If you love the thrill of ATV riding and have made a habit of it already, these are a few essentials you should always carry with you.
Must-carry Items for ATV Riders
First Aid Kit
You might think to yourself, “but I’m never going to use that.” A first aid kit is a lot like insurance. Even though you pay for it on a regular basis, you don’t see the benefit until the unexpected happens. Even the most basic first aid kit is better than no first aid kit at all. Bring it with you. It’s not going to add too much bulk to your backpack, and it will be super-helpful if you ever injure yourself.
It might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people consider this irrelevant. They’ll go out and ride in just jeans, a T-shirt, and some sneakers, and that is not enough. If you’re serious about ATV riding, remember this: helmets save lives and protective clothes are just as important. That means long pants, sleeves, gloves, goggles, and boots (strong high-top shoes to cover your ankles).
A Good Tool Kit
This is 100% a must-have. There’s usually a very basic tool kit that comes with the machine, but if you’re a more experienced rider, you know you’ll need more than that. Pack the tools you need the most into a bag you can carry with you. Additionally, you might want to consider adding some duct tape, a flashlight, and even some fire-starting essentials, just in case.
Charged cellphone (and charger, just in case)
Even though part of the point of going on an ATV tour or ride is to be unplugged from the rest of the world, you don’t want to end up stranded in the middle of nowhere with no phone – or even worse, a dead phone. Make sure you charge your phone before hitting the road, and always bring your charger with you. You never know when your battery will need a boost.
Air Pump, Patch Kit, and Extra Gas
When you have a flat tire in the city, you call a tow truck and you know everything is going to be OK. When you’re out on an ATV trip, you’re in charge. Bring a small 12-volt air compressor with you, along with a simple patch kit. Also, get a good gas can that keeps gas from spilling out and ventilates properly. You can thank us later.