Road Trip Emergency Checklist – Essential items every parent should have in the car for family road trips

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We’ve done a lot of family road trips, but as we get ready for a 2800-mile road trip with an estimated 44 hours of driving (yes, and 3 kids under 10 in the car)—I know I can use all the helpful reminders possible! I returned to this list Part 4 of the Travels with Baby guide, and have added a few things. Anything else you would add? Please share!

Assuming all goes well, we’ll be visiting three National Parks, a National Monument, and enjoying a break in the middle to visit with some very special members of my family—yes, all in the course of a week and a half. Did I mention LAS VEGAS?!

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Before you head out on your next big road trip, be sure to take a little time and double check that these essential items are in your car. You may want to add some items to your pre-trip shopping list:

Road Trip Emergency Checklist

  • Car cell phone charger (lighter adaptor and cord)
  • Paper map of the area you’ll drive through (backup to GPS)
  • Backup list of emergency contact phone numbers (independent of your phone)
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Fix-a-flat tire emergency tire repair in a can
  • Jumper cables
  • Flash light (with new batteries)
  • Replacement wiper blades
  • Replacement headlight bulb
  • Flares or emergency lights
  • Space blanket
  • Quarters for unanticipated parking meters or turnpikes
  • First-Aid kit, complete with infant / child medications
  • Umbrella
  • Spare pen and paper for emergency note-taking
  • Emergency cash reserve
  • Emergency water reserve
  • Emergency snack reserve*

* In your emergency snacks, be sure to include something suitable for each family member, not overlooking jarred baby food or formula if appropriate.

Have I missed anything? Lordy, there’s a lot to do today! 😉

Related posts and pages: Car seat travel and road trip tips

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby and Take-Along Travels with Baby   facebook   twitter   about the author  

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