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  1. #1
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    Default Check List for Road Trips

    We had a request, in another forum, for a trip packing check list. I keep such a list handy on my computer at all times. Each trip, I print it out, cross off anything that isn't needed for that particular trip, and we check off as we go. Bear in mind, if you choose to use my list as a start, that we often travel in a pickup with a camper shell, so we have loads of room to carry stuff without cramping us in the cab. Feel free to highlight, copy (Ctrl-C), and paste (Ctrl-V) onto your own word processing software. Then edit to meet your own needs (for instance, you may not travel with your own coffee pot and makings, like we do).

    CAR

    maps, Tour Books
    GPS/charging cords
    snacks
    sunglasses
    Bluetooth (2)
    journal (long trip), pen
    cooler (see food)
    First Aid Kit
    rags, tools
    Windex, paper towels
    “meds bag”

    CLOTHING, COSMETICS, PERSONAL CARE

    ELECTRONICS/HOBBIES

    laptop, charging cord, mouse
    Ethernet cord
    cameras, batteries, charging cord, USB cord
    blank DVD-R's or CD's (long trip)
    cellphones, charging cords (AC/DC)
    Kindles, charging cords
    reading material (other than Kindle)
    puzzle books
    pen and notebook
    iPod & charger
    CD Walkman/adapter for truck
    2-to-1 adapter 12-volt car charger
    pedometer, USB cord

    OTHER TO CONSIDER

    medications
    vitamins
    OTC medications
    hiking type backpack
    water bottle fanny packs (2, hiking)
    camping type chairs
    pool towels
    sunscreen

    FOOD / PREPARATION

    induction burner
    fry pan, saucepan, lid
    spatula
    plastic measuring cup
    plates/paper plates
    bowls
    plastic cups/paper cups
    silverware
    serving spoon, can opener
    coffee maker
    coffee mugs
    travel mugs
    sugar / Blue Sugar
    creamer / powdered creamer
    coffee grinder
    coffee filters
    coffee
    dressing for salads
    ketchup,mustard,mayo,sauces (pkts)
    salt and pepper
    onion powder, garlic powder
    juices – grape, V-8, orange
    bottled water
    soda
    commuter cups (for water/soda)(for coffee)


    THINGS TO DO BEFORE DEPARTURE:

    get maps, books, from AAA
    clean out vehicle
    hold mail (must do at PO if more than 30 days)
    get neighbors to pick up weekly paper & flyers
    deal with pet
    get vehicle serviced
    call bank, file Travel Plan
    light on timer
    security company

    *************************************************

    (Mod Edit: There is a longer list of gear that many of us carry on road trips and that list can be viewed here. This link was originally a car camping gear list -- but as you will discover as you read through it, it has morphed into a general road tripping gear list)
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 11-11-2015 at 01:48 PM.

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    Default Updated gear lists!

    Donna,

    It's nice to have new thread started on the road tripping gear list. Several things are different from the one we started in April, 2007!

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    A couple more items...

    - National Park Pass
    - Passport (for any out-of-U.S.A. travel). Is it up-to-date (does not expire within 6 months of
    intended end of travel)?
    - Address book or emergency contact list (including credit card companies)
    - Prescriptions for any prescription meds you might need.
    - Photocopies of the above for placing in suitcases, etc. You'll want it. Likewise
    spare passport photos; you will need them if your passport has to be replaced.

    - Duct Tape (take a small roll and save on the weight/bulk, mini rolls are available in Michaels and elsewhere)
    - Hats (baseball cap & wide brim floppy "trail hat")
    - Flip Flops (cheap, disposable are always useful for public showers)
    - Bug Repellent
    - Zip lock bags
    - Clothes Pins and Parachute Cord
    - Mosquito Netting

    - Keyfob RFID Signal Blocking Bag (if you have one of those new fangled FOBs for cars--hide your FOB in the bag somewhere obscure in your car and remove the waterproof key and take it with you)

    - Multiple device charging station for your vehicle. I bought a Wagan (EL2886) Travel Charge Series USB 6.2 Amp Quad Power Cup for my recent road trip. This model had one cigarette lighter slot and 4 USB slots (2 faster charging and 2 slower). Worked like a charm. I probably wouldn't recharge my laptop with this model but it is fine for tablets/pads, cell phones, MP3 players, etc. It plugs into the vehicle's cigarette lighter. Worked like a charm!

