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Additional Gear

Mechanical problems can occur at any time, so it's wise to carry the tool kit that came with your ORV.

In addition, you should carry some spare parts and emergency items:

  • At least 25 feet of nylon rope
  • Cell phone (may not work in remote areas)
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • Extra key
  • Extra spark plugs—worn plugs are the number-one cause of engine stalling
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Headlight and taillight bulbs
  • Knife
  • Sturdy tow rope or chain
  • Sunblock
  • Survival kit

For longer trips, you should carry the following.

  • Map and Compass: To make sure you know where you can operate your ORV legally, get a trail map that shows the locations of designated trails and routes. Having a topographic map also will provide you with useful information for navigating terrain because these maps show the area in three dimensions. Purchase a good orienteering compass, and learn how to use it with your maps.
  • First-Aid Kit: Carry a first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you’ll know how to respond in an emergency.
  • Survival Kit: In addition to the items listed above, you should carry:
    • Candy bars (or other high-energy food)
    • Emergency food and water
    • Flashlight
    • Hand axe
    • Signal flares
    • Tarpaulin
    • Waterproof matches
  • Other Useful Items:
    • Mobile phone and a GPS
    • Radio for weather reports