We all love a good road trip, whether we’re making the journey to see loved ones for the holidays or simply need to get away for a relaxing weekend in the great outdoors. But are you truly ready for anything? This simple guide will help you stay prepared for the very worst so you can enjoy a worry-free excursion.
Gerber Folding Shovel
A shovel is a handy tool with an almost infinite number of uses. You’ll need this heavy duty compact folding shovel if you get caught in mud or snow, and it can also be useful for setting up a tent or building a fire when you’re out camping.
Combination Ice Scraper/Broom
By the time you realize you need an ice scraper for your car, it will be too late. Even if you are only using your vehicle to commute to work, this tool will inevitably save the day when that unexpected cold rolls into town. The handy broom is great for windshields, but can also be great for cleaning the interior of your car.
Heavy Duty MAGLIGHT Flashlight (& Extra Batteries)
It may seem obvious, but you should never be caught without a bright flashlight and extra batteries. Remember, you can’t react properly to an emergency if you are unable to see anything! Don’t forget to remove batteries from the flashlight if it goes unused for an extended period of time.
Many areas have an extreme weather warning system available via radio. Check the availability before your departure and check it regularly. In the unfortunate event that you have no electricity, this radio will still function.
Portable Car Battery Charger
Nothing is worse than a dead car battery, whether you’re stuck in the middle of the woods or a busy interstate highway. Don’t rely on someone else to help! Keep a portable battery charger. This device will also serve as a source of electricity in a pinch and is great for charging small devices.
Clif Bar (Pack Of 24)
If you plan to travel anywhere beyond civilization, always bring backup food. Clif Bars are an excellent source of energy for your body and mind that will help you think clearly and act quickly when you need to. Don’t forget to bring water too!
Extreme Cold Weather Blanket
Weather is unpredictable and cold can sweep in when you least expect it. Be prepared for extreme weather with a high quality blanket and you won’t be in trouble if you can’t depend on your car’s heater.
First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere and at anytime. A complete first aid kit is an essential tool to stay prepared for accidents big or small, whether you’re planning a trip across the 50 states or just an afternoon trip to the park.
Gerber Pocket Knife
Knives have unlimited uses. Need to open a can of food? Collect firewood? Defend yourself? A knife can do it all. Make sure your knife is small, sharp, and safe and always keep it nearby so you can be prepared for anything.
Emergency Flare Gun
You can’t be rescued if you can’t be seen. In a life or death situation, flare guns can help alert others to your danger and save a life. Buy a few extras and keep them in all of your bags, backpacks and vehicles.
If your vehicle gets stuck, you will need a way to generate traction. Simply dig out the front of your vehicle as much as you can and place the litter in front of your wheels to help provide the grip your tires need.
Portable Solar Phone Charger
We rely on our phones for almost everything these days. Don’t ever put yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to a phone. Even in a non-emergency, you can use this solar phone charger to make sure you can always contact someone if you need to.