The Great American Road Trip is a rite of passage for many people. We pack only what we need to survive, fuel our cars and turn our headlights to the horizon. Like the pioneers of the past, we don't always know what to expect from the open road. It may take us past unfamiliar sights, through unknown territory and into the places where adventure awaits.
Although we can't prepare for everything – for that's part of what makes the trip so alluring – it's still important to equip ourselves with the right tools to keep us safe.
Before you hit the road, make sure you have these five items in your emergency kit:
1. First-aid kit
You can buy a ready-made first-aid kit at your local pharmacy or make one yourself. Ensure it's well-stocked with bandages, alcohol swabs, anti-bacterial ointments and anything else you may need. If you take prescription medication, check that you have a sufficient supply before the trip.
2. Extra water
At every stage of your road trip, make sure to stock your vehicle with extra water. You'll be glad you have it if you get stuck in traffic or stranded on the side of the road. You can also use a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze to refill your radiator's coolant tank if the engine overheats.
3. Basic toolkit
Before your expedition, you should consider taking your vehicle to your local mechanic to get it tuned up for the trip. For long journeys, you should ensure your car has fresh oil, clean filters and sufficient anti-freeze. Your toolkit should include an air gauge, wrenches, pliers, a flashlight and jumper cables. Consult your vehicle's owner manual for additional maintenance tips.
4. Phone charger
According to Time magazine, Americans first fell in love with the road trip during the roaring '20s, when automobiles became more affordable and reliable. What those early adventurers lacked, however, was an effective means of rescue in case of emergency. Today, smartphones help travelers plan routes, avoid closed roads and call for assistance in case of an accident. A dependable phone charger for the car will ensure you're able to contact emergency services as long as you have a cell signal.
5. Eco-friendly wet wipes
It's safer to travel during the daylight hours, so that means you may have to eat your meals while on the road. You never know when a pothole or bump will cause a spill, so be prepared with a package of environmentally friendly Zoly™ Wet Toilet Paper. These wet wipes are 100 percent biodegradable and strong enough to clean up spills and sticky fingers. They're also good to have when making a pit stop at roadside restrooms.
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