Before you head on a road trip, it’s important to have a road trip kit in your car. A road trip kit is an emergency kit for your car. If you already have one packed in your car, we’ll tell you how you can update it to be ready for your road trip needs during the summer months.
Having a car emergency kit is essential when you’re stuck on the side of the road, no matter what time of the year it is.
While some may view a road trip kit as essentials like a neck pillow or a printed out sheet with directions to your destination in case you lose cell service, at Scott’s Auto we believe it goes beyond that.
When we refer to a road trip kit, we essentially mean an emergency kit. These kits are important because they can hold the supplies that could keep you safe if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road.
Whether due to inclement weather your car won’t start this summer, here is what Scott’s Auto recommends having in your road trip kit.
What you pack for your car’s emergency kit in the winter won’t be the same as what you need in the summer. This is even more so for people who don’t live in areas with moderate weather year-round. If you experience the true seasons, from hot to cold to mild spring and fall, your car’s emergency kit will need to change just like the seasons do. Here is what to pack in your road trip kit this summer:
When you’re on the side of the road, you’ll want flares or reflective hazard triangles in case of trouble. Alternatively, you can also now buy LED flameless flares that will last longer than the traditional ones. This helps keep you safe so other people can see you, especially in the dark, but it’s also to keep other driver’s on the road safe, too.
You should always pack water when you’re about to hit the road for a trip. If you get stuck in the heat, staying hydrated will be important to make sure that you’re staying healthy while waiting for help. A good rule of thumb is to have one gallon of water per person going on the trip. Additionally, you’ll want snacks just in case you’re stuck for a long time. Pack non-perishable items like granola bars and other long-lasting foods.
In the summer, you might not need a blanket to keep you warm, however, you can use a reflective emergency blanket for shade. If you don’t have a reflective blanket, any blanket will work to protect you from the intense sun.
A small tool kit should be in your car at all times, summer or not. You never know when you need a simple tool to get you back on the road quickly.
A first aid kit is another king that should be part of your emergency kit year round. It should include ointment, gauze, bandages, adhesive tape and tweezers. If someone in your family has life-threatening allergies, keeping an EpiPen in this kit is a good idea, too.
Keeping sunscreen in your car will help protect your body when there’s no shade to hide in. If you’re stuck in the sun, you’ll be glad you threw a couple bottles of sunscreen in your emergency kit.
Another item you should always keep in your car? A flashlight. It gets dark everyday, and you might be stuck on the road after the sun goes down. A good, long-lasting option that we recommend is having an LED flashlight.
Most people always carry a phone charger in their car anyway, but make sure you have one at your disposal when you go on a long trip. Keep a spare charger in your car!
Though we can’t pack your road trip kit for you, we can recommend what you should take with you on your trip. Further, we’re here to fully inspect your car before you head out to make sure you’re driving with a car that won’t break down when you get on the road. For help before you go on a road trip, come see us at one of our four convenient locations around Colorado.