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Twelve things to bring on that road trip


Holy Week is one of the peak travel seasons of the year. With so many thousands of motorists hitting the road, it’s best to be prepared for the long journey. Here are some things that are worth bringing along to make your trip safer and more pleasant:

Map. If you’re heading to areas that are relatively unfamiliar, you had better plan out your route, along with rest stops. If you’re heading to a resort, ask for a map with landmarks clearly indicated.

New tires. Check your tires a few days before your trip. If they’re worn out, before a long drive is a good time to invest in a new set. Most tires are made to last for only five years, so check your records when you bought them.

Water. Bring plenty of drinking water for you and your family. Getting parched can lead to fatigue and reduced alertness. Make it distilled water, so in case your car radiator needs a refill, you can use for that purpose, too.

Duct tape.  If a hose springs a leak or a car part becomes loose, a roll of tough, all-purpose duct tape can effect a temporary fix long enough for you to reach your destination or a service station.

First aid kit. Bring along basic medicine for headaches, diarrhea, hyperacidity and allergies. Bandages and plasters should

also be readily accessible.

Spare SIM card. If you’re going to a remote area, consider buying a prepaid SIM card from another network. If your “home” network coverage fails, then you may be able to make and receive calls using another network. Ask someone at your destination which network they use.

Phone charger. Phone batteries may run out quickly if you’re playing music or games on the road. It’s best to have a charger that plug into your car’s power socket to keep you connected.

Spare driver. If you’re going on a trip of more than eight hours, it’s best to have another person with which to rotate the driving duties. Remember to take a break every two hours for at least 15 minutes, even if you aren’t tired.

Child seats. Children below 12 should be properly restrained in a child seat. Bring a seat that’s appropriate for their size and age. Remember too that kids are safest in the back seat.

Reflectorized vests and flashlight. Aids visibility and safety in case you have to attend to your vehicle on the side of the road.

Cash. Bring exact change if you plan to take toll roads. This will allow you to take a shorter queue if an express lane is available.

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