Even a minor breakdown can take the fun out of a road trip. Finding yourself stranded without anything available to do a minor repair or patch job is even more frustrating. It is impossible to bring along enough items to plan for any potential car problem. However, with a little planning, you can have a travel auto repair kit that will help you get through many common issues.
Include a list of emergency phone numbers.
Because of the flurry of effort involved in packing and preparing to leave on a long trip, it is easy to forget important phone numbers. Even if you have them programmed into your cell phone, you are at the mercy of the ability of the phone to function. A low battery, phone failure, or damage to the unit can all result in these numbers being unavailable to you when you need them most. A piece of paper with these emergency numbers recorded on it might prove invaluable when a problem strikes.
You need a can of product to air up a flat tire and seal the leak.
Flat tires are one of the most-common car travel issues. If you happen to be next door to the tire shop, it is not a big deal. For all of the other times, having a can of product that will air up the tire and give a temporary flat a fix can be a life saver.
Throw in a variety of screwdrivers.
You will need screwdrivers that vary in length and size. This will give you the flexibility to get more turning power when you need it. It will also provide a length that is appropriate for the amount of room that you have to work in. By including some of each type of screwdriver tip, you should be equipped to deal with most situations.
Provide several types of pliers.
Like screwdrivers, pliers come in different styles and sizes. You need some needle-nosed pliers, a pair of standard pliers, and a pair of locking pliers. It might be a good idea to have a pair or two that can clip a wire if you need it. A small pair of pliers that have a channel lock may also be helpful.
Stock at least one each of every type of fuse your car has.
In today’s vehicles, it is hard to cheat on fuses like it was a few years ago. You really need the fuse that is supposed to go into the slot where one has blown. Fuse kits are available that will help you to stock up on the most popular sizes in use today.
Never leave home without a roll of good-quality duct tape.
Duct tape was invented to fix vehicles in war zones. It can seal off a leaky hose. You can turn it into a piece of rope that can adhere to a surface. Most of it is powerful enough to tape a part back onto the car for a short time if needed.
You need some type of emergency markers.
These can be flares or reflective signs. If you get stuck on the side of a road with narrow shoulders, you need some way to alert other drivers that you are not moving and need help. This is probably more true after dark, but these markers can mean the difference between life and death in some locations.
Keep some wire, rope, and fasteners.
You never know when you will need some way to piece something back together. Anything that you have to make this easier is a blessing in an emergency. A few feet of rope or wire can give you what you need to bind a part back to your motor. While this will not last long, it might get you a mile or two down the road to where a real fix can be completed.
Stash some cash in the kit.
This is not the place to store your life savings. Keeping $20 or $30 in this kit will come in handy if you get stuck some place that will not take a check, credit card, or debit card. Every place takes cash. This can also be a little emergency cash when other situations arise.
Put in some type of light that does not require batteries.
Flashlights that you can charge by shaking make a great addition to this travel auto repair kit. Some matches or a butane lighter may also be used. A light can be used to help see in the dark when you are making repairs. It can also assist in signalling for help. The light can be used to light up the path if you have to walk somewhere to get help.