Use This Road Trip Checklist Before Any Long Journey

With the festive season nearly upon us, you probably have a long trip or two planned for the coming weeks and months. Making sure that your car is stocked up with all the essentials is so important for helping the trip to go as smoothly as possible. That is why we have created this handy checklist, which has been grouped into different categories, so you can enjoy a trip that is both safe and enjoyable.



Safety Essentials

Let’s start off with the basics. You should obviously always carry your license with you, and you should also keep your owner’s manual in the car as this can provide you with a host of useful information. There are the other essentials that you should keep in your trunk such as a spare tyre, jack, flashlight and a well-stocked first aid kit. And you should also make sure that you know how to use all these things properly or they won’t do you much good at all! During the winter time, it is also a good idea to pack some things to help you deal with the elements such as a snow shovel and some salt.



Basic Needs

Try to think of all the needs that you may have along the way and how you can satisfy these. It is a good idea to have plenty of food and drink options, so stock up your car with snacks, water and anything else you want. Check out this cooler comparison so you can keep everything chilled along the way. You may also need some extra warmth while you are travelling, so keep an extra sweater or jacket in the car, and a warm blanket as well.


Technology Options

Most modern cars have the option of hooking up your smartphone to them, so make sure your device is stocked up with plenty of music, podcasts and audiobooks. Also, a portable charger is a good investment, especially if you rely on your phone for navigation etc. Even if you are using a satnav system, it is still a good idea to have a paper map to hand in case anything should go wrong or you lose signal along the way. A wireless headset is also useful so you can make hands-free calls.



Other Items

Now we will get into the miscellaneous category, mentioning a few other things that you may need. It is always worth keeping an umbrella in the car in case the heavens open when you need to leave the car. A box of tissues and some hand sanitiser are both useful items to have, particularly during the winter months when getting a cold is more likely. Keep some mints, chewing gum or sweets in the glove box depending on your preferences. And some lip balm is also a good idea.


So, there you have it; a checklist of things that you should keep in your car before you head out on a road trip. Hopefully, it will come in useful before you start burning up the miles.


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