Summer Road Trip Car Must Haves

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Preparing for a road trip this summer? Whether you’re traveling across the state or across the country, don’t leave your driveway without these road trip essentials.

Planning Ahead

Before you ever load up your crew and fill up the gas tank, there are some steps you should take to make the whole process as smooth as possible. First, clean out your car. You’ll have more room for your essentials if the miscellaneous items that tend to accumulate in the cabin are all cleared out ahead of time. It’s still a good idea to pack light, so avoid filling every square inch available with luggage to let everyone have some elbowroom. Make sure your headlights and windshield are clean for optimal visibility, too.

Travel Essentials

While you’re on the road and away from home, there are certain necessities that you should never be without. Including a first aid kit is common sense, as this is a smart item to keep in your car even if you’re not planning any lengthy excursions. It’s also a good idea to keep a spare key on yourself or with a passenger, as you wouldn’t want to misplace it while stopping somewhere along your trip. It’s a good idea to keep wet wipes and hand sanitizer handy, as well to keep germs from all those gas pumps and rest stops from hitching a ride in your car. Your phone and other tech devices will need plenty of power for the journey, so make sure your chargers are in easy reach.

Tools for the Car

It pays to be prepared, so don’t forget the tools and supplies that your car might need on the road. Before you head out, inspect the spare tire to make sure it’s still in reliable condition, then pack up the tire changing tools (car jack, wheel wedges, and lug wrench) in case you need to swap it out on the go. Other travel essentials include extra coolant, jumper cables, and a tire pump.

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