The thing about road trips is that nothing about them is planned. You just gather a few friends together, start-up the car, and hit the road. But to ensure that the trip remains hassle-free and a lot of fun, you need to make a list of things you need in your car.
Things to Keep In Your Car:
- Spare Tire: Just in case any tires on your car face problems.
Car Tools: Just in case your car breaks down, you’ll need the tools to screw and unscrew the apparatus.
- Jack: A crucial piece of equipment often forgotten with other car tools.
- Music Player: It may be built in or personal. A long drive can get a bit boring and music is the best way to spice it up.
- CDs: Or any other memory device with music in it that your music player can play.
- Video Player: Not an absolute necessity and may bother the driver, but a movie player can be good fun for the passengers on a long trip.
- Movie DVDs: A video player could be pretty useless without movies to go with it.
- Playing Cards: Car poker can be great fun if you take turns while driving and playing.
- Ashtray: A lot of cars don’t come with an ashtray, so carry an ashtray so you don’t litter outside.
- Car Freshener: Keeping the car under the hot sun for too long gives it an irritating smell. Use a car freshener to get rid of it.
- Doggie Bag: In case of emergencies for the ones with motion sickness.
- Food and Water: Basic necessities of life. Don’t leave the house without anything to eat or drink.
- First Aid Kit: Just in case someone gets hurt on the way.
- Compass or a GPS: While the GPS is the ideal thing to find your way when you’re lost, the folks who do not have the GPS can make do with a compass.
- Cell Phone Charger: Because there will be times when your phone runs out of power.
- Basic Hygiene Stuff: Combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving kit, tissues etc. Stuff you need if you’re planning to camp in the car for the night.
- Flashlight: Always useful wherever you go. Don’t forget the extra batteries.
- Battery Charging Kit: Often you might find yourself caught in the cold and the car refuses to start. The battery charging kit will come in really handy.
- Road Salt and Shovels: One of the best things to have in your trunk for winter. If you come across a snow-blocked road, pour some of the salt and see the ice melt away in no time.
- Pillows and Blankets: Things you need if you’re going to camp out at night. Sleeping bags will also come in handy.
- Tire Sealant: Tire sealant is a brilliant ‘quick fix’ for flat tires.
Don’t forget the insurance documents, ownership documents, and most importantly, your driver’s license.
Although first aid kits are useful irrespective of where you are, they are especially important to have with you when you go camping. When you are outdoors, the chances of getting injured are much higher. For example, you are exposed to reptile or insect bites; you could get scratches or scrapes; extensive hiking could result in blisters; or you could even experience serious emergency situations far away from civilization, in some backcountry. A well-equipped first aid kit could come in useful to alleviate the pain of a sprained ankle or perhaps could even be a lifesaver.
While the items you include in your camping first aid kit will depend upon your activities, there are a few basic things that should be included in all kits. Given below is a list of items which you can keep in a container such as a cosmetic case, or a small drawstring bag, or any handy container that can be secured with a lid.
A typical camping first aid kit for the family should include:
- A pair of scissors
- First aid tape
- Cotton swabs
- Antiseptic wipes
- A couple of large sized compress bandages
- 4-5 large sized gauze bandages
- 4-5 smaller sized gauze bandages
- Liquid pain relief spray
- Either a large tube of antibiotic ointment, or smaller individual tubes
- Different sizes of ACE bandages
- A small bottle of aspirin
- A small tube of hydrocortisone
- A breathing barrier kit for CPR
- A couple of pairs of latex-free medical gloves
- An oral thermometer which contains no glass or mercury
- A blanket for emergency
Although the above are the minimum requirements that you would want to have with you when you go on your camping trips, many outdoor experts also recommend adding the following items as well:
- Insect and bug repellent
- Eye wash or eye drops
- Water purifying tablets
- Aloe vera lotion or any sunburn relief spray
- Eye patches
- Pain relief medication for toothaches
- Smelling salts
- Calamine lotion
- Various medications to combat common ailments, such as colds and coughs, headaches, stomach upsets, and so on.
There are many companies that have ready-made camping first aid kits on offer. If you plan on bicycling or hiking outings, or any other kind of outdoor activity that will involve moving away from the camp, you will require taking along an additional smaller sized first aid kit, with fewer supplies, that you can carry in your backpack.
And finally, keep in mind that maintaining your camping first aid kit is as important as taking care of your other camping gear. After coming back from a trip, check the supplies in your kit and replenish anything that has been used up. Remember to include the amount of supplies according to the number of people going on a trip. Check for expired or outdated supplies and medications, making sure to replace anything that you throw away.