Warm weather will finally be arriving soon in many parts of the country. With the warmer temperatures, people will be doing a lot more traveling. Most of this traveling will be done by car (despite the ever raising cost of gasoline).
Of course, some of this traveling will just be trips that may only take you an extra hour or two. These trips may be to malls, zoos, museums and other fun places that are close, yet far enough away that you may be tired once you get back home.
Yet, other trips may take you days to reach your destination. These days will be spent with your family in your car, van or whatever means of transportation you have. These trips means that you need to plan ahead a bit more wisely and you need to figure out ways in entertaining the children.
As the warm weather approaches, you might want to consider some items to buy ahead and store in your car. These would be items that you may need in an emergency or items that you may just need if you are out traveling. Some items are convenience items and other items are essential. If you plan ahead now, you may save yourself time later down the line. Plus, it would make those fun, spontaneous trips a lot more civilized and you will feel much more prepared to take them.
1. Flash lights with fresh batteries.
2. First aid kit, with fresh medicine. You don’t have to buy a huge kit. Just make sure you have the basics: bandages and some kind of antiseptic ointment.
3. Important numbers. These are a must and should be with you always, anyway. By important numbers I mean, your mechanic, a towing company, the police, the highway patrol, your spouse’s work number, your auto insurance carrier’s number, numbers you may need in an emergency.
4. Copies of your health insurance and auto insurance policies or cards.
5. Listings of medications members of your household take, especially if a member or members take a lot. Include dosage and milligrams.
6. A blanket. Yes, even in warm weather this could come in handy.
7. Tools. You should at least have some basic tools such as wrenches and screw drivers. It also wouldn’t hurt to carry around a pair of jumper cables, flares and don’t forget the spare tire. You may not be able to use all these items but somebody might need them or might help you if your vehicle becomes impaired.
8. Do you happen to have an extra phone charger on hand? If you do, you should carry one of these with you always, whether you are day vacationing, vacationing for days or just riding around normally.
9. A small umbrella, the kind the folds up to a tiny thing. You know it is bound to rain.
10. Extra money. Try to always keep some spare change (in change form for parking meters) plus some extra bills. One, you never know when you may need them. Two: If you plan a spontaneous day adventure you may need that extra twenty or so by the end of the day. A blank unsigned check, hidden in a good spot. (Again you never knows what may happen).
11. Pen and paper. You may need to write down an address, a phone number, directions, or whatever. These should just always be kept in the car.
12. A disposable camera. You don’t want to miss out on capturing those fun spontaneous moments.
13. If you have kids, entertainment items. A bag full of books, crayons, things like that. These may also come in handy during an emergency trip to the hospital or doctor office.
14. A comb, barrettes, pony tail holders.
15. Hand wipes.
This listing is of course, just the beginning. You need to think of the items you and your family may want or need. The main thing is not to over think things and if you have the chance for a spontaneous drive or mini-vacation, take it. Life is too short.