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  1. Default Packing List -- Cross Country in a Car

    4 Weeks.
    Taking I 70 west to Utah and hitting 15 south to Las Vegas.
    What would be a good packing list?
    I am trying to cover as much as possible.
    I'm sure I can buy things along the way.
    What would I do if the car broke down?

    Preliminary Packing List:
    Wallet
    Passport
    Check Book
    Blanket
    Pillow
    Cell Phone
    Cell Phone Charger
    Camera
    Batteries and Charger
    Music
    Maps
    Sun Glasses
    Extra Glasses
    Eye Prescription
    Insurance Cards

    First Aid Kit

    Paper Towels
    Toilet Paper
    Baby Wipes

    Plastic Bags

    Large Cooler
    Ice
    Food
    Plastic Plates, Bowls and Cups
    Forks, Spoons, Knives
    Soy Milk
    Cereal
    Water

    Razor
    Shaving Cream
    Soap
    Wash Cloth
    Towel
    Tooth Brush
    Dental Floss
    Tooth Paste
    Nail Clipper
    Mouth Wash

    Jumper Cables
    Road Flares

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    Default Organizing the list

    I can see from the layout that you've already got some of these things grouped into subcategories - for instance, you have toiletries in there together, which is a good way of going about this. It is possible to get very finely detailed, if desired. I don't see "license" or "credit card(s)" on there, is the assumption that they are already in the wallet?

    As far as what to do if the car breaks down - it depends on the type of emergency. Flat tire? Then you'll want to make sure your spare tire is in good condition and you know how to use the provided jack (or at the very least have access to the instructions.) Total mechanical meltdown? Well, you're not going to be able to fix that on the road, so knowing who to call in that situation would be mighty handy. You'll be on heavily traveled roads so at least you won't have to worry about being lost in the wilderness with nothing but your wits and a sharp knife to survive.

    What type of lodging will you be using?

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    Lodging?
    Cheap Motels.
    I also heard that car-sleeping is legal and safe at truck stops.

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    I always bring a small mirror.

    You can never have too many flashlights. I carry a small one in the glove compartment and a larger one that has a flashing red light in the rear compartment.

    Check your maps for rest stops along the Interstate and most states have a Dept of Transportaton website that lists the rest stops and whether they are open. You need to check because several states have been closing some or all of their rest stops due to financial constraints. You can sleep at rest stops as long as you stay in your car.

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    I also heard that car-sleeping is legal and safe at truck stops.
    Yes, with permission. However, you aren't going to get good sleep in a car. If you do, it's courteous to give them some business - buy a shower, meal, and/or a tank of gas.

    You can sleep at rest stops as long as you stay in your car.
    That's not legal in most states any more.

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    Default Someone who speaks my language!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rook View Post
    You can never have too many flashlights.
    I've always had a fascination for flashlights! I carry about six in the truck! And have about twenty at the house.

    Mark

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    I added mirror and flashlight to my list.

    What specific food is good for eating in the car?
    I don't want to eat too much junk food.
    I was thinking of carrot sticks.

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    Default Eating on the go

    If you're looking just for something to eat, occasionally, in the car, then carrot sticks would be a good choice. Generally, anything that can easily be reached and doesn't leave a lot of residue on your fingers (so cheese-covered anything is out!)

    I don't know of any full meals that are good to eat in the car, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    I've always had a fascination for flashlights! I carry about six in the truck! And have about twenty at the house.

    Mark
    I've got half a dozen. I want to be buried with them. I might need them.

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    If you have a recent iPhone, you have a built-in flashlight. Mine has come in very handy several times in the last few days!!!

    This is an old thread, but it bears re-reading anyway.


    Donna

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