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What you need to be prepared for emergencies

Before you head out for a day of mud bogging, it's important to make sure you have all the equipment you need to have a safe, fun experience. You should be prepared for all scenarios, including getting stuck in the mud or facing a mechanical failure. Having the right tools in your off-road vehicle can help save a lot of time and effort in the event your truck gets stuck in the wilderness. You should keep a few supplies on board just in case, including ropes and chains to help you get un-stuck as well as items to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Emergency supplies
You and the people you have with you should always come first in the event of an emergency. You can worry about your truck after you're sure everyone is safe. You should keep a first aid kit, flashlights, bottled water and emergency blankets in your truck so you won't have to worry if you wind up waiting for a friend to tow you out of the mud. If you are heading to a secluded off-roading spot, it is probably a good idea to bring along some food too. Jumper cables, extra quarts of oil, electrical tape for temporary fixes and maybe even a can of gasoline are other items that can come in handy. You can find emergency kits for vehicles that include most of the items you should have, such as AAA's Emergency Roadside Kit.

Recovery equipment
Half the fun of mudding and dune bashing is the thrill of defying the very land you're riding on, but this also means you risk occasionally getting stuck in an especially soft area. In cases like these, you'll need to find a way to pull your truck back to more solid ground so you can continue off-roading. Unless you're Superman or a bonafide strongman, you won't be able to get the vehicle out by yourself, and you'll likely need another truck or SUV to help rescue your ride.

Off-Road.com recommends packing a few recovery straps, which are typically 2 to 3 inches wide and upwards of 30 feet long. They're designed to be able to haul up to 20,000 pounds without breaking, which makes then a great alternative to heavy, bulky chains. You can also find ropes that serve the same purpose, but straps are typically less expensive and just as effective. The news source indicates that ropes have less stretch to them - roughly between 10 and 15 percent, while straps can have up to 30 percent stretch. You'll also need two D-rings, two hitch pins and a shackle block to secure the straps or ropes between the two vehicles. Make sure to inspect all of these items for signs of wear or damage before you hit the trails to ensure they'll work properly if you need them.

Keep everything easily accessible
It's important to store all of these supplies in spots that are easy to reach, as you will want quick access in the event of an emergency, especially if your vehicle is in a precarious situation. Keeping a bag or box of these helpful tools underneath one of the seats or in a designated spot where no other supplies will wind up on top is ideal to allow you to act fast. Whether you need help getting your off-road vehicle out of the mud or you're coming to the rescue of a friend, being able to help quickly and easily is key to success.