This is meant to be just a quick reminder that if you’re travelling for the holidays (like we currently are) have you:
- Had your car serviced lately? That is, checked tires, engine oil, filters, belts, wiper blades, etc? Regular maintenance is always important but the last thing you want is to be needlessly stranded on the side of the road, possibly a long way from home, and cold too if you could have avoided it.
- Stocked necessary vehicle emergency supplies, including jumper cables, engine oil, extra fuses, road flares, tools, can of air, etc? We’re not all DIY’ers when it comes to vehicle maintenance but you never know what you can do on your own if you need to or who might stop to help.
- Told somebody where you are going, how you will get there (roads taken), and when you will arrive for each destination? Just as any good hiker would do, someone should know your travel plans if at all possible so people know to come looking if you haven’t arrived after some reasonable expectation of time.
- Packed plenty of snacks and entertainment for your children? This is likely the MOST important survival tip for my family.
- Considered your winter weather preps, such as ice scraper, brush, chains (if necessary), shovel, sand, etc? Before we began travelling this holiday season, we had a little snow storm come through that brought plenty of ice with it. Fortunately, the roads are fine and I already had our supplies gathered… how about you?
- Added warmth to your vehicle supplies not only for winter but your travels (extra blankets, sleeping bag, stocking caps, socks, gloves, etc)? I know it’s hard to find room in the car with suitcases and presents, but I still try to keep a few things in the car just in case.
- Check the weather forecast for the week (or, at least for when you’re travelling)? It’s expected to possible snow again while we’re out of town where we’ll be and at home too. This might force us to stay where we are for an extra day or two and are ready to do so. Would you be able and ready if you had to?
- Check up on any other emergency supplies you keep in your vehicle besides the aforementioned gear? This could be everything else you might keep, including extra food, water, matches, flashlights, batteries, etc.
- Brought plenty of cash, phone chargers, and emergency contact numbers? Remember, that it’s always important to be ready to navigate the “modern jungle” and be able to communicate.
These are just a few major thoughts off the top of my head that we had to consider before leaving. Hopefully, they’ll help you too. Be safe and take care!
“This article was first published at reThinkSurvival.com.”