Category Specific Guidelines and Criteria

In addition to our GENERAL CRITERIA & GUIDELINES, the below guidelines and criteria must be met based on the category which is selected. Because our database is to assist overlanders, some non-essential places have more rigorous criteria. 

Established Campground:  Campgrounds that advertise camping, regardless of amenities provided.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Any advertised campgrounds are considered established campgrounds, regardless of amenities provided. This includes everything from an RV park with every imaginable amenity to a designated area in a national park without any facilities. 

Guidance: Please add in the description: cell phone signal availability, electricity voltage (if it varies), size restrictions for larger vehicles, and any permits or park fees. 

Informal Campsite: An unadvertised camp spot associated with another business or institution (restaurant, gas station, etc)

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Add non-advertised camping spots attached to another business or facility. If the place is remote or not attached to any other facilities it should be wild camping.
  • Camping must be permitted. Do NOT add if the place is private property and permission is NOT given, locals do not allow it, or camping damages the environment.
  • You must stay the night. Do not add if you simply think it would be a good spot.
  • Camping in abandoned buildings must state that permission has been given.
  • The site must be available to ALL travelers. Do not add if camping was a special one-time invitation from the owner. 

Guidance: Please add in the description: cell phone signal availability, electricity voltage, size restrictions for larger vehicles.  In the case of camping on vacant private property, please state who gave permission.

Wild Camping: A camping spot not linked to a business or institution regardless of amenities or formal permissions.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Camping must be permitted. Do not add If it is private property, locals do not allow it, camping damages the environment, or ‘no camping’ signs are posted.
  • You must stay the night. Do not add if you simply think it would be a good spot. 
  • Wild camps are non-established and not linked to another business or institution. They rarely have amenities and are free. 

Guidance: Please add in the description: cell phone signal availability, size restrictions for larger vehicles, required permits for the area. Reserves, forests, parks, BLM land or other large wilderness areas that allow camping, but do NOT have designated spots, are considered wild camps.

Hotel/Hostel: Rooms 

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Must typically be available without reservation. (Do not add AirBNB style accommodation, or long-term apartment rentals)
  • Must be of interest to overlanders. Do NOT add every Super 8 and Ritz Carlton on the planet. 

 Guidance: Please add in the description: cell phone signal availability, electricity voltage, size restrictions for larger vehicles.

Fuel Station: A place to purchase vehicle fuel

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Do NOT add fuel stations in towns where many other stations are available, unless: Quality of fuel is an issue (i.e. Tajikistan or Russia) OR purchase by a foreigner is difficult (Bolivia) OR there is a problem with the place (bad fuel, etc)

Guidance: Please state if a fuel station is in a remote area! Please add information on quality of fuel and availability of low-sulphur diesel. Fuel stations that allow camping will be reassigned to the informal camping category.

Propane: A place to fill propane tanks.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • For refilling fixed tanks or bottles only. Do NOT add places that only swap bottles. 

Guidance: Please add the connection of the cylinder that you had filled and information about other connections the filling station can handle.

Mechanic and Parts: A mechanic or a parts store

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Do NOT add car sales or car rental locations. 

Guidance: Please say what type of parts are sold and for what make of vehicle. Phone numbers are especially useful. 

Water: A place to obtain potable water

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Only add potable (drinkable) water and explain how you know the water is drinkable. (Water that local drink without filtration is acceptable.)
  • Do not add natural sources of water (rivers, lakes, etc)
  • Do not add water that is accessed through a campground or hotel

Sanitation Dump Station: A place where you can empty your black water tank

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Must be a LEGAL place to dump waste. Respect the environment!
  • If the dump station is attached to a campground, it must also be accessible to non-campers. 

Restaurant: Exceptionally good or bad restaurants (Food, value, price, location).

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Description of the restaurant must be detailed and of quality, not "the best _____ in ______." 
  • Restaurant must have exceptionally good or bad food, prices, or location, unless they are in a very remote area. Please explain in your description.
  • Do NOT add temporary restaurants (like mobile food trucks)

Guidance: Please take time to write a thoughtful review of the restaurant. Submissions with brief descriptions will be deleted. 

Tourist Attraction: An exceptionally good or unexpectedly bad tourist attraction

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Provide a detailed helpful description. Places with short or vague descriptions are not accepted.
  • The attraction must be significant. Do NOT add a nice panorama along the road.

Guidance: Please write a quality description about the attraction. Add hidden gems or places where you had a special experience and places of specific value to overlanders. Also use this category to mark access or information points, such as an entry gates or trailheads.

