Enjoying Get Outdoors Day with Your Truck or Jeep®

Updated on Jun 7, 2024

As Summer encroaches and the weather begins to shift, the sweet smells of new leaves and freshly cut grass fill the air. The outdoor season is upon us, which means it’s time to ready your trucks and toys for the upcoming months of outdoor adventure. 

Come early June and help RealTruck® ring in summer by celebrating National Get Outdoors Day, a holiday celebrating the great outdoors and everything Mother Nature offers. 

In this feature, we’re taking a closer look at National Get Outdoors Day. Follow along for some history of the holiday, our recommended outdoor activities involving your ride, and our top products to optimize your outdoor setup.

National Get Outdoors Day

To kick things off, let’s answer some common questions regarding National Get Outdoors Day, including what the holiday represents, when it takes place, who puts it on, and more.

What Is National Get Outdoors Day?

National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day for short, is a national holiday established in 2008. The holiday encourages people to partake in healthy outdoor activities, surrounded by fresh air, open skies, and the great outdoors.

When Is National Get Outdoors Day?

National Get Outdoors Day officially falls on the second Saturday in June, though the actual date varies yearly. In 2024, National Get Outdoors Day falls on Saturday, June 8th.

Who Coordinates National Get Outdoors Day?

National Get Outdoors Day is coordinated by the US Forest Service and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable—a leading business coalition working to produce a sustainable outdoor recreation economy.

What Perks Come Along with National Get Outdoors Day?

Aside from the inherent perks of outdoor recreation, several agencies offer free entry into day-use sites on National Get Outdoors Day. While not all day-use sites follow this rule, most sites managed by the US Forest Service grant free entry on the holiday, encouraging participation.

Integrating Your Ride Into National Get Outdoors Day

This National Get Outdoors Day, integrate your truck, Jeep®, or SUV into the holiday festivities. Several activities can blend outdoor and automotive recreation, like wheeling, camping, overlanding, and more. Check out our favorite ways to integrate your ride into this year’s GO Day.

Truck/SUV Camping

With the recent boom in truck and SUV camping, we’d encourage you to load up the roof tent, pack up your truck's bed, and hit your favorite campsite this National Get Outdoors Day. Invite friends and family, or enjoy a solo trip in the wilderness with your favorite outdoor accessories from RealTruck. 


Air down your tires and hit the trail this National Get Outdoors Day. There’s no better way to witness nature’s beauty than behind the wheel of a built off-road rig. Shop our lift kits, tires, bumpers, and recovery gear to ready your rig for the off-road adventure of a lifetime.


Overlanding has grown considerably in popularity over the past few years, and this National Get Outdoors Day provides overlanders with the perfect opportunity to load up and hit the trail. Wheel your way to your favorite remote campsite, pop up your roof tent, and enjoy an evening under the stars.


Spend this year’s National Get Outdoors Day casting a line into your favorite lake. Enjoy the beautiful weather catching and releasing, or load up the cooler with a fresh-caught, home-cooked seafood dinner.

Beach Treks

If you’re lucky enough to live close to the coast, consider spending this year’s National Get Outdoors Day on the shoreline. Listen to the crashing waves, feel the sand beneath your feet, and take a dip. And don’t forget to pack the cooler and grill for a seaside dinner.

RealTruck’s Expert Picks for Get Outdoors Day

It’s important to make the most out of this year's National Get Outdoors Day. In this section, we’re outlining the top products and accessories to ready your ride for a day in the great outdoors.

Truck Racks

Truck racks provide the ultimate base structure for mounting outdoor accessories, ranging from tents and awnings to jerry cans and recovery tools. At RealTruck, we offer several rack styles and configurations, ensuring a product that suits your pickup.

RealTruck Expert Recommendation: RealTruck® GoRack™

Check out the RealTruck® GoRack™—an all-new, adventure-themed truck bed rack system. Featuring a robust steel construction and mid-height design, the GoRack can support a wide array of accessories, including tents, awnings, recovery equipment, and more. With a hefty weight rating of 600–1,000 pounds (dynamic versus static), the RealTruck GoRack can withstand most camping setups and 2–3 individuals. 

The GoRack provides versatile above-the-bed cargo capabilities, featuring adjustable crossbars to manage a wide range of cargo. Extruded side rails feature built-in T-slots for accessory mounting, while integrated MOLLE side panels accept Roto-style fuel packs, traction boards, off-road jacks, tools, and more.

The GoRack is compatible with most T-slot integrated tonneau covers and side rails. As a RealTruck product, we back the GoRack with our industry-leading support and a limited lifetime warranty.  


  • Mid-height rack is ideal for mounting a rooftop tent

  • Maintains adequate clearance for garage parking

  • Provides versatile above-the-bed cargo-carrying capability

  • Perfect for securely transporting bikes, kayaks, camping equipment, etc.

  • Extruded rack side rails feature built-in T-slots for accessory mounting

  • Integrated MOLLE side panels accept Roto-style fuel packs, traction boards, off-road jacks, tools, etc.

  • Adjustable heavy-duty steel cross bars provide flexibility for managing a wide range of cargo 

  • 1,000 lbs. static | 600 lbs. dynamic weight rating

  • Compatible with T-slot-integrated tonneau covers

  • Limited lifetime warranty

Roof Tents

Roof tents are the perfect sleep setup for truck/SUV campers and overlanders. These accessories provide quick setups, exceptional comfort, and a secure, off-the-ground sleeping position.

RealTruck Expert Recommendation: RealTruck® GoTent™

Introducing the RealTruck® GoTent™—the newest pop-up tent from RealTruck. Sporting a rugged stainless steel frame and lightweight aluminum hardshell, the GoTent offers maximum durability while retaining a lightweight 169-lb. weight. Beneath the hard shell, a water-resistant Oxford fabric tent body offers exceptional durability and weather protection. 

