Off-road survival tips
Experts Bill Wu and Gary Humphrey of Car Vs Wild give My Paper a few survival tips on driving in harsh terrain:
Make sure basic maintenance is performed before you go, as you don't want to begin (your journey) with something unreliable.
If you're prepared, with the right equipment and mentality, then you'd have confidence. If you have confidence, you can go anywhere.
Have a good attitude. If you don't panic, you won't make a hasty decision, but a rational one. That's important.
ALWAYS ASK: WHAT IF?
Always plan for the worst and be pessimistic.
FLEXIBILITY AND ADAPTATION
Think of unconventional ways to fix things. Say your fan belt breaks, but you don't have an extra one. What can you use to replace it? You can use pantyhose, a shirt or whatever you have on hand.
If you don't have a jack, you're stuck. You also have to have a wrench. If you have one, you can get out of anything.
Spare oil, plenty of water, overhead protection and some way to make a fire will allow you to survive for days without any problems.