My grandparents bought a Honda 350 in the 1990s. They let me drive it one day. I was HOOKED! We would take it to the family cabin in southwestern Montana and ride it every chance we could. Eventually, they added another one. Then my dad got one. Fast forward to the 4th of July, we had 18 ATVs at the cabin for the family reunion.
We have traveled many thousands of miles of dirt road and 4-wheeler trail. Some of us have ATVs and some have graduated to the UTV market. We trek all over the country side enjoying nature, looking for wildlife, camping out, and more.
If you haven't tried ATV/UTVing you're in for a treat!
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect ATV/UTV trip. We've learned how to plan, what gear and supplies to take, how to prepare for the weather, how to stay safe and how to ensure we get back home safe.
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If you're like us you'll love the trail and ATV/UTVing will become second nature. Let's get started.
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect ATV/UTV trip. We thought we'd list a few tips to consider for your next outing:
We all have different risk tollerances. As I've gotten older I've consciously slowed down a lot and take fewer risks. I've seen guys with life-altering injuries who can't enjoy the outdoors any longer. I talked with a man this week who has messed up his knees and joints so much he can't go on a simple hike. That can't be me!
When we venture out, we need to keep in mind that we have future outdoor experiences to enjoy so we need to get home safe after every one. Our chances of survival and safe return increase with a few principles:
Having the right first aid supplies handy can help a lot. Make sure you have the right supplies for the activities you're doing.
I take my day pack on every outing. I'm often surprised how often I needed the gear and supplies in the pack. Over the years I've locked down the perfect day pack for my climate and area. This checklist is highly recommended trail gear for every day pack. Of course, you can adjust for your area and outing style.
Carry vehicle tools and supplies and a personal day pack. I divide my personal gear and supplies into 3 kits: gear, first aid, toiletries. These kits go into my pack and are with me on every outing.
We put large containers/trunks on the back of our ATVs and bins in our UTVs to carry gear.
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Being prepared with some survival skills, trail information, and weather forecasts can make your hike relaxing and help you get home safe.
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We love our trail time! We hope your outings this year are memorable, relaxing, full of adventure, and safe.
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Gear up, prepare, and hit the trail! Enjoy!
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