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Do you travel a lot? Do you plan on taking a trip soon? Maybe you’re a photographer who likes to take nature shots. My advice to you is to make sure you are prepared with a DIY road trip emergency kit. Why? Because anything can happen and you don’t want to be caught unprepared.
We travel to see family often throughout every season and weather conditions of the year. This includes driving a couple of hours up the interstate to see one group of relatives and also a few hours across the mountains to see another group of relatives. We also like to take long drives and explore, quite often.
We always travel prepared.
It may seem silly to be as diligent as we are about packing emergency supplies, but we would much rather be the ones traveling over-prepared rather than the ones traveling underprepared.
We’ve seen far too much, while traveling, to take the chance of not making sure we have things we might need. We highly recommend you making sure you have the supplies you might need, too.
Grab a container and keep these items in your vehicle.
*FREE PRINTABLE checklists are included at the end of this post.
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Ice Scraper/Snow Brush
Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer
First Aid Kit
Mouth Care Items
Toilet Paper/Toilet Wipes
Nonperishable Food Items
Non Electronic Games
Keep in mind, some of these items may not be something you need to worry about. For example, we have small children so we like to include music and games to keep them entertained if needed.
Also, you may need to add some items that weren’t mentioned. Make sure to really think about what you may need.
+ Important Tips +
- When you are creating your kit make sure to keep in mind not only the number of people you will be packing for but also individual needs. If you have babies or older people, for example, you may need different items. You also want to make sure you have the proper quantity of emergency blankets.
- When packing food, keep in mind that people have different caloric needs. Plan accordingly.
- Some of the items listed are going to be irrelevant to you. You won’t always need tire chains or an ice scraper, for example.
- Tell someone you trust where and when you are going. Also, your ETA.
- Taking the proper clothes and shoes is a must.
- Keeping your hands and feet warm and dry is crucial.
- Don’t underestimate what you will need. It’s better to pack too much than too little.
- Know the terrain of your route and the conditions you could be faced with.
- Know how to get where you are going without relying on technology. If you need to, jot down detailed instructions or print them out before you leave.
- Check tire pressure, oil, and other fluids, batteries, etc.
- Make sure your windshield wipers are good and the inside of your windshield is clean. This can make the world of difference in visibility and ultimately your safety.
- Secure heavy items in-case of wrecks/rollovers. Things could hit passengers and injure them during a wreck.
- Packing a firestarter, such as cotton balls dipped in vaseline and wrapped in a baggie, is always a good idea to include with your matches and lighter. Waterproof matches preferred.
Below are some links to products that you may or may not be interested in purchasing for your DIY Road Trip Survival Kit. They are a few of the items we use in our personal road trip emergency kit.
I have created TWO FREE PRINTABLE PDF’s for you to use. One is a blank checklist for you to print out and fill in as you would like. The other is a checklist that I have filled in with the items discussed in this post. Here is a preview… you can find the download links below.
As always, if you have any further input I would love to hear it in the comments below!