Over dinner the other night, a friend disdainfully commented that given the technology in modern vehicles he would only pack a level of equipment when going across a border and food was readily available at the main line service stations. Given the roads, cellphones and the infrastructure especially on the main highways carrying too much stuff was to him merely a burden. But what if………….? What if you turned onto a gravel road to explore the road less travel and something went belly up. And after three hours you had still not seen another car.
First Aid Kit
Include things like space blankets and all the items to treat cuts and scrapes, burns perhaps from a hot exhaust and bandages for sprains of injuries. Without belabouring the point include,
- Antiseptic and antiseptic wipes
- Anti Nausea tablets
- Anti Diarrhoea tablets
- Tablets for stomach cramps
- Antiseptic creams for wound dressing
- Rubber gloves
- A scissors
- Safety pins
- A CPR mask
- Personal medication packed
- A small drinking cup
- An eye shield
- Triangular bandage (arm injuries)
Always travel with a few snacks, once on the beaten track food may be hard to find, snack bars, fruit and even some biltong may help stave off the hunger pangs.
This is essential, take enough for everyone and then more for emergencies, in case you have to wipe a mess or clean a little dirty face.
Signaling in case of no cellular reception.
Things like a torch, glow-sticks, a mirror and even a whistle will all help.
Clothing and shoes
Well always ensure that you have a few warm and weather proof items, it’s not good sitting in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops and the weather turns nasty and is cold and wet.
Standard items but not in many cars, wet wipes, tissues, hand cleaner, etc.
Back up charger
If the car has died and the battery can no longer charge your cellphone then a back up power bank or solar charger is a must.
Here I include the old faithful’s such as cable ties and duct tape and four screwdrivers (Phillips and flat head) socket set and a set of spanners and throw in a shifting spanner for good measure.
Then these remain essential,
- Small shovel
- Tow strap
- Puncture repair kit
- Fire Extinguisher
- A few books to while away the wait.
Happy travels from all of us at All Terrain, be prepared and ready for any eventuality and know that you have peace of mind when insured with Cross Country.