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.
- Pack extra water and snack
- Bring a pair of binoculars for wildlife viewing
- Bring a small cooler for picnicking or bringing home perishable souvenirs
- Check the forecast before you leave; pack appropriate clothing for the weather
- Make sure to choose clothing that is comfortable both for driving and the activities you plan
- No matter what time of year, always pack for rainy weather (and an extra pair of socks doesn’t hurt either)
- If you’re planning to camp, pack appropriately and don’t forget the bug spray, just in case
- Be ready for sticky fingers whether from snacks, picnicking or sappy trees – wet wipes are a must-bring item
Winter Travel Tips:
- Always give yourself extra travel time when you expect winter conditions.
- 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.
- 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!
- Carry tire chains; practice putting them on before you leave home.
- 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