Your Road Trip Checklist
Nothing says summer like setting out on a road trip with your friends or family. The next time you find yourself filling your trunk with coolers and camping chairs, keep these items in mind and you’ll be well-prepared for any unexpected detours or bumps in the road.
An Emergency Kit
This is a smart thing to keep in your car whether you’re taking a road trip or just driving your daily commute. Look for an emergency kit that contains a flashlight, batteries, a warning device (such as flares or reflective triangles), a first-aid kit and extra water.
Without fuel you won’t get very far (unless you’re ahead of the curve and driving a fully electric car). As you’re driving, try not to let the gas level get below one-quarter of a tank. You never know how far it might be until you reach the next exit with a gas station.
Route Planning Tools
Paper maps are great in a pinch, but these days there are more advanced solutions to help get you to your destination. Download the BCAA mobile app to get turn-by-turn directions, interactive maps and access to real-time route planning reports.
You can’t pack these in your trunk, but consider this a helpful reminder to have your accommodations reserved before you hit the road.
It wouldn’t be a road trip if it wasn’t fun. Keep your passengers entertained by bringing books, games and music along for the ride. This is the perfect opportunity to put together the ultimate road trip mixtape (or playlist as the kids call them these days).
If you’re travelling with young children, keep them safe and secure with proper car or booster seats. BCAA offers car seat clinics and workshops to teach parents how to choose and install the right car seats for their children. Read more about our educational sessions and find a workshop near you.
If you are travelling to the US or to other provinces, don’t forget to purchase BC’s #1 travel insurance starting at $20 per trip. Members save 10% and Kids Go Free!