What To Bring Along On Your Long Distance Road Trip

The open road is always the best way to explore the outdoors with friends and family, as well as towns and cities that you may never have known about or heard of along the way. These days, too many families opt for an all-inclusive resort-style holiday when they want an adventure. It seems like everyone has forgotten how much fun road trips can be!

When you travel on the open road, you get a chance to reevaluate who you are, what makes you tick, and maybe even rediscover some parts of yourself you had lost along the way. It’s hard to beat a long drive to clear your mind, but a long drive with the people you love most in the world can be life changing for all parties involved.

Your next road trip is bound to be safe, manageable, and fun with the following road trip packing list essentials. 

Air Compressor

The most critical item on the list is an air compressor. Tyres are constantly in contact with the road and are therefore subject to the most hazards when driving. It is highly recommended that you have a reliable air compressor for tyre-related issues for any journey on the road, but especially so when travelling in remote locations or over long distances.

Tyre compressors come in a variety of qualities and capabilities. Be sure to look for dependable brand names when finding the right compressor for your car.

As well as compensating for leaks until you can have them fixed, air compressors may also help you fix flats that aren’t too serious too. Not to mention that a good air compressor is bound to come in handy if you’ll be needing to inflate air mattresses and kids’ floaties or other water toys along the way too.

The Essentials

Many of these items may seem like common sense, but they can still be easy to forget in the middle of the excitement of heading away on a road trip. Create a checklist of these items and ensure they are all ticked off before you hit the road to ensure you won’t be caught out.

  • Drivers licence: Take the time to ensure it is current, valid and not suspended for any reason (anyone can get caught out by an unpaid speeding bill every now and then, even if driving through remote towns).
  • Registration and insurance: Double check that these are paid, up-to-date and that you are covered for contingencies on the road.
  • The car manual: This could prove vital for minor car issues in the middle of nowhere.
  • Extra car key: Keep this on a different keyring and store it safely in a place where it can always be accessible just in case.
  • Roadside assistance: You should have this at all times, but it will be even more essential when you are travelling long distances.
  • Spare tyre: Check that your spare tyre is in good condition along with your jack and other necessary tools.
  • A water-resistant flashlight: Because karma dictates that any breakdowns, flat tyres or other issues will happen at night and in the rain.

Essential Fluids to Take on Long Road Trips

Before you leave, make sure all the fluids in your vehicle are full. In order to get accurate readings, you’ll need to make sure that your vehicle is parked on flat ground. You should also wait a few minutes after your car has been shut off for the readings to be accurate.

Fluids such as transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, engine oil, and windscreen wiper fluid should be checked. Any fluids that are low should be topped up. Pack as many of these fluids in the boot for emergency situations, at the very least, never leave home without coolant and oil.

Finally, pack at least two litres of water for every person that is in the vehicle. If there is a breakdown in the middle of the bush, it could be a long wait until help arrives and you will need to stay hydrated.

Portable Chargers

You are preparing for the worst-case scenario here too, but keeping your devices charged along the way will undoubtedly help keep the kids happy as well. Pack charging cords and keep your devices plugged in while you are driving to keep the batteries full. But also pack fully-charged portable charging devices for a breakdown situation, or for any instances where you know you won’t have electricity (i.e. when camping). You will need to be in communication with assistance, and your device may be used to locate where you are, so a flat device could be a big problem.

Preparing adequately for a road trip is really all about taking your journey into consideration just as much as your destination. So long as you’re able to think ahead and factor in the number of people you’ll be travelling with into your emergency preparedness plans, chances are that your road trip will experience little to no speed bumps along the way!

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