If comfort is a concern, the GoTent has you covered. On the tent’s floor, a synthetic fiber floorboard boosts rigidity and provides a solid base for the included 2-in. thick foam mattress. Zippered mesh screens on all windows provide airflow for superior comfort. 

Setting up the GoTent is a breeze with its corrosion-resistant stainless steel hinges and gas-charged struts. After popping open the tent, use the telescoping ladder for quick entry. 

As a RealTruck product, we back the GoTent with our industry-leading support and a limited lifetime warranty.  


  • Rugged stainless-steel frame with lightweight aluminum hardshell weighs just 169 lbs.

  • Measures 7-ft. x 4.3-ft. x 5.25-ft. tall in the open position

  • Waterproof Oxford fabric tent body 

  • Synthetic fiber floorboard adds structural rigidity

  • 2-in. high-density foam mattress for undeniable interior comfort

  • Windows include zippered mesh screens

  • Integrated storage pockets on the inside

  • Stainless steel hinges and gas-charged struts allow easy setup

  • A sturdy telescoping ladder makes tent entry a breeze

  • Integrated T-slot rails accommodate a variety of overlanding accessories

  • Includes universal mounting brackets for installation onto any cross-bars

  • Limited lifetime warranty


Give your campsite some much-needed shade with a premium awning from RealTruck. We offer several sizes, shapes, and materials to suit a wide assortment of vehicles, protecting you and your accessories from excessive UV exposure or inclement weather.

RealTruck Expert Recommendation: RealTruck® Overland Awning

Rounding out RealTruck’s line of outdoor products is the RealTruck® Overland Awning. This premium awning measures 6.5 feet wide and 8.2 feet deep for a sizable footprint. Its high-quality ripstop polyester construction resists moisture, UV exposure, tears, and rips for years of reliable service. 

The RealTruck Overland Awning mounts to conventional T-slot channels, which are ideal for use alongside T-slot-compatible roof rails and rack systems. Its telescoping aluminum support posts provide a quick and sturdy setup, while stainless steel hardware and pole tie-down ropes/stakes firmly secure it to the ground. 

As a RealTruck product, we back the Overland Awning with our industry-leading support and a limited lifetime warranty.  


  • Complements the RealTruck® GoRack™ and GoTent™ 

  • Conventional pull-out style awning utilizes universal T-slot channel mounting for maximum stability and quick, easy setup

  • High-quality ripstop polyester construction is trail tough and fully water-repellant

  • The awning footprint measures 6.5 feet wide x 8.2 feet deep to provide spacious shade and weather cover for a variety of outdoor activities

  • Features telescoping aluminum support posts, stainless steel hardware, and pole tie-down ropes/stakes

  • Posts include a stake for soft ground and rubber foot for hard ground

  • Limited lifetime warranty


This National Get Outdoors Day, you’ll need a high-quality cooler to store beverages, snacks, and meals. Whether sipping cold ones by the lake or packing food for the night’s barbeque, a quality cooler can be the difference between perishables lasting for a few hours or a few days.

RealTruck Expert Recommendation:  Dometic CFX3 75DZ Dual Zone Powered Cooler

The Dometic CFX3 75DZ Dual Zone Powered Cooler keeps your food and drinks cool. With dual-zone cooling capabilities, an easy-to-read high-resolution display, and flexible power options, it is one of the most advanced coolers on the market. 

Heavy-duty construction and integrated aluminum handles ensure maximum strength and easy carrying. The cooler’s flexible power options support AC, DC, and solar, ensuring you’ll have power in any location. Advanced features include three-stage dynamic battery protection and advanced VMSO3 compressor cooling technology, offering reliable operation. 

The Dometic CFX3 75DZ Dual Zone Powered Cooler measures 19.49 in. deep by 18.58 in. tall by 35.12 in. wide and can hold up to 113 cans. For added peace of mind, Dometic backs it with a limited lifetime mechanical warranty and a 5-year electrical warranty. 


  • Easy to read, high-resolution, full-color display

  • Heavy-duty construction

  • Integrated aluminum handles allow for easy carrying

  • Flexible power options—compatible with AC, DC, and solar power

  • Three-stage dynamic battery protection prevents draining your vehicle’s battery

  • Advanced VMSO3 compressor cooling technology

  • Up to 113-can capacity

  • 19.49-in. deep x 18.58-in. height x 35.12-in. wide

  • Limited lifetime mechanical | 5-year electrical warranty

Gear Mounts and Carriers

If you’re looking to spend National Get Outdoors Day adventuring, consider our gear mounts and carriers, allowing you to safely and securely transport bikes, kayaks, canoes, and more.

RealTruck Expert Recommendation: Thule Apex XT Hitch Bike Rack 

Hauling your bikes to and from the trail has never been easier with the Thule Apex XT Hitch Bike Rack. This durable, all-steel, hitch-mounted bike rack affixes to your truck, Jeep®, or SUV’s hitch in minutes, providing ample room to carry up to four bikes totaling 150 pounds. 

Thule incorporates an intuitive anti-sway function into every Apex XT Bike Rack, ensuring minimal load shifting while driving. An integrated cable lock provides superior security for your bikes, dissuading thieves.

Thule stands behind the Apex XT Hitch Bike Rack, covering each order with a limited lifetime warranty.


  • Durable steel construction

  • Ratcheting cab strap makes it easy to attach and secure bikes

  • Accommodates multiple bike sizes and frame styles

  • Seven inches of space between each bike

  • Quick and easy to install and lock with included SnugTite stinger

  • 150-lb. load capacity

  • Limited lifetime warranty

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