Roadtrip Essentials

Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s family road trip. Road trips are a blast, but it is important to make sure you plan ahead to avoid any inconveniences and mishaps. This way you and your family can have a stress free journey.

 

First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and having a first aid kit in the vehicle is a good way to make sure you’re prepared for any accident. Whether it’s a bad paper cut, a scrape elbow, or something more serious, having a first aid kit in the vehicle is a must for the safety of your passengers. It should contain at least motion sickness remedies, pain killers, anti-bacterial cream, and bandages.

 

Navigation

There are a number of ways to ensure you won’t get lost on the road. The old school way is to read a map but, sadly, few of us know how to do that anymore. In keeping up with technology, pick up a navigation system for your vehicle, or download a free navigation app on your smartphone. Google maps is the most popular map app.

 

Spare Keys

Carrying a spare set of keys is an almost foolproof way to ensure that you are never locked out of your vehicle for any significant amount of time. The driver should have the main set of keys, and another passenger should carry the spare set.

 

Jump Starter or Jumper Cables

Batteries can die quickly if you are not careful. Most people keep a set of jumper cables in the trunk just in case, and these work just fine. However, jump starters are becoming more affordable, so you may want to look into one. It is a self contained unit that can jump start your dead battery, so you don’t have to connect your car battery to another vehicle.

 

Spare Tire

Quickly double check that you have the spare tire, and that there is no visible wear and tear on it before you leave. This ensures that you will be able to keep driving to a dealership should you be faced with a flat tire.

 

Chargers and Cables

On a lengthy road trip chances are your phones, tablets, and portable game systems will run out of battery before you reach your destination unless you remember to bring chargers for them. Most vehicles have a USB port that allows you to charge your devices.

 

Keep it Clean

A clean car is a happy car! Make sure you have paper towels, napkins, and other things to clean up any messes that may occur. When you get home, give your vehicle a good clean both inside and out, and take it for a detail on a regular basis.

 

Munchies!

Your kids will love all the snacks that you bring along, and it will save you time and money instead of eating out. Keep a small garbage can in the vehicle for any wrappers and other trash to help keep the vehicle clean.

 

Music!

Whether you use your phone, iPod, radio, or CDs, there is no shortage of music to listen to! Make a playlist of your favourite upbeat music that everyone can sing along with.