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What We Bring - Light Traveler or Over-Packer?

2012 Jeep Jk Rubicon Unlimited
Kevin Blumer | Writer
Posted May 1, 2012

Which One Are You?

From the “Be Prepared” motto of the Boy Scouts of America to the “Go Prepared” of Warn Industries, the message is clear: backcountry trips require readiness and equipment. But how much is too much, and how much is not enough?

There’s no set formula for what constitutes preparedness and what does not. When prepping for a trip, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of your vehicle, the duration of your trail trip, the terrain you’ll be encountering, and the number of other people and vehicles also along for the ride. Based on these variables and your own judgment, you can begin to pack your tools and spares.

To illustrate the two ends of the spectrum, we paid a visit to Poison Spyder Customs’ Larry and Cheri McRae, and then took a close look at the payload inside a personal daily driver/trail rig.

Larry and Cheri personify the “light traveler.” Cheri’s new JK is packed with a minimalist-style selection of tools and gear that leaves plenty of room left over inside for passengers. It feels clean and uncluttered.

On the other hand, the equipment found inside the 4Runner bears strong resemblance to a gas. Unlike a solid or liquid, a gas expands to fill its container. While well-equipped for the solo adventures often undertaken, it turns out that there are some definite opportunities to pare down the 4Runner’s payload. Yep, I’m an “over-packer.”

Take a look at what we bring, and then decide how much is right for you.

The Light Traveler

Cheri McRae’s 2012 JK Rubicon Unlimited is built with a smart selection of bolt-on suspension parts and bolt-on Poison Spyder hardware. Since the McRae’s usually ’wheel with groups and quite often have their tow rig waiting in the main camp area they don’t need to load the JK very heavily.


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