Be Road Trip Ready!

Be Road Trip Ready!

Start out with a fresh oil change, topped-off fluids, tires aired-up properly and in good condition, fresh wiper blades, and of course, a full tank of gas (unless of course you’re driving an electric car, in which case, plan where you will charge up.) Place GPS and/or road maps where they are easily accessible. Pack a first-aid kit, flashlight with fresh batteries, and if your vehicle, an extra key. Pack for comfort and ease of travel.

  1. Pack extra water and snack
  2. Bring a pair of binoculars for wildlife viewing
  3. Bring a small cooler for picnicking or bringing home perishable souvenirs
  4. Check the forecast before you leave; pack appropriate clothing for the weather
  5. Make sure to choose clothing that is comfortable both for driving and the activities you plan
  6. No matter what time of year, always pack for rainy weather (and an extra pair of socks doesn’t hurt either)
  7. If you’re planning to camp, pack appropriately and don’t forget the bug spray, just in case
  8. Be ready for sticky fingers whether from snacks, picnicking or sappy trees – wet wipes are a must-bring item


Winter Travel Tips:

  1. Always give yourself extra travel time when you expect winter conditions.
  2. Make sure your car has had a recent check-up: Check the battery, replace your coolant with antifreeze, replace old wiper blades and use wiper fluid with de-icer.
  3. Cold weather changes the inflation of your tires – before you leave home, check that they are properly inflated; and don’t forget to check the spare!
  4. Carry tire chains; practice putting them on before you leave home.
  5. Test your heater and defroster. Cold air blowing from what should be your heating system can make for a very uncomfortable trip.

Everyone who considering any kind of winter travel should carry a Winter Emergency Kit in their car; the following is a list of suggested items:

    • A Flashlight with extra Batteries or Lightsticks
    • A Basic First Aid Kit
    • Paper Towels and Rags
    • At least One Gallon of Water
    • Non-Perishable Food items that need no heating such as energy bars
    • A Warm Blanket or Sleeping Bag and Pillow
    • Non-Clumping Kitty Litter, Road Salt or Sand
    • An Ice Scraper, Snow Brush and a Sturdy Shovel
    • Extra Car Fuses (don’t laugh, I used mine as recently as last winter)
    • Coats, Gloves, Hats and Boots for each passenger
    • Rain Ponchos
    • Hand Warmers/Boot Warmers
    • Duct Tape
    • Multipurpose Tool (screwdriver, knife, corkscrew for the emergency wine bottle!)
    • Garbage Sack
    • Bungee Cord/s
    • Coveralls, Work gloves and a Painter’s Cloth (for installing chains in the snowy muck!)
    • An Emergency Blanket
    • Emergency Candles and a 5# Coffee Can, with Lid (this can be used for a number of things)
    • Waterproof Matches
    • Toilet paper roll