Nothing beats personal experience for knowing what you will and won't need to extract your vehicle on the terrain you travel on. However, there are some basics that everyone should carry, some stuff which is useful occassionally, and some stuff you may never use, but may save the day if needed.
Essential Recovery Gear
Recovery Strap - 2" or 3"
Do not use the cheap tow straps with built in hooks as they can be dangerous, get a good quality 2" or 3" recovery strap or 1" recovery rope, along with some d-ring shackles, 5/8" or 3/4".
Recommended Recovery Gear
Shovel (full size or folding)
A tree saver can be used as a "bridle" to spread the load across two recovery points. Additional shackles are always useful, 3/4" shackles may be too big for some vehicles recovery points, so carrying some 5/8" shackles is not a bad idea.
Snatch Block (1 or 2)
Synthetic line is far safer and easier to use than steel line, and well worth the investment.
Other Trail Gear
Receiver Mounted Shackle
With experience you will discover what spare parts will be useful on the trail, but items like tie rods and half shaft assemblies are eay trail repairs and can prevent an early finish for the day. Spare parts are of little use without the tools to install them, so plan ahead and carry the correct tools to install the parts you carry.
A cell phone and other communications device, CB/FRS, is obviously very useful and a GPS may prove to be a life saver one day.
When extracting any vehicle, careful attention should be paid to safety, keep all bystanders back away from the area, and think everything through twice before you do it. Better to have a stuck truck, then someone injured.
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