Everyone loves road trips; they make us feel young, regardless of how old we are. Simply sitting behind the wheel and flooring the pedal before a lengthy revving session, however, is something that only happens in movies – in the real world, road trips take preparation on many levels. Here are five things you are absolutely going to need on the road!
To kick things off with the most important of things, without focus, bad stuff can occur, and without sleep, there is no focus! Getting a good night’s sleep before jumping behind the wheel is key, but not everyone knows what ‘a good night’s sleep’ actually means. For one, sleeping for 14 hours is definitely not quality bedtime; actually, this might make it just as difficult for you to concentrate as if you had slept 4 hours. In fact, not going beyond the 6-8 hours’ sleep margin is ideal!
If you have trouble sleeping the night before your road trip, postpone it instead of endangering lives (in addition to your own) on the road.
You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without proper tools, regardless of the weather conditions – this will ruin your road trip at best! Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t hit the road without:
- Spare tires
- Lug wrenches
- Scissor or a bottle jack
- A pressure gauge
- Jumper cables – it is never polite to expect a Good Samaritan to also provide you with jumper cables, in addition to the greatly needed jump-start
- A first-aid kit
- A flashlight
- A snow shovel – of course, if there are chances of snow along your itinerary
Things to have on your person
In addition to the mentioned tools that should be stored inside your vehicle, you should know what else to bring that you can (and should) always have by your side. Here’s another list:
- Sunglasses – especially if your eyes are extra sensitive to sunlight
- A swiss army knife – this multi-purpose tool should always be kept on your person
- A notebook, pen and pencil – you never know when you’ll have to go old-school
- Your license and registration – it is important that you keep these by your side at all times, inside your wallet in case of a car mugging or burglary
- Spare money
- A lighter – you never know when you might need it
- Matches – you never know when your lighter might stop working
Making sure your vehicle is in order
Of course, if you want to play it smart, you’ll have your vehicle checked before the road trip, even if you already took it for a checkup a couple of months before. Having your fluid levels checked is of absolute essence – running out of gas isn’t the worst thing that can happen on the road; a lack of brake oil can cause brake malfunctions, which is just as dangerous as it sounds. Additionally, every time you change your engine oil, you should also change the filter, just to be certain that the chances of experiencing a breakdown on the road are as slim as possible.
When it comes to your wheels, in addition to a proper tire checkup, you should keep an eye on your rims and alloy. If you live in Australia’s most famous city, opt for alloy wheel repair specialists, just to make sure your wheels are in perfect condition.
Sure, using Google Maps is very convenient and significantly more efficient than referring to noes made of paper, but there are some areas and instances when smartphones and tablets are rendered pretty much useless. Having a spare physical map will help you make sure you don’t get lost, which is quite a life-saver; sometimes even literally!
This advice will help you cover all the preparations for your road trip. Follow the five outlined guidelines and you can be certain that you have done everything to properly prepare yourself for a fun and enjoyable road trip!