Everything You Need for a Seamless Road Trip
Road trips are likely to be one of the most common and popular forms of travel in 2020. Sure, few of us would have anticipated this at the start of the year, when we had flights and all inclusive accommodation or hostels booked. But the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic have steered things in a very different direction and now many of us are taking up the chance to travel closer to home in our own company and away from close contact with others outside of our bubble. Now, a road trip takes plenty of planning. You need to decide where to go. You need to decide who you’re going with. You need to map a route. But what do you need to actually take along on your trip in order to have the most seamless experience possible? Here are a few suggestions!
No matter what vehicle you’re driving - brand new or old - you need to make sure you always have a spare tyre on board. You never know when you might have a blow out, a puncture, or another issue with your tyres when you’re on the road, and you don’t want to find yourself unable to move your vehicle at all. So, make sure to invest in a spare and ensure it’s easily accessible as and when you might need it.
A Jack, A Wrench and a Locking Wheel Nut
Of course, it’s good to have a spare tyre and you can then wait for a roadside assistance service to change it. But if you know how to change a tyre yourself, it’s beneficial to have all the tools you need on board. Three of the main tools to ensure you have include a jack, a wrench and a locking wheel nut.
If you want to go all out, you can invest in other spare parts for your vehicle. Of course, you don’t want to load up with absolutely every single part of your car as an extra, but you can look at truck parts for sale or car parts for sale and see if there are any bargains to be snapped up. It can never hurt to have an extra of anything, as it’s always best to be safe than sorry!
A Fully Stocked First Aid Kit
You never know when you might need a first aid kit. This should be deemed an absolute essential in any vehicle. Your first aid kit should include:
An Eye Bath
As well as having plenty of things for fixing up your vehicle in a snap, it is a good idea to make sure you have got a couple of safe places to stop if you need to. One of the best and safest places to stop are rv parks and campsites. You can also look for rest stops that have hotels or motels if you want to have four walls and a ceiling (and don’t enjoy sleeping under the stars).
Mark a few potential options - and be sure to book any that are along a busy route. Some of the best adventures happen when you make little stops on the way to your main destination.
A Paper Map
Nowadays, most of us use satellite navigation systems to get from A to B. But you should always have a paper map of the area you’re driving through in your car. This will ensure you can still find your way, even if your battery runs out, you lose signal, or experience another issue.
These are just a few things you should have on board for your road trip! Of course, you have your luggage and other basics. But the safety and preparatory items above can really help you if things don’t go as planned!