Packing Tidbit #2 (and Rules of Travel #1)

Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Quality Inn

Flag of United States  , Missouri
Sunday, April 5, 2009

I plan to camp quite a bit in Oklahoma and not sure how much wi-fi will be available, so this may be the last post for a bit. Here's hoping it's a little warmer than Missouri!

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!


-emergency blanket
-utility gloves
-jumper cables
-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)
-reflector triangle
-road flares
-24-hour emergency candle
-paraffin matches
-duct tape (partial roll)
-Tri-Flow (tiny bottle)
-bungee straps
-magic eraser (terrific for safely scrubbing smooshed bugs off the hood and windshield)
-paper towels
-toilet paper
-peanut butter & crackers, protein bars
-bottled water
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traceymc on

SO excited!
It's Sunday and I'm at work, of course, but I was SO excited to get all of your emails this morning! I'm all caught up now and sounds like you're having a blast! We miss you! We saw a b&w FJ cruiser at McD's yesterday and Jake & Will both said 'there's Reka!!'.
They haven't quite grasped it yet that you'll be gone for a while, but that's probably a good thing. They bounced the day away on the trampoline yesterday-thank you again for that special treat!
Well, better get to work so I don't have to stay all day-it's sunny and 50-ish here.
Can't wait for your next experience-Luv ya!

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