No matter how many trips I take, whether by car, air, boat, or train, my absolute favourite mode of transportation is car. Flying is great when I need to get somewhere too far to drive, or in a hurry, but nothing beats travelling by car when you have the time to do so. I love the inviting open road, the sunshine on my face, rolling down the window and rocking out to my favourite tunes. It all feels so freeing and wonderful!
The excitement of the trip can continue throughout your journey when you are prepared and organized. As much as we would like to believe that everything will go smoothly, the reality is that there will probably be a few hiccups along the way. By being organized, you can make sure these inconveniences are minimal and that they don't slow you down – literally. All of us at Organize My Chaos are chronic list makers. It's what makes us so good at our jobs. The best way you can ensure that you don't forget something, is to make a list and use it. It won't help you if you are on the road when you realize you forgot something as basic as a spare set of car keys when you lock your keys in the car. Was it on your list? Did you remember to review your list before you started out on your road trip? We've put together a road trip preparation list as well as a list of essential items you should have with you regardless how long you will be travelling. Think of the motto “Always Be Prepared”. Vehicle
Check all fluid levels and ensure they are topped up. Put an extra jug of windshield washer in the trunk.
Make sure the car battery is in good, working condition.
Check the tires and tire pressure. Make sure spare tire is in good shape.
Make sure car jack is in car and in proper working condition.
Make sure car registration and insurance papers are up to date. Place them in the glove compartment for easy access.
Check wipers – front and rear windows.
Pack a roadside emergency kit including a set of jumper cables.
Pack a flashlight and spare batteries.
Have an extra pair of work gloves and a few rags.
Update your GPS so it has current information on maps, roadblocks, etc.
Fill up gas tank the night before you leave on your trip.
Make sure you are a member of road side emergency service such as CAA or AAA. One tow can equal the cost of a year membership.
Essential items to pack for your road trip
Wallet with all ID, credit and debit cards, membership cards, etc. (You'd be surprised how many times wallets get left behind!)
First Aid Kit including: antiseptic wipes, ban