Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Welcome REI Co-op Members! We're glad you're here. If you can't access the Co-op Members section of the community, click here for instructions on how to join the section that's just for you.


Looking to get into overlanding. Does anyone have any good resources or tips? I've been looking into Subaru Outbacks and Jeep Wranglers with the 2 door hard tops. I figure its just me and a 2 door should have enough storage if I took out the back seat. Just figured I'd reach out to see if anyone had any thoughts.

2 Replies


@Tuckdoway Thanks for reaching out!

While I'd hardly consider myself an 'overlander' yet, I do enjoy taking my truck and roof top tent out on to the abundant public lands and roads up here in Alaska for some off-grid camping with my family. I have found that the Bureau of Land Management website, office, and maps have been an invaluable resource for planning trips. We keep ours to fairly well known roads as my truck, while highly capable Chevy Silverado, is not really an off-road vehicle. I cannot recommend a roof-top tent enough though, they're such a blast!

I will also tag @REI-ShanaT here as she and her family have a pretty awesome off-road trailer and could likely provide you with some tips. I actually think she is currently on a trip with said trailer and won't be back on the grid for another week or so.

We also have a couple of members of our community that I will tag here to see if they have any input: @Wheels @BJJ_Taco @LiveOutdoors any thoughts?

Also, we have a thread, When looking for a new place to camp, do you use any cool services to help search?, that has some great ideas for finding camping spots, including a suggestion for an app called iOverlander.

Hopefully this helps get you started!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.


@Tuckdoway so excited for you!

@REI-JohnJ had some great advice for resources. I use the app iOverlander and absolutely love it!

In regards to your wheels and sleeping arrangements, a lot of it will depend on how tall you are. Make sure that however you set up your space you have room to stretch out completely. Otherwise, it's gonna be a very uncomfortable time! I also like to change up my sleeping arrangements, as I find that sleeping in my car is not always the best option (for example, if the weather is super nice and the stars are super bright, why would I want to sleep with a roof over my head?). Several alternate sleeping arrangements that I like to use are: hammock (obv. best if you have trees haha... this can also be used as a chair, so even better!), tent w/ sleeping pad/bag, or even just a sleeping bag/pad on a tarp on the ground! Depending on your vehicle/financial situation, you could also invest in a tent meant to be placed on the roof of your vehicle.

Also, make sure to maximize your storage space. If you find that you have extra room in the back of your car, consider building a platform that allows you to raise up you bed while having storage room underneath!

I could go on an on for advice, so if you have any other specific questions let me know!