For the car
- Pack your standard emergency kit to include a flashlight, road flares, canned tire sealant, and jumper cables.
- Add basic tools, fuses, duct tape, WD-40, automobile fluids, disposable funnels, gloves, and rags for quick fixes. The DMV recommends reflective vests for roadside repairs.
- Make sure the jack and lug wrench are where they belong.
- Bring necessary documents including proof of insurance, registration, auto club card, or roadside assistance information like SECURA’s Roadside RescuerSM.
- Hide spare keys somewhere on the car inside a strong magnetic key keeper.
- Take adapters and chargers for all your digital devices.
For health and comfort
- Pack a first aid kit.
- Add sunscreen, anti-itch cream, hand sanitizer, wipes, tissues, and paper towels.
- Bring over-the-counter medicines for pain relief, allergic reactions, and car sickness.
- Remember prescription medications, refill information, and insurance cards.
- Bring spare contact lenses, sunglasses, and prescription glasses.
- Remember rain gear, jackets for unseasonably cool conditions, and a weather radio.
- Bring a sewing kit.
- Keep water and non-perishable food handy.
For financial and logistical security
- Place cash, checks, and credit cards in several places in case of theft.
- Bring tickets and reservation confirmations for hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
- Pack paper maps in case there’s no GPS signal for navigation devices.
- Have phone numbers for trusted neighbors back home.
- You might also download handy travel apps for navigation, gas prices, food and lodging, attractions, scrapbooking, and audio books.