If you’re the proud owner of a brand new or used Jeep Wrangler, you likely fall in oneof the following categories:
The Daily Driver – You simply drive your Jeep to work, back home, and anywhere else you may need to be. Most daily drivers of Jeep Wranglers prefer to keep their vehicles stock.
The Adventurer – Your Jeep is your thrill machine. You go off roading pretty often and use your Wrangler to help guide you through treacherous courses nationwide.
The Show Off – Your Jeep is a show vehicle. You’ve lifted your Wrangler as high as a monster truck and put some menacing LED lights in place of your stock head and tail lights. You drive through areas of high foot traffic very slowly, so everyone can see what you’re riding in.
Now, none of these are mutually exclusive and some of us may resonate with two, or even all three of these categories. In fact, I’m sure most of us may see characteristics of ALL of these Jeep Wrangler owners within us, to varying degrees.
Whatever type of Jeep Wrangler owner you happen to relate to most, there’s no denying that we face emergencies every now and then. The only thing worse than being in an unpleasant \ situation is being unprepared for that unpleasant situation.
Luckily, XG Cargo has you covered with the top 10 things every owner should carry in their Jeep Wrangler storage.
As obvious as this one may seem, it’s one a lot of people seem to overlook.
Going on an off-road adventure is no joke. Most of these courses are out in the wilderness with very limited access to basic human necessities such as food, water, and even plumbing.
That being said, making sure you carry a couple gallon-sized jugs, or a case of water bottles is very worthwhile to ensuring you’re hydrated and not drinking contaminated fluids on the trail.
Even as a daily driver, hydration is important.If you’re a Jeep Wrangler living in warmer climates, carrying ample water is never a bad idea.
One of the beauties of off roading is the immense element of surprise involved in the activity. You never know what may happen as you navigate the trail.
When the sun sets and darkness settles, this ‘element of surprise’ turns from beautiful to absolutely terrifying. Anything bad that may happen to you under sunlight magnifies as soon as darkness hits.
While having a flashlight obviously won’t save you from the dangers of the dark, it will allow you to see those dangers more clearly. Carrying a flashlight will also help you expedite any repairs that may need to be made to your vehicle in the dark. All in all, a flashlight is definitely a worthwhile Jeep Wrangler accessory to keep in your car at all times.
Whether you’ve realized it or not, there’s been a fire extinguisher in every single commercial building you’ve ever been in.
There’s a reason for this.
Yes, it is a policy implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the US Department of Labor, but why?
Because fire hazards exist all around us. Fires are rarely started intentionally, but it only takes a small mistake to start a fire that persists for hours.
Protect yourself, your family, and your beloved Jeep Wrangler by keeping a spare fire extinguisher in your Jeep Wrangler storage. It’s always better to be prepared for any situation that may arise.
First Aid Kit
Any activity can result in bumps and bruises here and there. Amateur chefs get accidental knife cuts, joggers get shin splints, I can go on and on all day.
The element of surprise involved in off roading makes a first aid kit an absolutely necessary tool to bring with you on any Jeep adventure. Not only are you unsure of what you may face on your voyage, it’s likely you’ll be completely isolated from modern civilizations. This means no hospitals, gas stations or pharmacies. Getting into an accident in the barren wilderness without a first aid kit could potentially leave you in critical condition, depending on the severity of the incident.
Be sure to always keep a first aid kit with you to handle any medical emergencies that may arise while on the road. That way, you’re able to temporarily remedy the situation while you search for the nearest medical facility.
Spare Tire and Jack
This one is a very obvious one.
Almost all US cars are manufactured with a spare tire and jack in the trunk. This implementation has saved me from so many misfortunate situations with other vehicles on the road.
Unfortunately, some Jeep Wrangler models don’t come stock with a spare tire or jack, forcing you to go out and get your own. While this investment may seem mundane initially, you’ll realize how important it is when you really need it.
This may be one of the more expensive Jeep Wrangler accessories on the list, but it is certainly one of the most worthwhile as well.
Think of a recovery strap as a makeshift towing mechanism specifically for pulling your vehicle out of mud or other sticky situations. Because all cars do not have towing capabilities, a recovery strap is important, as any vehicle can attach to these straps and attempt to pull out your Jeep Wrangler. This doesn’t mean all cars will be successful, but it’s worth a shot. Best case scenario, it works, and you can continue your voyage. Worst case scenario, it doesn’t work, and you have to call a tow truck.
Either way, having a recovery strap is certainly never a bad idea.
Having screwdrivers, hammers, and other basic tools in your Jeep Wrangler can be incredibly important when taking on challenging obstacles in your Jeep. You never know when a repair may be needed.
Simply having a tool box that contains basic equipment will suffice for any on the road incident that you may run into.
Think about what Jeeps are often used for. Driving off road, right?
To really understand the art of offroading, one must understand the phrase “off road”.
The first word is off, meaning not on. Second being road, or route between two places.
When we put these two interpretations together, we get ‘not on [the] route between two places’ otherwise known as dirt, mud, snow, and all types of other elements that you may not be prepared for. Yes, it’s an odd way to think about it, but having this mindset could potentially save you from a bunch of hardships down the line. You never know what your shovel might have to dig you out of.
Air Compressor with Battery Jumper
In case you didn’t know, you can actually get these in a two-in-one set for an amazingly low prices on Amazon and other big box retailers. (Thanks Amazon!)
It’s fairly obvious why you’d need the two of these for any safe and secure outdoor adventure. Batteries and car tires designed for off road use can sometimes have very sporadic behavior, especially in used vehicles. Your air compressor and battery jumper will serve as a great preventive tool to keep in your Jeep Wrangler storage.
Last, but certainly not least, we have gasoline. It’s what makes your engine run and without it, your vehicle is rendered practically useless. It’s hard to imagine how we could have a list of emergency items without it.
Watching your gasoline levels is much easier said than done when engaging in your favorite hobby. Take a spare can of gas with you to avoid being helplessly stuck on the trails.
We know some of you are looking over at your Jeep Wrangler storage and wondering how in the world you’re going to fit an extra ten items back there.
This Jeep Wrangler modification by XG Cargo is designed to exponentially expand the storage capabilities of your vehicle. Named one of the five best new Jeep parts at the 50th annual SEMA Trade Show, the Sportsman contains tons of pockets for outdoor supplies and is made of heavy duty, water resistant material.
You can find tons of other storage accessories and Jeep Wrangler modifications on the XG Cargo website.
Are there any emergency items we may have forgotten? We’d love to hear your feedback. Leave a comment down below to share some wisdom with your fellow Jeepers!
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