The Great Indian Road Trip Essentials
Road trips out here can be as interesting as the destination they take us to. As long as one makes wise choices and is prepared for eventualities.
There are certain things you should carry in your car to deal with an emergency while on the road. And since all of our properties lend themselves to great road-trips and if you’re reading this , you’re probably planning one such to us. Right ?
Road trips can be an adventure of the best kind, be it a weekend getaway to clear your head or a cross-country trek to explore the world and get away from it all. Or even stretching yourself and your wheels in ways you haven’t done before. So here’s a checklist of things to do, stuff to carry while heading out. These could be lifesavers or at the very least – spare you a lot of discomfort and angst.
Read on for our list of travel essentials needed for your next road trip :
First aid kit.
If you’re planning a road trip, a comprehensive first aid kit will help treat common injuries and basic illnesses. Consider including tubes of antiseptic and antibiotic creams, a bottle of Dettol liquid, cotton wool and bandages, a Volini spray for joints and sprains, OTC medications for fever, headache, upset tummies and colds. If going to high altitudes – then do include Diamox to deal with high altitude sickness on doctor’s advice. Any prescription medicines that are regularly consumed – must be carried along and consumed as you would normally do.
It doesn’t take too much to drain your car’s battery. Leave the lights on during the day or for an extended night drive and you could find yourself in the middle of a nightmare. So, keep jumper cables handy. You could use it for yourself or you could help out a stranded driver.
Puncture repair kit
Save yourself the bother of a tyre change – if you can identify it ! Fix a minor tyre puncture temporarily – using a tyre sealant, such as Fix-a-Flat, to plug the hole and till you can find a repair shop. You could also try a repair kit such as the Slime Smart Spair, which includes a sealant and a handy inflator. It’ll be enough to seal the hole and inflate tyres to normal pressure. The kit is a portable solution for flat tyres and will save you the hassle of replacing a flat in the middle of the road. Or else you can simply roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Yes – all cars do have their own tool kit – but in addition – having a multipurpose knife, a roll of duct tape, screwdrivers and spare fuses can be invaluable. Duct tape can help reattach a broken rear view mirror or even secure a hanging bumper until you get to a mechanic.
Make sure to keep some food that won’t spoil easily. Try meals in cups – where you add hot water to upma or noodles and make a meal of it. Less challenging are energy bars or biscuits, dried fruits or even bars of chocolate. Asides of water – cartons of fruit juice or coconut water or even packets of Tang can help with a sugar rush.
Water is essential for survival. We can survive a few days without food, but the body needs regular water intake. Lack of water leads to dehydration which can cause organ failure in turn. Water is also useful to reconstitute dry food, to wash wounds or to cool an overheated engine. Be it summer or winter, it’s a good idea to stock up on large cans of water before a long journey. Especially of you’re driving in remote areas.
A lot of road trips happen in autumn or winter when the climate is tolerable. Being stranded or driving in the night do call for blankets to stay warm. It is worth the extra space they take, trust us !
Solar-powered LED flashlights are easily charged and very reliable. They’re compact, strong and prove incredibly useful, in all sorts of situations – be it to look for dropped cellphones, or to take a look at what’s going on under the hood while its dark. Or carry a large torch – but do ensure its in working condition with full and spare batteries for good measure.
The cellphone is now an extension of our selves and life seems unthinkable without it. Car chargers are great – but carry a couple of high end power banks that can juice up not just phone but your cameras as well.
Irrespective of whether women are travelling by themselves or are in mixed company, it’s worth exercising caution. Carry a can of pepper spray in your handbag or keep it in the glovebox.
So. Be prepared as the Scouts would say. We wouldn’t want you to face any problems getting to us now, would we ?
But before you head out – make sure you have your bookings with us in place. All you need to do is call +91 9602091000 / 2000 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.treeofliferesorts.com