Shopping: Locations for purchasing goods related to overlanding

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Only add quality grocery stores, with a quality description unless you are in a remote area, or a country where good supermarkets are uncommon
  • Add local handmade artisan goods or markets, but do NOT add average (MADE IN FONG KONG) souvenir stands.
  • Add other shopping stores if they are of interest to the majority of overlanders WITH a quality description. Fro example: bakeries and SIM-card vendors.

Guidance: If you are adding a place that is in a remote area (a low quality grocery store in the middle of the Sahara) or a rarity in the area (a liquor store in the UAE), PLEASE explain in your description that the area is remote or that the store is a rarity. Car parts and pet supplies should go under Mechanics and Parts and Pet Services categories, NOT under shopping.

Border Customs and Immigration: Customs checkpoints, immigration offices, etc.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Please add information that helps overlanders AVOID paying bribes and information about paying LEGITIMATE fees.
  • Do NOT add information that promotes or admits to any illegal activities, especially paying  bribes, or hiding contraband in your vehicle

Guidance: Please describe border crossings requirements, special paperwork issues or goods restrictions and how to navigate between offices at the border. Please add your direction of travel (traveling from country A to country B can differ tremendously from traveling from country B to country A) AND the nationality of the passport and nationality of your vehicles registration. General information about paperwork and procedures to enter countries and to drive your own vehicle can be found and shared on www.4ever2wherever.com.  

Checkpoint: A permanent police/military or agricultural checkpoint.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Do NOT add temporary road blocks or checkpoints. 
  • Please add a meaningful and helpful descriptions
  • Please add information that helps overlanders AVOID paying bribes and information about paying or avoiding LEGITIMATE fees.
  • Do NOT add information that promotes or admits to paying a bribe, including information about paying a bribe to avoid a process (long line, lots of paperwork, etc)

Guidance: Add your direction of travel! An agricultural checkpoint may confiscate all your produce when traveling from north to south and just let you pass when traveling from south to north. Add information about the process of the checkpoint (questions asked, items asked for, documents checked, legitimate fees or bribes demanded.) 

Vehicle Shipping: Any office, port or place related to long-distance vehicle shipping or difficult ferry crossings 

 Additional criteria for acceptance

  • Add places related long-distance vehicle shipping OR ferry crossing that have long waits or a difficult process. Do NOT add easy ferry crossings, with less than 2-hour wait times. 

Warning: Warnings about serious danger to personal health, safety or property, or road problems that cause delays or reroutes of two hours or more.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Add warnings about serious dangers to personal health, safety or property, such as muggings, thefts, or violent crimes. 
  • Add major road problems where the road is NOT passable and causes delays of two hours or more.
  • Do NOT add general road reports.
  • Add specific height and weight restriction warnings, if the alternate route results in a 2-hour delay or more.

Guidance: Please add any information you have about how long the situation is expected to remain. Please make the name of your point the type of warning this is (e.g. High theft area, Impassable Road, Low Bridge). Checkpoints and toll booths are added in the checkpoint category NOT in Warnings, even if you are warning about corruption.

Other: Another place of interest to overlanders. 

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Please add places that do not fit in any other categories. Places must be of interest to overlanders, permanently available, and not violate laws or wishes of locals or damage the environment.
  • Accepted examples: Wifi hotspots that are not associated with another place (NOT part of a café or hotel), Showers (not associated with other places)
  • Rejected examples: Marketing agencies (spam), Car rental locations, Cannabis dispensaries, Car washes  (unless a rarity and a necessity, such as leaving the Bolivian salt pans), Highway rest stops, Health and beauty locations: Saunas, hair salons, massage parlors, etc. 

Vehicle Storage: Locations that offer parking for overland vehicles for weeks or months at a time.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Add long term storage areas (more than a week at a time). Do NOT add overnight parking garages

Guidance: Please add details about the parking area, specifically are there guards? Covered areas? Is it indoor or outdoor? 

Medical: Recommended doctors, dentists or other medical professionals

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Add doctors, dentists or other professionals. 
  • Do NOT add saunas, massage parlors, etc
  • Do NOT add any points related to obtaining illegal drugs

Guidance: Please note if appointments are required, and include contact information. 

Consulate / Embassy: An embassy or consulate

No additional criteria for acceptance.

The category describes experiences at specific consulates and embassies. General information about paperwork and procedures to enter countries and to drive your own vehicle can be found and shared on www.4ever2wherever.com.  

Vehicle Insurance: A place where you can purchase or renew insurance for your vehicle.

Criteria for acceptance:

  • Must issue insurance to vehicles with foreign registrations

Pet Services: Veterinarians, supplies, or other services for overlander pets.

Guidance: Please add contact numbers. Dog parks go in this category.

Laundromat: Self-service or full-service laundry facilities

No additional criteria for acceptance.