By now, after participating in quite a few recoveries, from simple ones to extremely complicated ones, I sort of gather a bit of experience and started to get a better idea of the gear I must have with me at all times.
Right now, I have the basic stuff my rig includes, such as my winch, hi-jack lift, hard shackles, etc. But in my vehicle I also carry a bunch of other gear I believe I will need most times. Lets go thru the list.
In my recovery bag:
3 soft shackles, rated to at least 24,000 pounds. 2 tree savers. 3 Straps of different brands rated to at least 24,000 pounds. 1 Kinetic rope. 2 Factor55 Rope Retention Pulleys, 3 normal pulleys. 2 extra hard shackles (besides the 5 attached to the rig) . 1 tow strap heavy duty rated to 15,000 pounds. 1 axe, 1 chainsaw, 1 machete, 1 crowbar, 2 shovels.
The reason I carry extra straps, shackles and tree savers, is because very often we ended up sharing this among other vehicles during the recovery. Also keep in mind, straps, soft shackles and tree savers have a short lifespan compared to things like a hard shackle or a pulley. So always bring an extra one.
Other auxiliary tools:
1 NOCO Boost Pro GB150 4000 Amp Jump starter, you never know when would you need to jump start your vehicle or a vehicle you are recovering, and it might be easier to use a mobile jump starter than trying to get close enough with your rig to use cables.
1 complete set of wrenches in metric and inches. Regular set of tools, duct tape, wire and jump cables. 1 pump inflator VIAIR 450p and 2 sets of deflator tools.
2 handheld radios and the CB radio installed in my rig, so I can share one radio with the person in the recovered vehicle to coordinate. 1 Satellite communicator GPS device so I can actually call for extra help even when in remote out of cell phone service areas.
2.5 Gallons of fuel. 2 traction pads. During winter, heavy duty tire chains. 3 Flashlights. 2 flood lights. MRE Food and Water for a few days.
This is for the last year what I always have in my rig. I’m sure with more experience in the future I will refine this list but so far this has worked well for me. Hope this helps build up your gear in your own vehicle.
See you in the trails,