Finally! Spring is here, summer’s on the way and with vaccinations now becoming available, and local provincial parks and campsites open, we can feel a little more free to gear up for weekend road trips. One of the ways to prepare for the upcoming camping season, is to pack an emergency roadside kit for your vehicle. Your kit will contain everything you need in case of delays, and be unique to your personal family/friend bubble as you plan your escape into nature.
Build your own or shop for pre-packaged emergency roadside kits online. Customized kits packaged by you should contain:
- Jumper cables
- Flares or triangle reflectors
- Change of clothes and footwear
- First aid kit
- Retractable knife or army knife with multiple functions
- Long life sealed food
- Fresh bottled water
- Light sticks
- Space blankets
- Lighters or water-resistant matches
- Tow rope
- Face masks
- Rain gear (yes, we know, it’s not going to rain this weekend and ruin the trip)
- Insect repellent
- Light blankets
- Ground cover and overhead tarp
Emergency Tool Kits: This auxiliary kit will include simple tools that you will need for your car or basic tasks. Multipurpose utility tools are useful for emergencies and general troubleshooting.
Check Your Spare Tire
Of course, before traveling, especially off-road, we want to make sure our spare tire and jack are in place to avoid getting stranded. If you’re camping in a remote or no-cell-signal area, this is especially important. Having your spare tire inflated and ready for a flat is a good thing, but knowing how to put it on is another. If you’re unsure or not confident in how to put your spare tire on your vehicle, ask someone knowledgeable in tire-changing to show you how, and have a practice session.
Don’t forget the pets!
You’re packed for the road trip and your emergency kit is ready for all your peeps, but what about your dog? Emergency kits for pets include anything they need in case of travel delay or inclement weather, either cold rain or heat.
Need a spring tune-up? Book an appointment online.
Our spring tune-ups in Kamloops keep your vehicle running at peak efficiency through the camping season. We have two locations in Kamloops and remain open following COVID protocols as updated by the provincial health authorities. To make an appointment with our auto technicians, phone AutoPro Alignment & Maintenance on 2063 E Trans Canada Hwy – service advisor Nicole at: (250) 374-8787 or T & H AutoPro 130 Wilson Street – service advisor Gena Caputo at (250) 554-3444.
You may also like to read: How to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Car