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UTVs provide a great way for you to have fun and stay safe while out on the trails. However, there are some essential items that you need to keep in your UTV at all times. In this blog post, we will discuss these items and why they are so important. Stay safe and have fun!

You should keep numerous items in your side-by-side at all times. It includes essential documents, such as your driver's license and registration, and less essential items like snacks and a first-aid kit. But what are the most important things to keep with you? Here, we will discuss some things you should always have with you, whether you ride your UTV in the forest out back or on a famous trail in another state.

Registration and Proof of Insurance

You should always keep your registration and proof of insurance in your side-by-side. In that case, if you are involved in an accident, you can show the authorities that you are insured. You may be subject to a fine without proper registration or insurance or even have your vehicle impounded.

Additionally, if you are involved in an accident, your insurance company will need to see your registration and proof of insurance to process your claim. If you do not have these documents, get them as soon as possible.

Essential Tech Tools and Accessories

If you own an RZR, you must have some RZR accessories on hand in case something needs to be replaced, like a brake pad, a drive belt with a CVT installation tool, or a throttle battery in an emergency.

Off-roading can put you in difficult circumstances, so having these items on hand might spare you a lot of trouble. For example, a tow strap can help you get pulled out if you get stuck. Or, if you need to cross a body of water, a winch can help you do so safely. Be sure only to use accessories designed for your specific RZR model, as some equipment may not be compatible with all models.

No matter what UTV model you take on your off-road adventure, winches, safety/riding gear, repair kits, and radios allow, you to have a safe and enjoyable journey.

A Map

A map should always be in your vehicle if you plan to travel to an unfamiliar location. Then, if you get lost, you can find your way back to where you need to go. Even though many phones and GPS devices come equipped with mapping software, there is always the possibility of these failing you (your phone may die on you, or your GPS can get broken).

Maps are also beneficial in case of an emergency. For example, if your vehicle breaks down or you are stranded in the middle of nowhere with little (or no) phone service, a map can help you find your way back to civilization.

A Flashlight

A flashlight can be a lifesaver in many different situations. For example, a flashlight can help you see what you are doing if you have a flat tire at night. Or for example, if your UTV breaks down and you have to walk for help, a flashlight can help you signal for assistance.

Additionally, if you get stuck in your vehicle at night in the wilderness, a flashlight can help you see what you are doing. Finally, a flashlight is one of the most versatile tools you can keep side-by-side, so always have one on hand.

A First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit is an essential item to keep your side-by-side, especially if you are driving with children. In addition, if someone gets hurt, a first-aid kit can help you treat minor injuries until professional medical help arrives.

A Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is another essential item to keep in your side-by-side. If a fire were to break out, a fire extinguisher could help you put it out before it has a chance to spread. On that note, be sure that you are checking the expiration date on your fire extinguisher from time to time and replacing it when needed.

Snacks and Water

Bringing food and beverages with you on a long trip is always ideal. In this manner, you can eat or drink something without having to stop if you become hungry or thirsty. Non-perishable snacks like granola bars or nuts are ideal as they do not require refrigeration.

It is also a good idea to have some water on hand. This way, if you ever run out of gas or your car breaks down, you will have something to drink until help arrives.


These are just a few essential items you should always keep in your side-by-side. With these items on hand, you can prepare for anything that comes your way. So, stock up on these items and keep them in your side-by-side before hitting those trails and unbeaten paths you’ve sought so much.


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