Packing Tidbit #2 (and Rules of Travel #1)
Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
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Okay, so here's another peek into the mind of an obsessive-compulsive, organized, list-making traveler. (Maybe I was a Boy Scout in a previous life?) Seriously, there's nothing more important in your car than an emergency kit. And in case there's no cell service, you must know how to change your tire; it's always better to practice in your driveway than having to deal with it in the dark, in the boondocks!
Growing up, my Dad made sure I knew how to change a tire, check the fluids, and eyeball the hoses. A year in Detroit (and another in Cleveland) taught me to carry extra clothes and an emergency blanket six months out of the year -- as well as never letting the tank get below half full. (Since I created Rule #2, I've come back to edit and add a formal Marijka's Rules of Travel #1: never let your tank get below half full.)
So here's what I'm carrying, and it all fits in half of a collapsible trunk box. Note that my super-duper heavy flashlight is in the front seat in case I have to conk someone over the head. :-) And after this trip, I plan to leave my camping headlamp in the car for hands-free light - those LED lights are amazing!
PACKING TIDBIT #2 - AUTO EMERGENCY KIT
-tire pressure gauge
-adjustable wrench (indispensable for tightening the battery terminals)
-tire gauge (even with a sensor, I like checking my own tires)
-folding shovel (you never know when you'll have to dig yourself out of a dune)
-24-hour emergency candle
-duct tape (partial roll)
-Tri-Flow (tiny bottle)
-magic eraser (terrific for safely scrubbing smooshed bugs off the hood and windshield)
-peanut butter & crackers, protein bars