Useful Travel Items

There are some things which are just good to bring along when traveling long distances far away from home, such as when you’re on vacation or taking a trip related to your job. People often underestimate the value of a good map, though it’s one of the most useful items you could ever pack when going on a long trip. These days many people use GPS units and digital maps to take care of this need and good maps for much of the world are freely available through the Internet. That’s just one very useful item, but there are still a few more items most people should pack when traveling.

Another good thing to pack when traveling is a first aid kit. You never know when you, someone traveling with you, or someone you meet might get injured. It’s just a good idea to have one of these around in your vehicle anyhow, even when you aren’t planning on traveling far. It’s one of those “just in case” items you know you might need, but hope you’ll never have to use. A good first aid kit should include disinfectant wipes and antibiotic ointment as well as bandages, gauze, tape, splints for setting broken fingers and a few other essential items like emergency insulin for diabetics.

One major concern for drivers especially is traveling at night when there is little or no artificial light to help improve visibility. Headlights alone sometimes aren’t enough to ensure you are able to see, as well as be seen by other drivers. For this issue, consider adding LED light bars to your car, truck or van. Click here for information about Cree LED bars made specifically for the purpose of increasing vehicle visibility while driving. It’s better to be seen and avoid an accident in the first place rather than to have a kit, phone and flares available in case you crash at night; believe it.

Speaking of flares, you don’t typically get those in first aid kits, and they are a great thing to carry in your vehicle while traveling in case you get into an accident after the sun goes down. Visibility can be very low in some places – especially if there is no overhead lighting, like when driving in the back country or other locales which are more rural and less urban. A set of flares can be the difference between being visible and getting the help you need and watching the ambulance drive right by you while you sit on the side of a dark road.

Last but certainly not least on this short list of useful travel items is a spare tire, or maybe even two, tucked away in your vehicle’s storage space. Nothing can stop someone traveling quite as fast as a sudden flat tire, but thankfully these are also some of the easiest things on a vehicle to replace, next to stuff like spark plugs and batteries. You’ll need a jack for lifting up the vehicle if you want to swap tires, and pneumatic jacks are probably the best of the bunch.