Lately, I’ve been adding #overlandfam to a lot of my Instagram posts. It’s taken me a little while to own our place as an overlanding family. I often get asked though, what does mean to “overland”. It’s not a silly question at all, and truthfully, it wasn’t really a term that I was all that familiar with a year ago.

I found this definition on Overland Journal that I think is perfect.


Vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures.

I was hesitant to use the term in regards to our family adventures for a while because I didn’t feel like we were overlanding hard enough to dub ourselves true overlanders. But gosh-darn-it, we are loving our weekends in the truck, exploring on our vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel.

There certainly are more hardcore overlanders out there, and I’m confident that there are longer and more remote overland adventure travels in our future.

Val just created a great post sharing some of our favorite camping essentials that make our overlanding adventures possible. Overlanding has allowed our family to explore some new places, together. We love having the rooftop tent that makes setting up and taking down camp easy.

To me, overlanding is a simple as loading up the family, hitting the road in the truck, and seeing where we end up. It’s my favorite.