Before setting off on your next road trip, take an inventory of what you plan to bring along. What items are in your trunk? What about your glove box?
Those that take frequent road trips should ensure that they arrive safe and sound. The best way to do so is to make sure these nine items are with you on any and all trips—just in case.
1. Blankets and Warm Clothes
Make sure you can stay warm in any circumstances by keeping blankets and warm clothes in the car. If the car breaks down in a cold climate, you want to make sure you’re covered. Another option is to bring disposable hand and foot warmers for added warmth.
Also in case of emergencies, make sure you have a flashlight with you. Travelling without one is never a good idea. Whether you shine it under the hood or use it to light a path in the dark, it can come in handy. Just make sure to pack some extra batteries too.
3. Cooler or Portable Fridge
Bring along either a cooler filled with ice packs or a portable refrigerator that plugs into the cigarette lighter socket. If you’re on a long trek—especially through desolate areas—it’s always good to have some food with you. You can keep it nice and cool with either of these options.
While a tent or a sleeping bag can be great options for sleeping on the go, a hammock is even better. As long as you’ll be venturing through places with trees, you’ll be able to sleep anywhere. Plus your back won’t be sore from the hard ground in the morning.
5. Emergency Kit
Technically, this one should probably be highest on your list. A car-related emergency kit can help you make sure you’re covered in case of emergencies. Keep first aid items in it to treat minor injuries, but also make sure you have basic items like a tire jack. If you get stranded, you’ll want to have anything you could possibly need to keep you safe or fix easy problems.
6. Jumper Cables
Another important tool to make sure you absolutely bring along is jumper cables. Many things can cause car batteries to die—leaving the lights on, not closing a door tight, even listening to the radio with the car off. Often times, jumping the car is the easy part. Locating the cables to do it is much more difficult if you don’t bring them with you.
7. All Season Tyres
Avid road trippers should generally invest in some quality all season tyres. Instead of purchasing separate sets for winter and summer, make sure you have the most all-around tyres available. If they’re weatherproof enough for rain and work with snow chains, you’re set for any and all weather you encounter on your trip.
8. Camp Stove
If you’re interested in camping along the way (or even if you’re not) invest in a camp stove. This can be a great way to make food on the road, but some camp stoves server as warmth as well. Some more advanced versions even convert kindling into usable energy to charge your devices on the go.
9. LED Road Flares
In case of breakdowns in secluded areas, it’s a good idea to bring some road flares along. Use them to signal for help or to alert others to your presence along winding roadways. LED versions are reusable and can even be set to flash, in an effort to better get the attention of other drives on the roadway.