5 Must Pack Items for Any Road Trip


Before you hit the open road, make sure you bring some supplies with you. While you've probably already figured out the basics like a change of clothes, food, and water, there are a few things that aren't obvious yet still important.

What if you're stranded on the side of the road? What if you get hurt? What if your cell phone loses coverage?

Sometimes, it's about convenience (i.e. being able to charge things in your car on the go). Here are some must-have items that could save you time, and save your life:

Shake 'n' Charge Flashlight

The Shake 'n' Charge flashlight is an LED flashlight powered by kinetic energy. Most of them are of the shake design but some are crank-powered. You've probably seen these before.

You physically shake the flashlight a few times, and a magnet passes between a coil of copper wire. That action charges the ultracapacitor inside the flashlight which, in turn, powers the LED.

The other common design for this type of flashlight is the crank-style where you just turn a crank to charge the light.

These are really handy when you're stranded on the side of the road, you're in a remote location, or you just don't want to worry about taking extra batteries with you.  

The flashlight has an ultra-long life, and there are no batteries to replace. Best of all, it's ultra-portable so you can take it pretty much anywhere.

First Aid Kit 

If you get injured out on the road, you'll wish you had a first-aid kit, so bring one and be prepared.

These kits will come with plenty of band-aides, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment to kill bacteria on open wounds (to help keep any cuts from being infected), as well as medical tape and gauze.

Power Converter 

 You might not think about charging your electrical devices until they run out of juice. Sure, you have a mobile phone charger, but what about your other gadgets like laptops?

A power converter will let you charge pretty much anything you bring with you and, considering your vehicle is like a big generator, that should make the trip more enjoyable for other people in the car.

Who knows, you might even need it to power things like a hair dryer if you find a stream to wade in or if you camp out in the bush along the way.

Paper Maps

While mobile phones have built-in GPS these days, they don't always have the signal to go with the technology.

That's when a good old-fashioned paper map comes in handy. It's a backup, for sure, but it could keep you from getting lost - especially at night when road signs are more difficult to see.

Spare Keys

There's almost nothing worse than accidentally locking yourself out of your vehicle while you're on the road.

It happens to the best of us. Don't let it happen to you. Bring a spare key with you and keep it on you at all times - in your purse (just make sure you always take your purse with you wherever you go), in your wallet, or you could even stick it in the sole of your shoe.

Elizabeth Bailey is a travel consultant. She also enjoys blogging where she gets to share her insights and tips. Visit the http://www.expedia.com.au/Car-Hire link for car hire information.

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