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ATV Trip Checklist: What You Need To Pack

ATV Trip Checklist

ATV Tool Kit

  • Dealer Provided Make/Model Tools (most ATVs come with a set included)
  • Allen Wrench Set
  • Pliers
  • Vise grips
  • One changeable screwdriver flat head/phillips head
  • One additional flat-head screwdriver (two flat-heads can be used to get a tire back on a rim)
  • Swiss Army Knife /Multi-tool
  • T-Handle Socket Set
  • Axle Wrench (with extension bar if necessary)
  • Small high power flash light or head lamp (+ extra batteries)
  • Tow Strap (and/or winch for extreme conditions or advanced riding)
  • Extra hardware, nuts and bolts (they take up very little room and can come in handy)

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ATV Tire Tools

  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Tire Plug Kit
  • CO2 canister or 12 volt air compressor


  • Duct Tape (Wrap some around a nail or pencil; you can also find small rolls online. Duct tape can also be used to create an emergency splint.)
  • Zip ties
  • Super glue (Can also be used to seal small cuts in an emergency.)
  • Epoxy (like JB Weld)

ATV Equipment

  • Extra gas
  • Racks
  • Waterproof storage containers (bags/storage boxes)
  • Ratchet straps for securing gear

ATV Riding Gear

  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Wind breaker
  • Rain suit
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sun glasses

ATV Survival Gear

  • Cell phone (+charger/battery)
  • Maps/gps
  • First aid kit
  • ATV trail riding survival kit (this link will take you to a more detailed article for putting together your own ATV survival kit)
  • Small ax or portable saw for clearing downed trees
  • Swiss army knife/multi-tool
  • Gun & ammo
  • Satellite phone (+charger/battery)


  • Camera (+charger/battery)
  • Glasses (prescription/reading/sun glasses)
  • Prescription meds
  • ID/drivers license
  • Money/credit cards
  • Book
  • Music
  • Fishing gear
  • Deck of cards
  • Walkie talkies
  • Wine/booze bladder
  • Day pack

Kitchen Kit

  • Water/filter
  • Meal plan/food (+72 hours emergency supplies)
  • Quick energy snacks
  • Instant Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
  • Dried creamer/sugar
  • Spices
  • Fire starter (take two separate types of fire starter – lighter, waterproof matches, flint fire starter)
  • Stove + fuel
  • Nesting Pots/pans (w/lids)
  • Silverware
  • Plates/cups
  • Sharp knife for food prep and survival
  • Trash bags and a way to pack out trash

Camping Gear

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Extra strong tent stakes
  • Tarp
  • Head lamp/flashlight/lantern (+charger/battery)
  • Camp chair (nice to have if you have the room)
  • Storage bags
  • Bear spray (if needed)
  • Rope (for hanging rain tarp and food in bear regions)
  • Small collapsible shovel (for digging back country toilet) or portable backcountry toilet kit (for areas where packing out waste is required)
  • Storage for toilet waste (if necessary)


  • Biodegradable soap (multi use for body & kitchen)
  • Toothbrush / paste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunblock
  • Bug/mosquito repellent
  • Razor (if needed)
  • Toilet paper
  • Small package of baby wipes (if you have the space)
  • Storage bag


General Riding Clothing

2 – 3 sets of riding/lounging outfits:

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt (better for sun and trail protection)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Storage bags

*if space is very limited pack 2 separate outfits – wear one/wash one. Supplement with clean underwear and socks. Choose quick drying fabrics vs. denim. They’re easier to wash on the trail and they dry quicker.

Cold Weather Clothing

  • Extra warm jacket
  • Fleece pants
  • Wind jacket
  • Wind pants
  • Long johns (for sleeping and riding)
  • Extra warm socks
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Buff

Warm Weather Clothing

  • Swim suit
  • Water shoes
  • Sun hat

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