Overland Truck vs Rugged Van: Which Do You Need?

Sometimes, what you need is different than what you want. Granted, some needs and wants can coincide, but most of the time your bare necessities are not the same as your wish list items.

When you’re headed out into the wilderness for adventure, you need a vehicle to get you there, one that can handle all your passengers and gear, and one that will continue to be reliable and stable in any terrain. Lucky for you, if you want a fierce off-roading vehicle, our Rugged Van rentals fit the bill! 

Traditional Camping

Camping comes in all shapes and sizes. Technically speaking, camping is the action of temporarily living in a tent or camper. In reality, this could mean sleeping under the stars in your back yard or on top of a mountain. Camping is typically done by one or more individuals in a separate location in an alternative shelter. Within those vague bounds, camping is whatever you make it. You could rent an RV, a pop-up camper, or take a tent. All you require is a larger vehicle to haul all you need for your outing. 

Camping Necessities 

Depending on where you’re going, you will need varying amounts of camping equipment. Camping in a campground usually means level ground, a bathhouse, picnic tables, and a grill. Even with these “luxuries,” you’ll still need to bring a rather extensive list of items:

  • Tent / camper / RV with rain protection 
  • Sleeping bags, pads, blankets, and pillows
  • Camping chairs 
  • Light (lantern, headlamp, or flashlight) with extra batteries
  • Firewood, lighter/firestarter 
  • Cooking essentials (pots, pan, eating utensils, plates, bowls, mugs, etc.)
  • Cooler with food and water
  • Trash bags
  • Season clothing
  • Toiletries 
  • First-aid kit
  • Sun and bug protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.) 


Overlanding is camping on steroids. Overlanding is often more about the journey than the destination as you’ll be adventuring in remote areas with a vehicle specifically designed for this type of exploration. One main differentiation between overlanding and camping is the heightened vehicle-support overlanding requires. An overlanding vehicle must be suited for varying terrain as well as the capacity for a camper or two plus gear. These vehicles aren’t your standard off-roading beasts – they’re decked out and designed for the unexpected. 

Overlanding Origins

While this type of exploration is not new by any means, it is gaining popularity in America. It first began in the Australian outback as a way to make intracontinental travel and trade possible. Horses were the first means of transportation. Then, transportation evolved to railways and eventually motorcycles and cars. Overlanding was originally done mostly from necessity, as individuals needed to travel across the country as a means of prosperous living. Today, overlanding is a recreational outlet. 

Overlanding Destinations

The overlanding community is all for traveling outside the normal bounds of camping destinations. However, one thing is clear: safety for both yourself and the environment is imperative. You should never go into private property without permission nor should you go where you will be in physical danger. And, wherever you go, you should leave little to no trace of your presence when you leave. This means ensuring all fires are properly extinguished, trash is picked up, and your surroundings are not altered. 

Overlanding Necessities 

The most important part of overlanding is the vehicle. It must be agile, reliable, and able to hold all you’ll need – and you’ll need plenty of room. The key when overlanding is to play it safe and pack for worst-case scenarios.

  • Tent /sleep pad 
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, and pillows
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Roof racks
  • Cargo storage racks
  • Food and water storage
  • First-aid kit 
  • Tool kit and tire patch kit 
  • Navigational system
  • Stovetop 
  • Portable generator 
  • Camping shovel (digging out tires, etc.)

Rugged Van Rentals

Overlanding Vehicles

Overlanding vehicles can be difficult to build unless you have ample time, money, and resources. It could be fun to piece together your ideal overlanding truck, but if you’d rather let someone else do all the heavy lifting, Rugged Van Rentals is your best bet. We have worked hard to compile all the necessary overlanding equipment into one rough-and-tough package.

Our Chevy Colorado seats 5 riders and has been beefed up with 3” lifts, bed rack, and rooftop tent. We dropped in a Decked system set of drawers with all the cooking essentials like dual burner cook stove, utensils, lanterns, four small chairs, a table, first aid kit, and room for your own gear. Plus, we want to ensure your food and water stay fresh, so we’ve provided an extra-large Otterbox cooler and 2 Rotopax 2-gallon water packs. And that’s just in our basic package! You have the option to add on several other bonus items such as kayak racks, bike racks, or other goodies we’ll surprise you with during your booking process. 

Camping Vehicles

There’s nothing basic about what we do. We take automobiles and turn them into adventure-worthy vessels. Our Chevy Express passenger vans seat 15 riders comfortable with their gear. We added 3” lifts since we’ve replaced the tires with 33” off-road tires, installed roof racks, fuel ladders, step bars, brush guard bumpers, and a full-size tire swing. This alone is enough to get you anywhere you want to go with ease, comfort, and plenty of room for the gear you’ll need for your adventure! But we didn’t stop there. Check out our list of awesome add-ons: 

  • Airport Pick up and Delivery
  • Roof-Top Tent 
  • Child Safety Seats
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Kayak Stackers
  • Cargo Boxes
  • Bike Racks 
  • Grocery Store Run 

Now that you have all the information you need, your choice should be relatively simple. We’ve created the best adventure vans in the area so you can make the most of your next trip. Our overlanding truck and passenger vans are gassed up and ready to take you to the peak, the forest, or the valley.

Snag your Rugged Van Rental today on our quick and easy booking page – and head out on an adventure!