Any road trip veteran knows that there are certain valuable things you should bring on any road trip. After all, out on the road, it pays to be prepared. It’s doubly true if you have a schedule you need to keep, because one small bump in the road can be your undoing. By keeping your wits about you, but not to mention reading this guide, you’ll have all the items you need for your road trip. Some are practical, some can be lifesaving, and hey, a few can even be fun!

Tire Changing Tools. Sounds obvious, but there are still people cruising around the freeways without the proper equipment to handle a flat tire. Oh sure, you might have a donut in your trunk, but that donut isn’t meant for carrying you 1000 miles at high speeds. You have to get to a service station, pay big bucks for a tire (if they even have the tire you need), and then wait for them to take care of you. Wouldn’t it just be easier if you had all that stuff, like a full size spare, jack, and tire iron, all ready to go? Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you change your tire!

Jumper Cables or Battery Charger. If you pull over for a bit, or stay at a hotel, there’s always a possibility of your car’s battery running out of juice. These things happen. Now, if you encounter another motorist who’s willing to help you, that’s great. But if neither of you have jumper cables, that’s not so great. Don’t count on someone else, have your own. The other option is to shell out for a battery charging kit. They’re handy for when you can’t find any help. Believe us, you’ll be glad you have these things when the time comes!

 

Road Atlas. Oh sure, everyone has smartphones and GPS and all that fancy jazz. Guess what? That stuff isn’t infallible, and what’s more, there are still plenty of dead spots, especially in the midwest. But an old-fashioned atlas doesn’t need cell phone service. All it needs is someone who can read a map. If ever you’re lost and your GPS is out, or just wrong, go analog and use the atlas. It’ll keep you on the right path.

Gas Can With Gas. If you’re on a road trip to get away from it all, that means that one of the things you could be getting away from is a gas station. As you blow by the sign that says, “Last Gas for 300 Miles,” be sure you know your fuel economy. Because if you run out of fuel, you may be walking for a long, long time. But, if you have a gas can in your trunk full of gasoline, you’ll be all set. Walking through the dusty plains in the merciless sun is no fun, so bring the can.

Food and First Aid. In the unlikely event of a natural disaster that leaves you and your travel partners trapped, things can get pretty grim. Injury that seems minor can become serious without medical attention, and being trapped on the road in unfamiliar surroundings isn’t the best situation. That’s why it’s important to have some basic first aid on hand, and even some non-perishable foods like canned tuna and such in case you’re stuck for a really long time. And if you don’t end up needing the food, no big deal. It’s food, after all. When is that ever a nuisance?

A Documentary Device. Shenanigans and even some hijinx are bound to ensue on your road trip. But some of your hilarious anecdotes may be lost on people who weren’t there. But, what if you could make them feel like they were there? Enter the camera, or phone, or what have you. The devices are the perfect way to document your road trip, and prove all the naysayers and doubters that your road trip was the most awesome one of all.

 

-Stu Moody