Looking for online overlanding resources? You’ve come to the right place!
Listed below are the best overlanding resources I’ve found so far. I’ve shuffled through a metric ton of average sites, to personally curate this best of the best list.
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Let me know if there’s anything you think must be added to my overlanding resources list. I’d be happy to consider adding it in a future edit.
Overlanding Resources: Forums
Endless threads and information about all things overlanding can be found on these quality sites:
Overland Bound – An awesome website! This is a community of rabid enthusiasts who can’t get enough when it comes to the overlanding lifestyle. The forums here are fantastic! There’s a map feature that allows you to see and interact with other overlanders in your immediate area. We joined officially and are Overland Bound member #14045. You can find us in the forums by our number or under the usernames Jeepsies and Mrs. Jeepsies.
Expedition Portal – A fantastic website and community of overland adventurers who primarily travel via motorcycle and 4WD vehicle. The founders are also the producers of Overland Journal, which is the must-read magazine resource on the subject of overlanding. We’re on these forums under the username Jeepsies.
Overlanding Resources: YouTube
Video is hot and these overlanders are doing it well. Give them a thumbs up and subscribe to their channels:
Expedition Overland – The first set of overlanding videos we got addicted to. This is a group based out of Bozeman, Montana, that has done extensive overland travel in Toyota vehicles. The videos of their journeys are extremely high quality. Watch them and you’ll be instantly hooked on the lifestyle.
Lifestyle Overland – This family always makes me smile. The quality of their YouTube channel is top notch as they travel with their precious daughter. They’re especially encouraging to my wife and me, as they’re a few miles farther down the road when it comes to traveling with a little one. Two years into their channel and over 1.7M views? Yes, go watch them now.
Overland Bound – No, this isn’t deja vu. I listed Overland Bound under Forums, but they also have a YouTube channel worth subscribing to. Michael and Corrie are fantastic. They’re down to earth and approachable in all they do. They’re an encouragement to anyone just getting started in the overlanding lifestyle. So glad I found them early on in our journey. You’ll do well to get to know them, too.
Trail Recon – A man and his son making epic video out on the trails. What’s not to love? This channel was started in October 2015 and I’m absolutely addicted. I do have one issue with them: they can’t produce content fast enough for me to devour it. An excellent channel and must-follow if you’re into overlanding or Jeeping. I really hope we get to meet them in person soon.
4xoverland – Andrew St Pierre White is the hero of pretty much every overlander. The Marlon Perkins of the overlanding world. If you didn’t catch that reference, then you aren’t as old as I am. Regardless of your age, go to Andrew’s channel right now and get lost in goodness. His demeanor, appreciation for overlanding, and humility will envelop you instantly.
Ronny Dahl – Ronny Dahl has an awesome YouTube channel. Thanks to one of my readers for pointing me in his direction. Ronny has tons of videos up on his site. All are high quality and interesting. I especially like his 4 Wheeling Family and Camping Edition 2 part series. In this series he’s out with his entire family doing amazing things. Shout out to Ronny, Steph, Hannah, and Sienna! Go check out his YouTube, you’ll be glad you did.
Overlanding Resources: Vendors We Love
Sometimes the best vendor is the one you find on an Internet rabbit trail. These are the ones I’ve discovered that I stand by:
Altitude Industries – Lee Hoffman of Altitude Industries in Evergreen, Colorado is the man. He’s the one we purchased our iKamper Skycamp roof top tent, Rhino-Rack roof rack, and Rhino-Rack Batwing awning from. If you’re even considering getting a roof top tent, then do yourself a favor and talk with Lee first. He’s a family man who doesn’t only talk the talk, but walks the walk, too. He’s out there all the time in his own overlanding rig. He’s one of us.
Patriot Campers – These trailers are drool-worthy. Brittany found these campers and basically said, “That’s my trailer right there.” I hadn’t even looked at the site yet when she looked back at me and said, “Not kidding.” So yeah, check them out. They’ve won best overlanding trailer 5 years in a row in Australia. Really looking forward to seeing them in person at Overland Expo East.
Overlanding Resources: Blogs
I’m glad you found our blog, and I hope you’ll subscribe to our articles as we launch our overland adventure. But there are others we personally admire who we feel are worth following.
Overlanding Family – If it wasn’t for these folks, I wouldn’t be writing this article. They’ve pretty much done it all where international overland travel is concerned. Whenever I think of them, I think of using the hashtag #overlandinggoals.
The Road Chose Me – Dan is doing it right and has been for a very long time. He’s also not so cool that he won’t answer questions. Oh, and he’s in Africa, so there’s that. I’ve personally hit up Dan with questions on Expedition Portal, and he was kind enough to not only answer, but to do so in thoughtful detail. If you’re reading this, thank you, Dan. Safe travels, brother.
Bumfuzzle – They’ve been traveling the world for years using every mode possible. These folks are true global adventurers. Both my wife and I have mad respect for everything they’ve done. You know that urban slang YOLO (You Only Live Once)? Well, they should have a photo of Bumfuzzle next to that entry in the urban dictionary.
