Hitting the road for a long trip can be fun and exciting. Maybe not for kids, but having a road trip as a form of adventure. You can go sight-seeing around new towns or cities, or make a stop and explore them for some time. Whether you are alone or with family and friends, having road trips will surely be exciting.
Most people prefer doing road trips during the summer. But nowadays road trips are no longer limited to one season. Although the snow during winter could block the road and the cold could be too much for the car and for you, you can always opt for spring or fall instead.
Being in some uncharted territories will drive you to be careful and prepared. After all, you never know what’s out there. Just like any other trip, you need to pack and bring with you some essentials while being on the road. Your car might be ready for the trip but you can never too prepared. Here is a list of some important things you need to have while on your road trip:
1. First Aid Kit
A simple one should do as long as it has the essentials like bandages, plasters, wound disinfectants, gauze, medicine, and other things you might want to bring.
2. Car Tools
Some cars come with a toolbox. If yours doesn’t, then you should bring one of your own. A basic one will do as well: flashlight, wrench, sockets and screwdrivers, duct tape, jumper cables, tire inflator and sealer, tire pressure gauze, and some others you feel you might need.
3. Portable Battery Packs
Also called power banks, these devices are important just in case you forgot to charge your phone or other electronics. They will also come handy because wherever you may go might not have power outlets, which is most likely the case.
4. Pillows, Blankets, Sheets, or Tent
Just because you’re on a road trip doesn’t mean you have to sleep uncomfortably. Although the level of comfort will vary, you can always bring with you your best sleeping pillows, blankets, and sheets. If you are sleeping in a tent, make sure you have all the accessories and attachments with you. You wouldn’t want your tent falling on you while you sleep.
5. Food and Fluids
Avoid dehydration and hunger pangs during your road trips by bringing food and beverage. If your trip is going to last long, bring foods that have a longer shelf life and won’t spoil easily (e.g. crackers, cookies, nuts, dried fruits, etc.)
6. Skin Care
If it’s summer, you’ll need sunscreen. If it’s winter, you’ll need moisturizers for both face and body. You’ll need some for your lips as well as the AC in the car can dry them. Mosquito and midges repellent is a must as well. Bugs can bite even if you’re not yet in bed.
7. Emergency Contact
This is very important. Emphasis on the very. As mentioned, you never know what’s out there unless you’ve been there before. And you don’t know what’s going to happen either. It’s best to keep an emergency contact with you. If your car runs into a problem and won’t start, contact ABS Towing or any towing services to assist you with your car.