Most Important Gear to Pack Heading to KoH
Heading to King of the Hammers (KOH) in Johnson Valley, California? It’s a highlight for anyone passionate about off-roading, blending intense racing with challenging rock crawling. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned attendee, the right preparation can make all the difference.
From what to pack to how to set up camp, here’s your guide to making the most of your KOH experience:
Clothing and Personal Gear
Between the blazing sun, the chilling nights, and the unpredictable winds that stir up quite the dust storm, be prepared for everything. Pack airy clothes for daytime, warm layers for nighttime, and perhaps a bandana or dust mask to shield against the dust.
Sunglasses, a hat with a wide brim, and sunscreen is non-negotiable.
Footwear Suitable for KoH
The terrain is rocky, sandy, and uneven. Make sure your feet are equipped with sturdy hiking boots.
Setting Up Camp at King of the Hammers
Your Home Away from Home
Are you setting up in an RV, opting for a rooftop tent, or grounding yourself with a traditional tent? No matter your choice, make sure it’s geared for windy and dusty conditions typical of the desert.
Tents should be durable and anchored well — desert winds are no joke.
Sleep Tight During King of the Hammers
A sleeping bag for colder nights and an insulating pad are crucial.
Don’t Forget Your Desert Kitchen
Think portable stove, fuel, utensils, and something to spark a flame.
Chill Spots at KoH
Portable chairs and tables for that perfect race view or campfire chat.
Eat, Drink, Rinse, Repeat
Stay Hydrated in the Desert
One gallon of water per person per day is the mantra.
Pack Up and Snack Up
Load up on energy bars, dried fruits, and some trusty canned goods.
Bring the Desert Fridge
A cooler is essential, especially when you’re craving a chilled beverage.
Want to know the BEST snacks to bring?
Make sure to read until the end to check out our BONUS SNACK LIST!
Safety First, Always
Absolutely Don’t Forget First Aid
Stock up on the basics and don’t forget your personal meds.
A charged cell phone and maybe even a satellite phone if you’re venturing into isolated areas.
Navigation is Key
GPS, compass, and maps. The desert can be tricky.
Light the Way
Flashlights or headlamps are essential, and so are extra batteries.
Keep Your Ride Supplied
King of the Hammers Tire Needs
Spare tires and repair kits. The rugged terrain waits for no one.
Fuel Up More Than You Think You Need
An extra fuel jug might just save the day.
Equip yourself with basic tools — the desert is no place for vehicle troubles.
Always Bring Rescue and Recovery Gear
Recovery gear like tow ropes and winches are always a good idea.
Things to Bring if You’re Spectating
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Binoculars are a great idea and will enhance your viewing pleasure while you’re watching the races.
Capture the Moment
Your GoPro or 360 camera will come in handy when you want to take pictures of the races or the scenery.
Protect Those Ears
Trust us, you’ll need ear protection, especially if you have little ones with you. Some of these rigs are LOUD.
Respect the Desert Environment
Keep the Desert Clean
Always leave no trace. Carry trash bags and ensure you pack out what you bring in.
When Nature Calls
Know where the facilities are or come prepared with a portable option.
Staying Eco-Friendly at KoH
Let’s minimize our impact. Recycle when possible using designated bins or keeping your own recycling separated to take home.
*Bonus Best Snacks to Bring List*
You made it to the end of our list! For extra bonus points, here’s a quick list of the best snacks to bring to KoH as well so you can stock up for your trip!
We Look Forward to Seeing Your at Hammers This year!
Enjoy every moment at KOH! With the incredible landscapes, great company, and thrilling races, it’s bound to be a memorable trip.
Safe travels, and we’ll see you out there!
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