Road Trip Survival: How to Survive Cross Country Road Trips is a guide book that teaches you how to survive a cross-country road trip. It’s not as easy as it may sound. You will have to be resourceful, mentally strong and physically capable to survive the rigors of a road trip. The author Jack Canfield says “There are no stupid people on road trips.” The idea is that if you follow his formula for road trip survival you will have a great time and have done the most good for yourself.
There are a number of survival skills that you will need for a long road trip. Road Trip Survival provides an outline of what you should do not do on your road trip. If you follow the advice in this guidebook, you can have a safe and enjoyable journey. One of the things that you should avoid doing is to eat and drink straight from the gas tank. This may sound obvious, but I still see people doing this on a daily basis.
You will need to bring food and water with you so make sure that you pack well. I would suggest that you buy a can or two from your local grocery store and fill up with water. Do not take unnecessary snacks with you, as these can spoil very quickly. You will also need to have some form of identification such as a driver’s license or a passport.
Bring some sort of first aid kit and this should contain items such as bandages, anti-bacterial ointments, scissors, painkillers, aspirin tablets and gauze. It is also a good idea to include duct tape and a needle as well as instructions on how to use them. In order to have a good supply of these medicines, you can refill them from your local pharmacy. Another way to stock up on them is to fill up your car with the same supplies and take them with you. This will save you money and is also good for those who are travelling at short notice.
A good road trip survival kit does not have to be very heavy or difficult to carry. It should be light enough to carry with you and contain everything you might need. It should include food, water, a jacket, sleeping bags or sleeping pads, utensils, a flashlight, a raincoat, fire starting material, and other miscellaneous items. Other things that you could include are folding steps, a GPS, a compass, a cell phone, a whistle, a raincoat and sun cream for when it gets dark. Remember to make a list of the various items you will need before you shop so that you don’t forget anything important.
Water is something that many people forget about until they are stranded and unable to find a suitable water source. There are several ways to purify water on a long trek. First of all, try and get hold of a water bottle with a spill guard at the bottom so that nothing gets into the bottle. If this fails, you can buy a simple drinking bottle at your local store.
If you do not have a stove in your kit, you will need to improvise a way to heat food. Consider using a campfire. If you want, you could boil some water in a basin and use it to cook your food. Another option is to make a simple fire using dry wood. Just make sure that all wood is fresh.
In order to stay alive in an emergency, you will need to have a decent first aid kit. You can get one small enough to carry with you on your back. However, you will probably need two separate back up kits so that you can treat yourself in the event of different emergencies.