Overlanding Resources: Instagram
I don’t follow many people on our Instagram, but that’s only because I want my feed to be the highest quality it can be, not cluttered with things we aren’t interested in. So far on Instagram, these are our favorite overlanders to follow:
Overland Bound – Yes, I’m obsessed with Overland Bound–arguably my favorite overall resource so far. If you haven’t joined their main site yet, what are you waiting for? Also follow them on Instagram because they kill it there, too.
trailrecon – One of these days, I’m just going to creep up on Trail Recon, slip in, and join their caravan. When they count Jeeps at some random stop, they’re going to find one more in the line. Fair warning. Their IG is full of places I want to go. Would love to hang out with them. Inspirational to the core.
Ovrlndx – Found this account through Trail Recon. Ovrlndx’s overlanding rig is incredible. Though I’ve never met him personally, he seems like the guy you’d want to hang out with on an extended overlanding trip. Amicable, kind, and knowledgeable. Those are the vibes I get. If I ever meet him in person, I’ll let you know if I was right. But give him a follow on IG. Every post is fantastic.
goosegear – We don’t have any of their gear yet, but I’m impressed. Even if it is just dreaming, you should follow GooseGear and get to know them. A leading manufacturer of overlanding products and nobody has anything negative to say about them. Yeah, they’re that good.
liveworkwander – Jessica and Jorge are living and working out of a Land Cruiser. If their images on IG don’t make you want to leave everything and hit the road right now, then I don’t know what will. Love these folks. “Live free. Drive hard.”
blueridgeoverlandgear – Another company I’ve been really impressed with, that has been recommended to us many times by experienced overlanders. I love their feed on IG and definitely recommend you give them a follow. Also, I need their tool bags in my life.
dudelum – Inspiration doesn’t get much better. 79K followers and counting. Dan’s photos are breathtaking. Every.Single.One. Traveling in his Jeep with his family, this dad is Instagramming done right. Every post is worth a like. Don’t believe me? Take a look and be inspired.
leeandamy – The only thing I really dislike about these two is that they haven’t invited Brittany and me on a journey yet. Let’s put it this way: we’ve been traveling fulltime for 5 years and our son has been to more National Park Service sites in his first 21 months of life than most adults see in a lifetime, and I still have travel envy of these two. They are doing life right.
epicfamilyroadtrip – Their motto is: Work, Play, Care. This family of 5 left everything behind to travel the globe together. Their hearts are incredible and their posts worth following. I’m always blessed and encouraged by each one of their posts. They’ve been all over. Oh, and now they’re building a cabin together. What? If you are an overlanding or adventure-loving family, make sure you follow them immediately.
theroadchoseme – Africa. Over 800 days and 38,000 overland miles driven on the continent. Dan Grec is one of my overlanding heroes. If you are dreaming big, this is the account to follow. I sure hope you are reading this Dan, so I can personally thank you for the inspiration, right here, right now. If you aren’t following Dan yet, do yourself a favor and go do that now.
overlandjournal – Simply put, every overlander should be following this account. This is the official account of the Overland Journal magazine. “The publication for environmentally responsible, worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel.”
venture4wd – Chris Shontz is a photographic storyteller. All you need to do for inspiration into the overlanding lifestyle is follow his Instagram feed. One of my readers turned me onto him and suggested I add him to the list. I’m hooked. Followed him immediately, you should too. His photos are crisp and active. The kind that make you want to drop everything and head out the door.
Overlanding Resources: Podcasts
The Overlanding Podcast – These podcasters are responsible for all of what you are reading. Brittany heard an episode where they were interviewing Overlanding Family and that was pretty much all it took to get us traveling the world. We talk about the spark that got us into overlanding in our “Overlanding to Mexico” article. I think the podcast may be done now, but the previous episodes are full of practical info and inspiration.
GHT Overland Podcast – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0…ignition…lift off! Chris and Lisa interview overland travelers and explorers from all over the globe. Grab your headphones and a cup of coffee, and pick any one of their many episodes that pique your interest. The early episodes didn’t have the highest quality audio, but they’ve been getting better with each episode. They’ve been consistent, kind, and continually spread the overlanding love. Get to know them!
Overlanding Resources: Annual Overlanding Events
Overland Expo – Expo East is in Asheville, NC in November. Expo West is in Flagstaff, AZ in May. Both are worth going to, since Overland Expo is the premier biannual overlanding event in the USA. We’ll be attending Expo East this year. If you’re going, drop us a comment below and let us know!
NW Overland Rally – Once a year in the summer, overlanders from across the world gather in the Pacific Northwest for a full weekend of overlanding goodness. Top notch vendors, presenters, classes, and more. Their motto is simple: “Have fun, learn stuff, and meet new friends.” I like it.
Overlanding Resources: Mexico Specific
You may or may not know that we’re heading to Mexico in January 2019. So we’ve been looking specifically for overlanding resources that will help us along south of the border. Below are the sites we’ve found most helpful thus far.
liferemotely – They haven’t written on their blog since January 2015, but don’t let that stop you from checking out their blog if you’re headed south. They have a fantastic book entitled “Don’t Go There. It’s Not Safe. You’ll Die.” about traveling to Mexico. Best book title ever, and you can download it for free on their website.
Nomad-ish travel blog – One of our favorite resources so far! This family has extensive information on overlanding to Mexico, and the rules and processes associated with it. Awesome folks, too.
Baja Bound – A website that primarily focuses on Baja, but has extensive information on overlanding in Mexico in general.
What Have I Missed?
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