April 12, 2016

The Bare Necessities: A Packing Guide for Road Trips

The essentials for your road trip

If you've ever taken a long road trip, you know how hard it is to remember all the little things you need. That's why we've devised a go-to packing checklist for you to reference before you hit the road.

Keep in mind that a lighter trunk makes for superior gas mileage. Of course, the specifics of your trip—where you're headed, what time of year it is, how many people you're bringing—will make a big difference in how you pack. Babies and small children require more equipment, and a trip that involves camping or hiking will call for some specialized gear. Still, here's a basic guide of what you'll need to keep you and your fellow travelers safe and comfortable.

 

ESSENTIALS

·         A GPS unit or smartphone car mount

·         An atlas or paper maps (in case of poor reception)

·         Phone chargers and USB charger port

·         Sunglasses

·         Pillows and blankets

·         Wet wipes for sticky fingers after eating

·         Tissues

·         Garbage bags

·         Music (CDs, streaming apps, an iPod, or satellite radio access)

·         Books and audiobooks

·         Activities and games for kids 

·         A spare car key (packed in a separate bag)

·         An envelope with cash and coins for tolls

 

FOOD

It can be hard to find healthy food on the road, so it's a good idea to keep a well-stocked cooler within reach while you're driving. Here are some snack items to pack in your cooler:

·         Beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and juice boxes

·         Fruit (grapes, berries, pre-sliced pineapple, etc.)

·         Vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumber, etc.)

·         Hummus or vegetable dip

·         Pre-made sandwiches

 

Along with the cooler snacks, here are some additional dry foods you might want to bring, depending on your tastes:

·         Crackers

·         Pretzels

·         Bread

·         Trail mix

·         Chips

·         Granola bars

·         Baked goods

 

ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT

Check your trunk for a roadside emergency kit. You should make sure to bring the following:

·         A flashlight with extra batteries

·         Jumper cables or a portable battery with cables

·         Tire pressure gauge

·         A gallon of coolant

·         Motor oil

·         Tool kit with wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers

·         Flares or triangle reflectors

·         A first aid kit stocked with antibacterial creams, bandages, pain relievers, etc.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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