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    For me add- eyedrops, hand sanitizer, chapstick.
    All valid choices of eyeglasses and sunglasses (I have several)
    earplugs

    Programmed scanner with notecard showing assignments.

    Toolbox, work gloves.
    Snow shovel (winter)
    Tire chains (winter)
    Wyoming Tuxedo (aka Wall insulated coveralls - winter)
    sleeping bag (emergency blanket function any time)
    Elbow pads (for resting driver elbows on console and window ledge as desired)
    coffee/water mug
    Last edited by noFanofCB; 11-12-2015 at 11:56 AM. Reason: add earplugs and more

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    Default A perfect example!

    Quote Originally Posted by landmariner View Post
    - Keyfob RFID Signal Blocking Bag (if you have one of those new fangled FOBs for cars--hide your FOB in the bag somewhere obscure in your car and remove the waterproof key and take it with you)
    Thanks for this tip. Perfect example of what I was referring to in the post above. In 2007, when we compiled the first list, no such hi-tech FOB existed.

    Automotive Tech Guy -- has a clip that provides some info about this...

    As most regulars here know, I always care 1-2 brand-new teddy bears somewhere in my road trip ride to give to people who might have been traumatized by a road side wreck.

    On the subject of block ice -- the way I handle that is to carry two more plastic containers with resealable lids (the cheap ones) and I refill them with cubed ice from motels each night -- or re-freeze the water if the in-room refrig works well enough. Two such containers keep my cooler cold all day.

    Thanks for the list!

    Mark

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    Hi All!

    It's nice to see a new thread about this. I was thinking about the differences between trips 10-15 years ago and now - technology has reduced the space needed for a lot of things, such as music and communications devices.

    On the other hand, the essentials are fairly similar. My more recent trips have been mixed mode - flights into places and then renting a car - so I've learned to have a list ready for things to pick up when I arrive. For example, a trip that I took over the summer around the Great Lakes involved stopping at a sporting goods store and picking up a low-cost tent and sleeping gear. At the end of the trip, I donated them to a charity drop box.

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    Default All that??

    I would not have half the things on that list..... but do have a lot of others. Always have a slab of small bottles of water. Box cereal, of course my plate bowl, mug, glass, cutlery, etc. are always in the van, as are my tiny frypan and small saucepan. Several milk bottles full of water in the sliding door-well are for dishes, washing and personal use - not drinking. Can only carry as much food as will fit in my fridge.

    Lifey

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    Default No more CB's

    Quote Originally Posted by Mass Tim View Post
    It's nice to see a new thread about this. I was thinking about the differences between trips 10-15 years ago and now - technology has reduced the space needed for a lot of things, such as music and communications devices.
    Howdy Tim, nice to see you on here!

    Yeah, one of the things I no longer carry is a hand-held CB radio. Times, indeed, have changed!

    Mark

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    Default Pacsafe.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    Automotive Tech Guy -- has a clip that provides some info about this...
    That is all built into my Pacsafe luggage, as well as the anti-theft features..

    As most regulars here know, I always care 1-2 brand-new teddy bears somewhere in my road trip ride to give to people who might have been traumatized by a road side wreck.
    Koalas work well too.

    Lifey

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    Well, we still have a CB radio and antenna on our pickup, and until the unit goes (or we get rid of the truck), it will stay there. We don't use it so much for communication, as for the NOAA weather channels that are available through it. Those have been mighty handy!

    The last trip, we did not bring our family radio set (we have a set of 4). At one point, it would have come in handy, but we "made do" with cell phones. The only problem with those is that you must dial. With a family radio, you don't have to dial, just press the button to call the other one/s.

    I used to have a checklist for RV'ing, too. For a long time, it was posted online in a (former) website called RV101.net. I have a paper copy somewhere, but the computer version didn't get saved before my previous laptop went south.


    Donna

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