Taking a road trip adventure, or going off-road? Don't get caught spinning your wheels. Avoid the road rage and check out these items you might want to pack in your vehicle.
"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?" - George Carlin
It is a good idea to check your spare wheel to make sure it is okay. Check your current wheels too to make sure they are safe.
Useful for attaching a caravan, trailer, boat, etc.
A jack can help you change your tire, or help you out when you are stuck. Make sure you know how to use one as they can be dangerous with the weight of the vehicle.
Great for that extra storage to carry luggage, bikes, kayaks, etc.
Some models can carry quite a few bikes on your vehicle.
Cage like way to arrange items so stay in a restricted area of the vehicle.
|Frontal Protection/Bull bar|
Traditionally made from strong metal bars, newer models that absorb impact are available that are safer for whatever you might hit with them, like a cyclist or pedestrian. You may be able to attach other devices like a winch.
A strap with elastic properties aiding in recovering vehicles from a stranded position with the help of another vehicle to pull the strap.
An aid to get a vehicle out of a difficult position. Make sure you know how to use the winch as they can be very dangerous. Some winches now have remote controls can control it from a safer position.
|Tree Trunk Protector|
Wrapped around a tree trunk to protect it from a winching line when it is being used to recover a vehicle.
Used as a pulley point. Can reduce required winching power or aid in redirecting a winch line so it can pull from a different direction. This can help you remove items like a fallen tree from a path.
Also known as an anchor shackle. Used to secure various recovery straps. Please use with extreme care to ensure it does not come loose under load.
A super versatile tool that can help you dig holes, bury items, cook, save stranded vehicles, etc.
A device to aid a vehicle where it cannot gain traction in challenging conditions like soft sand or snow.
Useful for when you want to pump air somewhere, like a vehicle tire, an inflatable mattress, or driving a pneumatic tool.
|Tire Repair Kit|
When the air is no longer staying in your tire, patch it up with a repair kit.
Sometimes you want to let some air out of your tires, maybe to increase traction. This tool is purpose built for that.
Exhausts like to be free of blockages like water or mud. A snorkel can move the exit point to a better position to avoid any issues.
|Dual Battery System|
Provides you with another battery that is often used to run accessories so you don't drain your main vehicle battery.
If you are at risk of running out of fuel when driving or boating, take some extra fuel in a container.
Spare water can be carried in a container for drinking, vehicle maintenance, etc.
If you vehicle battery is flat, a jump starter can get it going again by using another power source to shock it back to life.
If there is a flat battery, these cables can be used to hook the flat battery up to another vehicles battery and kick it back to life. Please ensure you know what you are doing when using these.
It can be useful to have a spare drive or fan belt for your vehicle in case it breaks and you need to perform emergency repairs.
Hopefully you won't need it, but it can be useful if you need to top up your engine oil.
Maybe useful, particularly with an older vehicle.
Keeps your vehicle temperatures under control. Check the levels before leaving on a trip and perhaps take some spare coolant with you in case you need to refill the radiator.
An additive to your windscreen wiper water to help it clean more effectively and potentially protect the surface.
|Car Repair Manual|
Taking a manual on your trip can help you troubleshoot problems and make emergency repairs in a difficult situation.
Straps that are useful for making sure things stay where you want them to. Combine with a cover to keep many items secure underneath.
Sprays like WD-40 can be used to lubricate, waterproof and protect surfaces.
A bottle for storing or applying lubricants to help with seized items, etc. Use the right lubricant for the job.
Keeping your vehicle clean not only makes it look great, but can keep it in top condition for longer.
Should be applied to a vehicle after cleaning to ensure the surface is not scratched during the polishing. Read the instructions to make sure you are using the product correctly and under the right conditions.
Clean a vehicles, or clean items, or yourself,
Generally some old material that can be used to clean things (to and extent), including your hands.
Used for soaking up water from surfaces.
Protect your hands from cuts, punctures, chemicals, heat, dirt or whatever else might damage them.
A pyrotechnic device that produces a bright light and can signal your position and need for assistance.
A device to signal an area to avoid or attract attention. Can be placed behind your stationary vehicle to increase the chances of passers by noticing it.
Don't forget to prepare for any toll roads you may be passing through.
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