to enjoy a nice, fresh meal in the middle of nowhere with ingredients that would normally have perished within the confines of a traditional cooler—but also a nice, cold adult beverage at the end of the day. When I'm not on the trail, I've found it equally useful around town for running errands, as the grocer no longer has to be my last stop.
So here's what we're curious about, what is your favorite piece of gear to bring with on a trip? Tell us below in the comments.
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