Road trips can be SO exciting! So, once a year, we stock up our first aid kit, give our car some LOVE!
Here's a quick list of "Must Haves" for the road!!
1. First Aid Kits B-o-r-i-n-g, so lets get it out of the way, just make sure you have one! These will vary depending on the type of road trip; duration; number of people and pets.
You can buy one, but we like making our own. We use a small fishing tackle box works great! Instant shelves for more "stuff". If hiking is part of your road trip, just grab a small waterproof bag and add the essentials that will fit comfortably into your backpack.
>>>After Years Of Road Travel, Here Is What We Have In Our Kit (For People And Pets)
- A Variety Of Band-Aids, but mainly medium size. Also include 2-4 Butterfly Closure bandages for small, deep cuts. If you are traveling with pets, add Vet Tape Wrap. Can be used ofr people too, but we love it for the dogs! You can buy it here: VETTAPE
- Blister Moleskin, we walk and hike- a lot, so we always use these!! Here's the ones we use: No More Blister
- QuikClot, this is a clotting sponge that helps stop bleeding from a deep wound --have you ever been hiking or biking and run into a tree branch? **BOING**! That would be ME! Cut yourself while preparing a meal at a campsite? I have, and more! Keep one on hand, but watch the expiration date. You can buy them HERE
- Alcohol Swabs- we bring at least 25!
- Plastic Disposable Gloves.
- 4-5 Large Gauze Pads, these work great for larger cuts-or you can cut them down, also some medical adhesive tape to secure these. Can also be used to secure band-aids or bandages if you are traveling in a super humid area.
- Antibiotic Ointment AND Anti-itch Cream----YES ! YES! Thank goodness for this stuff. Its hard to escape insect bites on outdoor trips.
- Small Scissors, Safey Pins And Tweezers, tweezers are essential for splinters and tick removal.
**NOTE: Our family (that includes dogs) seems to attract those Little Suckers.
If you're in the woods, check each other and the dogs. IMPORTANT -- get the tick's frick-in head out!
Here's a technique from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention. HERE
If you do not have tweezers, but you do have some dental floss, tie a piece evenly around the head, or as close as possible, tighten slightly and pull straight out.
- Emergency Foil Blankets, pack enough for everyone in the car including pets! We use these: Blanket
- Travel Size Container, of pain killers and Anti-Diarrhea Tablets.
Immodium saved my butt--so to speak! HA! Read my post here: CRAP! Travel Sickness What To Do?
- Rehydration Salts Or Powder, this is our NEW ADDITION! I had my first bout with travel sickness and wish I would have had a rehydration powder or salt. Some people love the travel size packets of Gatorade, however I am taking the advice of a fellow traveler and use DripDrop. I purchase mine on Amazon, here is the link, if you like to check them out.
NOW FOR THE REST OF THE ROAD TRIP TIPS!
2. Get Another Cell Phone Charger! I know, seems obvious huh!? Many people don't have one for their car and it is so easy. Could save you a major headache in the event of a car emergency. You can usually pick up a cell phone charger at a gas station.
3. AAA membership can be a life saver! We pay around $98 dollars a year and have, for over 10 years. WELL WORTH IT!! They are fast and we have used them for Tows, Flats, Dead battery. Here is the link to AAA
4. Avoid Distractions! Before you start, organize items that you might need while driving, and put them in a easy to reach spot.
If travel with kids, set up their area and pack of fun! Show them everything in their entertainment pack BEFORE leaving.
5. Treat Yourself To Some Tunes! Books on tape are great too! Keep the brain active, without creating a distraction. Playlists-of course, we like to listen to comedy, laughing will probably keep you awake.
6. SECURE YOUR STUFF! Road debris causes accidents! According to Jurek Grabowski, director of the AAA foundation, "Drivers can easlily save lives and prevent injuries by securing their loads and taking other simple precautions to prevent items from falling off the vehicle."
- Always tie down any extra load with rope, netting or straps.
- Tie large objects directly to the vehicle or trailer.
- Cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting.
- Don't over load your vehicle and always check to make sure everything is secure when you take your rest stops.
7. Don't Get Fried! Guess What?! You need sunscreen in the car too! According to Cancer.org, some UV rays can come through your windows, depending on your tint. On long trips, sometimes you can just "feel" the burn from side windows. No reason to take chances, either wear long sleeves or Lather Up.
Plus, you will always be ready if you take a side break at a lake, beach, outdoor cafe, or rest stop!
8. Get This Free App We came across this app when we were traveling after a hurricane in Florida and needed GAS. It was amazing and still is! While you're on the road, you can find the cheapest gas prices ahead, amenities/ exact directions/ even alerts for gas price drops. We love it! GASBUDDY
9. Use The Bathroom-- In Welcome Centers! When ever we see one OR we're wiggling a bit, we always stop. Some have free water or coffee, great information of
course, clean bathrooms, areas for you and your pet (if need be) to walk and stretch.
10. Get A Waterproof Map YUP YUP! GPS systems are not perfect and signals can be spotty in certain areas. Google maps are great, still, you might loose your charge or signal.
11. Do We Need To Say It ?! S T O P the Car-- Take breaks and when you do..
Look up, Look down, Look all around- your neck will love you for it!
12. Snacks--Of Course We go for the COMBO "effect" Healthy + Whatever we consider a treat for the trip--oh yeah and a tub of antibacterial Hand Wipes!
Now, time to give your car some LOVE and pack your emergency car kit!
--Get the belts inspected, they can crack and wear down age, If it snaps on the road, it will be frustrating and costly.
--Check the air pressure in the tires and add air if they are low. Purchase a cheap pressure gauge and now what your tire pressure should be at- important for safety and gas mileage.
--Check oil and change if needed.
--Make sure you have windshield wiper fluid AND you wipers are in good condition.
Have you ever been in a rain storm with bad blades? R E A L
S C A R Y!
--If your battery shows corrosion, take an old tooth brush and clean off with baking soda and water.
EMERGENCY CAR KIT--More Important Stuff! Everything listed below, we have used with the exception of the Emergency Escape Hammer.
We prefer to make our own and put everything in a small crate, blanket on top and bungee cords--which have come in handy numerous times also. If you have a small crew on the trip, the First Aid Kit can go in the same crate.
We use a small canvas bag as a container for our other car.
>> Jumper Cables.
>> Toilet Paper/Roll of Paper Towels.
>> Emergency Escape Hammer--Here's the one we bought: HAMMER
>> Lighting: Small flashlight, LED Headlamp, candles, lighter and matches. LED Headlamp we use: LINK
>> Tow Rope and Duct Tape ( We have used our tow rope- twice )We always use the Duct Tape for something!
>> Extra pair of socks/ Pair of Gloves/Extra jug of water
>> Triangle Emergency Warning Reflectors--Got to have! Get them Here: TRIANGLES
>> Old blanket or towel-- used to get underneath the car, if need be.
>> Multi-use tool--Here is the one we use:
Now your set! Have a great trip and be safe!
It is better to travel well than to arrive.