Getting the Car Road Trip Ready

Road trips are what life is all about. The open road, friends, snacks, being content with life – it’s all rolled into one. But with great adventure comes great preparation. Have a look at our pre-road trip essentials.



The idea here is to prepare for what may happen whilst you’re in between nothing and nowhere. Here’s a check-list  of tools that you need to pack before leaving home:

  • Car Battery Charger
  • Jumper Cables
  • 20 Tonne bottle jack
  • Wheel torque wrench
  • Multi tool


Accidents happen faster than we can comprehend, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared for when they do. An updated medi-kit should be kept in the car regardless of the distance you travel. From bee stings to bleeding axe wounds, we should be prepared no matter how gruesome the thought might be. Here’s what to keep in your medical aid kit:

  • An assortment of adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic
  • Antiseptic and hydrocortisone creams
  • Insect sting relief pads
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Ppain relievers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • A needle
  • Latex gloves
  • Saline solution
  • Chronic medication which family members use

Spare Wheel for the Win

Always, but always make sure you have a spare wheel. The last thing you want is to be stranded five hours away from civilization because you tried to miss a pothole by swerving into another pothole. Check the tread of the tire, make sure it is inflated to the correct amount of pressure and that it’s in good overall condition.

Emergency Food

We’re not talking about snacks for the road here. Emergency food should be packed and stored to keep your strengths up. Rice cakes, protein bars, flat bread paninis with sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto… whatever. As long as there’s enough to feed everyone for at least one mealtime then great. Pack something that won’t go off too quickly – you don’t want to eat into your planned picnic eats.

Jerrycan it Up

Jerrycans and containers may be expensive but so is missing the turn-off and ending up off the grid with no fuel. Most cars can turn six litres of fuel into 100 kilometres of distance. Filling up a 20 litre can with your vehicle’s preferred dinosaur juice will save you endless worries. Just make sure that you remember to pack the can’s spout because you don’t want to spill gasoline all over yourself or your ride.


Couple in old-fashioned car on road trip


By Shawn Greyling

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