Driving Away? Summer Road Trip Check List
Here are some ideas for summer road trips… Depending on how far you’re going, you may find some of these items not necessary. Good to think about it though.
– Driving a camper? Make sure your vehicle is secure and your cargo is not overloaded. Check out Drive Smart BC – How Heavy is Your Camper?
– GPS; preferably one you can speak to without touching and that has a built-in Bluetooth (in cases where you must talk while driving).
– a REAL Map (for backup). I’ve heard stories of GPS’ sending people to farms in the middle of no where, 50 miles in the wrong direction!
– Phone Charger & Phone – an extra phone and/or battery never hurt.
– Proof of Insurance and RoadSide Assistance / BCAA Membership. Do you have OnStar? BCAA? ICBC Road Side assistance? Do you know what your membership number is and/or where your member card is?
– Wheel Rotation / Alignment – Check it before you go. Most roads are crowned (higher in the centre to allow rain water to drain; this wears on tires, even if you drive nicely and don’t hit curbs. It is worth checking it once per year or so).
– Drinking Water and Non-Perishable Food – water bottles are good. You can live without food for a while, but you can’t live without water for very long.
– Flashlight (just in case) with fresh batteries – check and make sure it works.
– First Aid Kid – better to be prepared.
– Check for Detours Drive BC
– Car Checkup *VERY IMPORTANT!* It’s hard to have a fun road trip without a car that works
– Oil & Filter Change
– Sunglasses, SunScreen, Hats
– Games, Toys, MP3, iPOD, Music – for the Kids
– Flares, Jumper Cables, Jack, Spare Tires, Fire Extinguisher
– Extra Car Keys
– Soccer Ball or Frisbee
– Extra Oil
– Duct Tape, Rope, Bug Spray
– Passport / Nexus Card
– Energy Bars, Nuts, Cereal, Trail Mix
– Extra blankets, pillows, sleeping bags
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