Many of us get it at some point – wanderlust. The desire to up-sticks, take to the open road and just drive and explore and discover what’s out there. And some of us are even lucky enough to be able to go and do it. But if you’re one of them, what should you think about taking along with you before turning the key in the ignition, revving the engine and rolling off your drive and away?
Well, first off, developing a working knowledge of your car’s engine and an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your vehicle would be advisable. But, frankly, unless you’re aiming to venture into the true back and beyond and not take along your mobile phone, you shouldn’t really struggle to get help during a breakdown. But, aside from obligatory gear like a decent length of rope – for potential towing, among other things – and duct tape – to keep bits of your vehicle in place in times of emergency – what else should you pack for your road trip? Here are some ideas…
A quality roof box – let’s face it, if you’re going on a full-out, several-week-long trip, you’re going to need some serious storage space (more than just your boot/ trunk will provide perhaps), in which case a decently sized, dependable, streamlined roof box may be a must; like with pretty much everything that follows in this list, do your research online, as nowadays you can pick up boxes that don’t just come with reliable locks, but also simple push-button latches, extremely handy side-openings and nice, highly polished finishes to go with the sheen of your vehicle
A decent duffel bag – in-car storage space is all very well and good, but what about for when you’re in transit between your vehicle and accommodation for the night; for this you’re going to need a strong, ideally rather voluminous bag to swallow all you need to haul about from location to location with room to spare, in which case aim for something with compartments (for when it becomes obviously necessaryto keep things separate) that’s made from waterproof, breathable fabric and has good, strong straps and grabs
A sensible first aid kit –you’re going to be away from home, so if you do get injured or ill (hopefully not seriously, of course), you’re going to need the items with you to take care of it, so pack some plasters and bandages, gauzes (to apply pressure to wounds), antibacterial creams and antiseptic wipes (to clean cuts, grazes and wounds and prevent infection), pain relief tablets (i.e. paracetamol and ibuprofen) and it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to pack a couple of vitamin supplements to keep up your health regimen on the road; for instance, you might try Oxy capsules (an oxygen colon cleanser that promote good intestinal flora in the gut) and the similar yeast-gut-balancing product that’s the highly rated Fivelac (indeed, check out Fivelac reviews here)
Waterproof tarpaulin – finally, if you’re preparing to take some old, rather tired-looking tarpaulin, maybe you ought to consider upgrading to a plush, puffy-jacket-like effort made from the fabrics that many modern sleeping bags are made from; that way you’ll get some proper protection from the hard, unclean and possibly cold ground when you stop for a picnic; it’d also be great for covering picnic tables or even wrapping yourself up on a freezing day should your car breaks down and you’re waiting for a repair vehicle.