What Is Overlanding?

Overlanding is one of the fastest growing trends for those who love camping or adventure.

It has become a very popular adventure at the moment. Generally, this type of adventure is usually done by traveling long distances with a motorized vehicle, usually off the road, and there is less focuses on the destination, but more on the journey. Of course, this consequently gives the adventurer the opportunity to explore the world in his own way and at a pace which suits him/her. And although overlanding is certainly not for everyone, there are memories which those involved would always cherish.

Origin of Overlanding

Historically, the adventure of overlanding has Australian roots. There, the term was used to describe ranchers driving their herds of cattle inland over long distances. Later, this same word was used for people who began building roads through the very remote areas of the Australian continent. These roads are still used by Australian overlanders.

Over the years, overlanding has gone on to become popular globally and has attracted many fans even long before “adventure travel” became popular. For the most part, it remained a small group, or niche group, however, that has started to change more recently. Overlanders now seek new experience, take a new challenge and blaze the trail. There is now a new generation of overlanders who now embark on overlanding with better vehicles and gadgets.

Overlanding Vehicles

For overlanding, Land Rover has always been respected and valued because it can withstand the tough demands of overlanding, and this has made many adventurers trust them. Recently, however, the Toyota Land Cruisers and Jeep Wranglers, have stepped up and are now more popular among overlanders. They have all earned their reputation of being rugged and sturdy.

Of course, it is not right to believe that overlanding is only done by driving 4×4 vehicles through undeveloped or remote areas. You can also engage in overlanding with trains, even motorcycle and other means of transportation too. Traditionally, Overlanding is simply covering long distance on land, and a journey by rail across the 5772 miles of the trans-Siberian railway of Russia is also a very impressive adventure.

Winter Overlanding Jeep

Staying Self-Sufficient

Traveling in a motorized vehicle will give overlanders more self-reliance and versatility on the road. Many people load their SUVs and trucks with all the equipment and supplies they need for a long trip, this includes food, fuel, and even camping equipment. If they are traveling a far distance, they plan the route so that it is sometimes near a source of supply. This way, they remain self-sufficient for a longer period of time, by coming into civilization every now and again to restock so as to keep up with what is required. A list of all the required can be found on the aarmed.ca site.

While traveling, outdoor camping is an important part of overlanding because it allows you to sleep and eat anywhere since there are no hotels and resorts on the route. Most Overlanders only pack a sleeping bag and tent which would be used for their accommodation. More and more people prefer to get roof-top tents on their vehicles so they can get a better night rest while they are on the road.

Long Distance Adventures

What differentiates overlanding from the traditional car camping is the distance which is covered and the remote route, taken. While car camping often involves camping and a few days in a place your drove to and have easy access to certain amenities, overlanding takes you to places where there are no campsites at all. And there, there is an even fewer luxury, if any at all. This total getaway from the regular modern life to remote areas is one of the reasons for this overlanding trend, since travelers’ desire escaping from the stress of the regular city or countryside life.