Summer is the perfect time to hit the road with friends or family and see what this state and country have to offer. If you’re up for an adventure, you need to start thinking about what to pack for your cross country trip. Here is our road trip packing list to help guide you the essentials.
This might go without saying, but it is important to have a spare tire ready, and in good condition, in the event that you have a flat. Be sure you have all the right tools to change your tire and instructions if you’re not sure what to do. Sure you can do a quick YouTube search, but depending on your location, you may not have service.
Emergency Car Kit
Most people have these in their car year-round which is smart. The kit should include jumper cables, gloves, caution signs, light sticks, reflective vests, and window breakers. This will ensure that you are prepared for any possible emergency.
Car’s Owners Manual
You never know when a light will start flashing at you. In all likelihood when the lights start flashing, you’ll be out of cell phone or internet range. Your car’s owners manual has all the info you need if any lights start flashing at you or if your car begins to act a little funny.
Empty Gas Can
In the event that you run out of gas on your trip, having an empty gas can will come in handy. Make the trek to the nearest gas station on foot with certainty you can get the gas back to your vehicle.
Keep your car a bit cooler with a sunshade. You are going to make pit stops and stop from time to time so you will want a sunshade to help keep your car cool when it is baking in the sun. If you’re sleeping in your car, these can double as privacy shields.
Wipes, Napkins, and Toilet Paper
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go, and you may not be going in the cleanest of places. Take your own toilet paper, baby wipes, napkins along for the trip to ensure a little comfort when you have to stop to do your business. That said, be sure you have a trash bag with you as well so you don’t pollute if you do your thing in nature.
Sunscreen & Sunglasses
It is true that you can get a sunburn while in the car. Be sure to stay protected by bringing sunscreen and sunglasses along for your trip. The sunglasses will also help when you’re dealing with sun glare in the mornings and evenings.
Phone Charger & Portable Charger
What’s worse than your car breaking down? Your car breaking down and your phone being dead. Be sure to pack a car charger for your phone and a portable battery pack charger in the event that the car charge stops working. You want to be able to call for help in the event of a breakdown.
Not all car problems happen in the light of day. If you break down in the cloak of night, you will need a flashlight to investigate potential issues. Be sure to pack a flashlight that is also waterproof in the event that you get caught in a storm. Pack an extra flashlight just to be safe.
It is probable that your route will fall out of cell phone range and your reliance on Siri and Google Maps might not be effective. An old school paper map might save the day if you’re ever in a pickle. Print your route out and keep it handy!
We’ve all become used to paying with credit and debit cards. However, there are some places that are still cash only for things like gas or food. Be sure to keep some cash handy for these situations.
Spare Key (On a different keychain)
Locking your keys in the car or losing your keys is such a common road trip faux pas. Bring a spare on a separate keychain. Have someone else in your group be in charge of it at all times!
You never know when your car will be low on oil, washer fluid, or coolant. Bring an extra quart of oil, a jug of washer fluid, and coolant along for the trip as well.
Before you head out on your next adventure, schedule a service appointment with Peak Kia North. They will check all your fluids and make sure that you’re all set to hit the road.