Going on a road trip can be an adventure as you travel into unfamiliar territory and gain new experiences. There’s an element of the unknown when driving, and that’s what makes it so exciting. Even traveling a short distance for your daily commute can be a different experience every time. However, taking a chance means being prepared for the bad as well as the good.
For all of the fun memories, you’ll create on your vacation, there’s also the possibility of danger. You could get lost, your car could break down or a natural disaster might leave you cut off from your planned route. This is why it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit stashed in your vehicle for such occasions. Whether you’re preparing for your next adventure or heading down the block, be sure to pack more than just what you’ll need when you get there.
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Even though you may have GPS on your dashboard or a navigation app on your smartphone, this technology has its limits. There’s a chance you will run out of batteries or drive through a remote area with spotty cellular coverage. If this happens, you could be driving blind. Packing a current road atlas may not give you turn-by-turn instructions on how to reach your destination, but it can help you figure out where you are and where you need to be going.
The weather can be a driver’s worst enemy for numerous reasons. This means it’s crucial to have items such as antifreeze and an ice scraper on hand in case it gets too cold on your trip. Bringing blankets and rain ponchos will help ensure that you’ll be kept warm and dry while you wait for help, too.
Hitting the road can be a thrilling experience, but it can be harrowing if you’re not ready for a crisis. For more tips about building your emergency travel kit, see the accompanying checklist.
Road Trip Emergency Checklist
Author bio: Chad Golen is the owner of Golen Engine, a full-service, custom-engine-building company specializing in high-performance engine builds. He has been working with engines since he was 14 years old. Golen opened his own service shop in 1992 and since then has built over 5,000 performance engines for every form of racing and street vehicle. He owns and operates a 12,000-square-foot facility.