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How To Prepare For a Road Trip

Watch more Road Trip Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - A little planning is all it takes to turn your ride into a home away from home. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Make sure car is in working order Make sure your car is in good working order. No sense spending half your trip stuck in some two-bit town waiting for a new camshaft. Step 2: Get a good map Invest in a good map. And make sure your destination is on it. Step 3: Pack emergency supplies Pack emergency supplies, including blanket(s), flares, a first aid kit, energy bars, plenty of drinking water, and a working flashlight with extra batteries. Tip Invest in an electricity power converter. For about $50, you'll be able to charge up your laptop, cell phone, electric razor and a lot of other gizmos, just by plugging them into your cigarette lighter. You can even buy an adapter that accommodates two electric devices at once. Step 4: Bring spare tire Make sure you have a good spare tire or a donut in your trunk. Or, at the very least, one of those "tire-in-a-can" flat repair kits. And while you're at it, make sure your jack and tire iron are where they should be. Jumper cables are a good idea, too. Tip Take along a spare car key, and leave another one with a friend who could overnight it to you in an emergency. Step 5: Bring pillows & sleeping bags Throw some pillows and sleeping bags into the back seat so you can snooze in the car or take advantage of camping sites. Super-store parking lots are also a popular place to crash overnight. Step 6: Bring credit card Have at least one credit card with you for emergencies. Step 7: Bring snacks & meals Stock up on snacks, and meals to cook on your car engine while you drive. The Internet is full of easy recipes you can download. Basically, all you need is some nice chicken, fish or chops, some vegetables, a little seasoning, lots of aluminum foil, and a hot engine. Tip If you're driving in hot and sunny weather, bake cookies on your dashboard with slice-and-bake dough and aluminum foil. Step 8: Take collapsible cooler Take along a collapsible cooler or two filled with ice to keep your beverages cold and food fresh. Step 9: Be realistic Always be realistic about how much driving you can handle. When you've had enough, pull over and call it a day -- or night. Did You Know? Ellen DeGeneres was voted the celebrity Americans would most want to take a road trip with in a 2007 survey.
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