Originally Posted by mjp2
A good trailer and strong tow vehicle. I break a lot.
If you aren't breaking shit, you aren't trying hard enough.
Just kidding OP, it is more than possible to go out and have fun without breaking stuff. I did it for a long time before I started pushing it beyond "that point" and started breaking things more often.
Bring enough supplies to spend a night out wherever you are. Warmth, water, and food in that order. Bring a pack so you could walk out, bringing those supplies with you.
Bring a GPS and a compass. Know how to use them. I always note a panic azimuth before heading out. A panic azimuth is a direction on the compass that I know I can go and hit something recognizable no matter what. For example, if you know that where you will be, you will hit a freeway if you head NE, that's your panic azimuth. No matter what, if you're completely lost, head NE, and you'll hit whatever feature you've chosen.
Always top off fuel at the closest station to where you leave pavement.
Bring a shovel. Bring a recovery strap. Know how to use them.
Bring common sense.
Bring a cool head. Getting stuck is not the end of the world. You will get it out. Don't panic and do stupid, desperate things that will damage your truck.
Bring a phone with some numbers of guys who can come help pull you out. Or a tow truck's #, but they're gonna charge you an arm and a leg.
With this forum, particularly the SoCal and AZ crowd, there's enough of us always out there wheeling that there's no reason to not have someone with you.