Travel Tips A Checklist From The Outdoor Experts At DLK

Travel Tips A Checklist From The Outdoor Experts At DLK



If you’re planning a​ road trip,​ a​ little pre-planning goes a​ long way toward making your journey pleasant and safe. Before you​ head out on​ the​ road,​ take the​ time to​ go through this travel checklist to​ be sure you’ve covered all the​ bases.

A. Car Safety Checklist

- Check the​ fluids

Check the​ oil,​ and top up if​ necessary. Better yet,​ have an​ oil change if​ you’re traveling any long distances. When adding oil,​ always use the​ weight recommended for your vehicle.

- Check all your belts for wear,​ cracking or​ tears. Have any that show signs of​ wear replaced.

- Check the​ wiper blades. if​ it’s been a​ year or​ more since they’ve been replaced,​ do it. Trying to​ peer through smeared raindrops is​ a​ recipe for disaster.

- Check your tires. Make sure that they’re inflated to​ recommended PSI,​ and that the​ tread isn’t dangerously worn.

B. Emergency Kit

Being prepared in​ an​ emergency can spell the​ difference between inconvenience and tragedy. you​ can purchase a​ roadside emergency kit with most of​ these items in​ it​ then add to​ it,​ or​ put together one of​ your own from scratch. in​ either case,​ keep all the​ items together and easily accessible so that you’ll be able to​ get to​ them if​ you​ need them.

- a​ flashlight is​ a​ must – most experts suggest two. Do yourself a​ favor and opt for the​ best LED flashlight you​ can find. LED lights tend to​ be far more durable and can take being knocked around in​ the​ boot of​ your car. They draw less power from the​ battery,​ so are less likely to​ run out of​ juice just when you​ need them most. a​ handheld torch and a​ lantern are both good ideas. Tossing a​ couple of​ inexpensive LED penlight flashlights in​ the​ glove can prove handy for map reading and lighting the​ way to​ the​ john if​ needed.

- a​ first aid kit is​ another must. a​ prepackaged one with bandages,​ gauze,​ tape,​ antibiotic,​ antiseptic and other basic first aid necessities should be fine.

- Emergency roadside flares can save your life by making you​ easy to​ see from a​ distance. Standard roadside flares can fail to​ work if​ they’re damp,​ and can be dangerous. a​ number of​ companies make LED safety lights and roadside LED safety flares that can mark your position on​ the​ road shoulder,​ or​ serve as​ an​ emergency beacon if​ you’re lost.

- a​ multi-tool or​ utility knife will come in​ handy. a​ fixed blade hunting knife and pocket knife will give you​ all the​ cutting edges you​ need for most emergency situations.

- Aerosol tire sealant can get you​ to​ the​ next service station in​ the​ event of​ a​ tire puncture.

- a​ blanket to​ wrap up in​ if​ need be.

- Jumper cables

- Bottled water

- an​ extra gallon of​ engine coolant. While you’re at​ it,​ tuck away an​ extra quart of​ oil and a​ pint of​ transmission fluid.

C. First Aid Kit

- Acetaminophen,​ ibuprofen,​ and aspirin tablets

- Antihistamine

- Anti-nausea/motion sickness medication

- band-aids and gauze

D. Health and Comfort

- Pack a​ cooler of​ healthy snacks,​ juices and water and keep it​ stocked.




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