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Things To Bring
With You When You Travel
#Set aside a table or area where you
put everything. Ideally, add it a suitcase the
moment you think of it.
Many things you will want 2 or more
of (try to have a backup)
Car jumper cables
Extra key which you keep in your
wallet (which always stays with you, in your front pocket).
Flat tire repair foam
Oil. At least one quart of oil.
Water (in case of radiator
Winshield Wiper fluid (load it
to the brim)
Hats and/or caps, knit hats
Jacket Rain coat
Laundry bag and detergent
Shirts and t-shirts
Shoes, boots and sandals (shower
Cooking and Cleaning Supplies
Bags. Plastic bags. Trash bags.
Coffee pot (plugs into car
Cooking pots and pans
Cooking utensil set (spoons,
tongs, knives, spatulas, measuring cup)
Cooler and ice (ice pack)
Dishes: Cups, plates
Firewood and kindling
Flint stone to start fires.
Fuel. Canned heat (heat
cannister). Have a few cans.
Matches in a waterproof
Potholders and/or oven mitts
Sponges and scrubbers
Storage containers for food
Towels (dish). Paper and other.
Tub for washing
Water jug or bladder
Bananas (supposebly is good for digestion, etc.)
Beverages: Coke, water, coffee
(instant), tea, cocoa, beer, wine
Bread. Buy a fresh loaf of
french bread on the road (not sliced but the unsliced). Buy some cream
cheese on the road for your bread.
Canned (ham, potatoes
Cereal (hot and cold)
Condiments (sugar, salt, pepper,
ketchup, mustard, etc.)
Cooking oil (olive oil – also
use for ears if stuffed)
Fruit and vegetables
Juice (2 liter bottle frozen)
Noodles. Top Ramen
Peanut butter and jelly
Trail mix in tupperware
Items and Tools
Brush or small hand held
Camcorder (charge batteries). Backup battery. Tape. Bring the cord and
Cash, atm card, credit cards and wallet
Cell phone and battery (backup, too)
Clothespins and clothesline
Club (car steering lock for a weapon)
Digital camera and memory card
Flashlight (headlamps, esp). Lantern and lantern fuel.
Glasses. Reading glasses. Sunglasses with UV protection.
Knife. Swiss army knife.
Pens and pencils
Safety vests (water vest)
Toys (kites, balls and frisbees, board games and deck of cards)
Tub to put everything in.
Watch (many benefits: Help determine direction, psychological benefit, etc.).
Whistles for signaling others.
Personal Care – Medical, etc.
Bandages. Bandaids. Sterile
adhesive bandages in different sizes. Gauze rolls. Adhesive tape
Bags. Have 2 bags for the
shower. Put new clothes in one bag and use the other to put old clothes
Bug repellent. Citronella
candles (to repel mosquitoes)
Cologne. Helps invigorate.
Combs and brushes
Cough drops. Soar throat, too.
Deodorant and female hygiene
Eye drops/artificial tears
First Aid Kit. First aid manual
(human and pet)
Hair gel. Helps invigorate.
Headache (Advil, etc.)
Lotion. Face cream
(moisturizer). Lotion for insect bites, itches and rashes (including
something like Gold Bond and/or Cortizone for itching). Petroleum jelly
or other lubricant
Meat tenderizer (bee stings)
Razors and shaving cream
Rubbing alcohol. Hydrogen
Soap in plastic containers.
Consider bath that you can wash your body and hair so you don't have to
Stomach (Tums, etc.)
Sunblock (Waterproof sunscreen
with SPF 20 or higher). Err to more than normal (you don't want a
sunburn on a trip!) (Noxema aint bad).
Toilet seat covers (paper) so
you are safer in public restrooms.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste and
Towels. Toilet paper.
Towelettes/Antiseptic wipes. Paper towels. Baby wipes. Keep a roll of
toilet paper under your car seat at all times.
Vitamins (you might not eat as
Food. Goodies for good behavior.
Leash. Including a pole you
screw in the ground and attach the dog leash to.
Air cleaner (if you will stay at
hotels and motels).
Blanket and sheet. Space
Chairs and stools
Eye mask (otherwise you might
wake up too early)
Rug (entry way)
Sleeping bags and underneath
pads or cot
Tarp. One slightly
smaller than tent.
Tent. Outdoor, car tent.
Go here for a checklist of things you should do before you leave on a trip.
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