If you’ve got plans to hit the road this summer it’s a good idea to make sure you’re prepared! In addition to maintenance, tire pressure, and fluid level checks, it’s a great idea to make sure you have the basic necessities in case of an emergency. It’s no fun to think of the worst happening, but it’s important to be prepared in case of emergency. These tips can apply year-round to keep you and your loved ones safe.

The American Red Cross has compiled a great list on their website on what to pack in addition to your tent, sandals, and sun glasses, and other ways to prepare for long drives this season. 

Disaster Kit

Everyone should carry a disaster kit in their trunk. Ideally, your disaster kit should include 

  • Food
  • Water
  • Flashlight(s)
  • hand-crank or battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries 
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Fully Stocked First Aid Kit
  • Phone charger (solar-powered in possible)
  • Emergency blanket

Ideally, you’ll want to have enough water for each person in your vehicle to consume 1 gallon daily (3-day supply). Food items should be non-perishable (canned or dried foods, granola bars; 3-day supply). When putting together your disaster kit, make sure to consider the individual needs of each member of your family (or whoever you’re driving with). Bring extra medication if necessary.


It might seem like overkill, but in a pinch you’ll be glad you prepared ahead of time. Always make sure people know your destination, and the rough timeline you hope to make. If you find yourself off-road or something else happens, help can be sent along where you said you’d be. 

Make sure to check ahead of time for adverse weather conditions to plan accordingly. Wildfires, heat waves, and smoke can easily curb summertime plans. Try to be patient and flexible with changing weather conditions. There is no shame in changing or canceling plans to stay safe. 


If you’re traveling with pets make sure that they’re safe and secure on the road too. Just like unbuckled people, unsecured pets can put you and other in the car at risks in the event of an accident The American Kennel Club has some great tips for keeping your furry friends safe.

For more tips on the road and off, check out Courtesy Auto’s Auto News and Tips!