If you embark on a road trip along a lengthy stretch of highway or across a state or two, your concentration can be keener compared to driving in daily stop-and-go traffic because your focus is primarily on the road ahead and enjoying each destination along the way.
The danger lies in the open road and not knowing if a vehicle breakdown, wildlife collision, or other emergency will occur when you are traveling between services.
Keep a charged cell phone nearby in case a call for help is necessary, but other supplies can be important, too. Reduce the risk and worry with a cache of 10 necessities key for driving along the great open road.
1. An emergency car kit.
You need a few items in case you become stranded. A tow service or roadside assistance is a phone call away, but an emergency kit is for the unexpected.
- extra cell phone battery and car charger
- emergency blanket
- gas container
- water and food
- coolant and oil
- tire changing supplies
- jumper cables
- A magnetic key holder with an extra key stored along the inner panel of your car.
2. A music compilation, such as an MP3 playlist, audiobooks and other listening entertainment to keep you alert while driving, particularly in the morning and late at night when falling asleep is more common.
3. A map that shows the entire route, from the start point to the destination will help you navigate. Do not rely on a smartphone or GPS navigation only, because a physical, high-level overview can be a companion to an electronic source.
4. An electronic navigation system, such as a smartphone Google Maps app or a GPS system will help you find local areas when stopping to sleep, eat or to see sites, and make getting lost significantly less stressful.
5. A travel reference guide. A "Fodor" or "Lonely Planet" guide can give you tips, restaurant and lodging recommendations and tourist site information that can save you time and make your trip far more interesting.
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7. Wrinkle-free travel clothing.
Visit a Travelsmith, REI, Jay Jill, Orvis or Coldwater Creek, and find a few travel wear items that resist wrinkling and can be washed at a laundromat or through a hotel laundry service. The material usually wicks moisture and no time for ironing is no problem.
8. Emergency roadside assistance membership, such as AAA.
If you become stranded in-between towns or service areas, using AAA or an insurance-based auto service club can be a relief. From a car lockout, jumpstart, gas delivery to a towing, a yearly membership pays for itself after an incident or two.
9. Healthy beverages.
Resist the temptation to drink soda and bottled juice. Both contain a high amount of sugar and cause a rise in alertness followed by a fast descent. If you drink green tea, or coffee in moderation, the antioxidants and caffeine will give you a lift. Almond or soy milk and water are also refreshing and will keep you alert and healthy.
10. Health snacks.
Almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, cashews, bananas, apples, oranges, baby carrots, celery with peanut butter, cucumber, granola bars and cheese are excellent choices that will sustain your energy with protein, satisfy hunger with fiber, and keep you alert with vitamins and minerals. A treat or two, such as a cookie, is fine, but forego the value sized potato chip bag. If you are in a car accident, you’ll want to retain a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia.
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