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Most important things to take on a road trip?

Discussion in 'Road Trips' started by Trellum, Jul 20, 2013.

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  1. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

    Jul 17, 2013
    What are the 10 most important things someone who goes on a road trip should take? I'm talking about things that are completely important and should be taken on a road trip no matter what; things that would come in handy if something unexpected could happen while on the road. I would like to know what you think :)

    So what would your choices be?
  2. Mercedes

    Mercedes New Member

    Jul 26, 2013
    There are so many important things to take on a road trip. I would have a list for them first and then put it together. I would put in oil and water tanks, and gas in the trunk just in case I need them and tools to fix my car just in case I needed them. I would bring water, food, money, credit card, warm clothing, phones, chargers, automatic jumper, clothing and towels to change and some papers if I needed it.
  3. iRichard

    iRichard Member Founding Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    10 important thing I bring on a road trip are:
    • Food
    • Water
    • Cell phone
    • Clothing
    • Trash bags
    • Paper towels
    • Spare tires
    • Money
    • iPod Nano
    • Chargers
  4. limcid

    limcid Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    • A high-quality first-aid kit
    • extra water
    • water cleansing tablets
    • a phone
    • backup batteries for phone
    • phone power adapter
    • an inverter to use/recharge the phone using the vehicle's battery
    • a small handheld CB type of radio
    • flares
    • hunting knife and/or gun (just be knowledgeable of the current gun laws for every state you plan to ride through. Don't even think about going to New York with a gun, you'll end up in jail.)
    • fire-starting tools (lighter, matches)
    • some amount of rope or very strong string
    • homemade energy bars
    • beef jerky and dried fruit
    • thermal underwear

    Basically, I think it's all about being able to mend any bruises, staying hydrated, maintaining energy levels, communicating for help, and self-defense. You need to be able to survive until help arrives.
  5. happyflowerlady

    happyflowerlady Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    Before going on a road trip, I always take the car in and eat it serviced, make sure the tires are good, and brakes are up to snuff, and there are no known issues with the car. Then I would take extra water, antifreeze, oil, tyranny fluid, brake fluid, and any other things that the car might need along the trip if something goes wrong. You do not want to be stranded out somewhere and only needing a simple thing to get back on the road, but didn't bring it.
    I also take gas can, flashlight, and some extra food and maybe a jacket just in case of a nighttime breakdown
    I will mark out on the map where I am going to be traveling so I am pretty familiar with the route, and then also put it on the GOS on the iPad, so I can watch my progress as I am driving.
  6. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

    Jul 17, 2013
    That's a really good list of items that can come in handy, I hadn't even thought of bringing most of those :D
  7. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

    Jul 17, 2013
    That's a short, but very cool list! It's a bit minimalistic, but it perfectly covers the essentials :D Food and water are must, so is money and clothes. Bringing spare tires sounds like a good idea as well. The rest are highly valued commodities :)
  8. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

    Jul 17, 2013
    Do you your own energy bars?! Mind sharing the recipe? :D Thanks about the tip, I'll make sure I'll never be carrying a gun if I ever decide to go on a road trip to NY. I liked your list, I think it's very completed and has given me a couple of good ideas. After all, you never really know what could happen when you're on the road and it's always better to be safe than sorry :) Thanks a lot for the super useful reply!
  9. phoenixcorreia

    phoenixcorreia New Member

    Aug 7, 2013
    - First aid kid
    - Water
    - High-energy food
    - FIre starters
    - Flashlight
    - Heavy thermal blankets or sleeping bags
    - Some kind of phone
    - Pocket cash, about $50
    - Power adapter

    That's probably what I would bring, though the climate I'd be going through would be definitely taken into account.
  10. violetzoom

    violetzoom Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    A map! Ha ha. Also, taking food and water (especially water) is probably a good idea, along with some blankets and a cellphone. A flashlight is probably a good idea too, along with a first aid kit, just in case.
  11. Sugarhill

    Sugarhill Member Founding Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Well, I guess I could be redundant and repeat what has been written, but I'm going to say some things that I didn't see.

    1. Patience - you never know what traffic may bring or the screaming kids in the back.
    2. Good music - I always need music.
    3. Comfortable clothing - it's not legal in most places, but sometimes, you need to drive barefoot or in some socks.
    4. Hopefully some good company - someone needs to keep you awake.
    5. A reasonable amount of time - be safe out there!
    6. Food - but also good information of where the rest stops are.
    7. Discipline - yeah, you need a cell phone, but even more, you need the ability to resist looking at it while driving.
  12. oldsmoboi

    oldsmoboi Member

    Aug 3, 2013
    Automotive Writer
    cell phone car charger... everything else I can buy cheaply if needed.
  13. nicola

    nicola Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    i do believe that you will need a lot of things. Food , water & Battery are things that are needed for the road trip .
  14. JackBracken

    JackBracken New Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Top ten things? I'd have to go with

    1. Water
    2. Food
    3. First-aid
    4. Emergency money
    5. Spare tire
    6. Phone charger
    7. Some form of entertainment ( Music, movies etc.)
    8. Some form of protection
    9. A tent and Blankets
    10. Camera in case you get a really good view.

    I hope to go on a road trip through Asia someday.
  15. Sheryl

    Sheryl Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    I would bring these things:

    1. Food
    2. Water
    3. MP3
    4. Books
    5. Maps
    6. Camera
    5. Blankets
    6. Extra clothes
    7. Beers or Wine
    8. Toiletries
    9. Phone
    10. Sunglasses
  16. Randy

    Randy Life of a GEARHEAD Founding Member Club Mopar Chevy Truck Club

    Oct 27, 2013
    GMC/Dodge Tech but certified in Ford
    Angleton, Texas
    I mostly bring
    7-some type of protection
    8-smokes or dip
    9-a person
  17. novasparker

    novasparker Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    ok, so maybe I'm a bit of a renegade, but the fun of a road trip, at least for me is to experience what the world has to offer. The only way to really do that is to refrain from being "overprepared" for the worst. So yes, I take a cell phone and charger. I take money, my id, a debit card and a credit card, my insurance paperwork, my clothes, my AAA card and that's about it. Anything else you need can be improvised on the road. I know people want to take tools but I don't know how to fix most anything that goes wrong, so they are useless to me.
  18. KellyValentine

    KellyValentine Member Chevy Truck Club

    Oct 22, 2013
    I would probably always have money, clothes, food, someone else, chargers, laptop, spare tire, phone, music and my purse. Almost always I probably forget at least one of these items. My road trips are sometimes spur of the moment.
  19. New Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    My husband is a truck driver so he always has his phone charger, change of cloths, toilet paper, wet wipes, and a map just in case there is no GPS service. Everyone else pretty much covered everything.
  20. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Member Founding Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Web Developer & Content Writer.
    Virtual World
    My list of basics would include:
    1. Water
    2. Food
    3. Maps
    4. Phone
    5. Laptop
    6. A radio
    7. Solar chargers
    8. regular batteries
    9. Toiletries
    10. Blankets
    And obviously cash money in the pocket.
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