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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)


Battery charger

Car jumper cables

CDs/Tapes (music)

Extra key which you keep in your wallet (which always stays with you, in your front pocket).


Flat tire repair foam

Gas can

Oil. At least one quart of oil.

Radiator fluid.

Warning sign

Water (in case of radiator problems).

Winshield Wiper fluid (load it to the brim)



Ear muffs


Hats and/or caps, knit hats (beanie)

Jacket Rain coat

Laundry bag and detergent

Shirts and t-shirts

Shoes, boots and sandals (shower sandals, etc.)




Underwear/long johns

Cooking and Cleaning Supplies

Aluminum foil

Bags. Plastic bags. Trash bags.

an/bottle opener

Coffee pot (plugs into car cigarette lighter)

Cooking pots and pans

Cooking utensil set (spoons, tongs, knives, spatulas, measuring cup)

Cooler and ice (ice pack)

Dish detergent

Dishes: Cups, plates

Fire extinguisher

Firewood and kindling

Flint stone to start fires.

Fuel. Canned heat (heat cannister). Have a few cans.

Matches in a waterproof container

Plastic wrap

Potholders and/or oven mitts

Sponges and scrubbers

Storage containers for food


Towels (dish). Paper and other.

Tub for washing

Water jug or bladder

Water purifiers



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)


Chocolate/candy bar

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

Soup packs

Trail mix in tupperware container.

Items and Tools


Baseball bat


Brush or small hand held

Camcorder (charge batteries). Backup battery. Tape. Bring the cord and charger, too).

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

Duct tape

Flashlight (headlamps, esp). Lantern and lantern fuel.

Glasses. Reading glasses. Sunglasses with UV protection.

Guide book


Knife. Swiss army knife.


Musical instrument


Pens and pencils

Radio/CD player

Reading material/books


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.).

Water bottles

Whistles for signaling others.

Personal Care Medical, etc.

Allergy pills

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 in.

Bug repellent. Citronella candles (to repel mosquitoes)

Cologne. Helps invigorate.

Combs and brushes

Cotton swabs

Cough drops. Soar throat, too.

Deodorant and female hygiene products

Eye drops/artificial tears

First Aid Kit. First aid manual (human and pet)

Gloves (latex)

Hair gel. Helps invigorate.

Headache (Advil, etc.)

Lip balm/Chapstick

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)



Neosporin (cuts)



Razors and shaving cream

Rubbing alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide


Snakebite kit

Soap in plastic containers. Consider bath that you can wash your body and hair so you don't have to bring shampoo.

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).

Sunburn lotion

Toilet seat covers (paper) so you are safer in public restrooms.

Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss

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 well)


Food. Goodies for good behavior.

Leash. Including a pole you screw in the ground and attach the dog leash to.


Poop bags

Safety vest

Tennis ball

Tick picker

Water bowl


Air cleaner (if you will stay at hotels and motels).

Blanket and sheet. Space blanket.

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 stakes

Tent. Outdoor, car tent.


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