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Every time my friend and I go on a trip in her car, we need something and don't have it. So today, I made a kit for all the stuff we have needed. It doesn't have everything, but it does have the things we have needed over the last few trips. In ours there is:

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  • 2 snack bars
  • toothbrush and paste
  • hair clips
  • folding brush
  • nail clippers
  • Ice Breaker breath mints
  • Tums
  • pain relievers
  • "tummy" meds
  • eye drops
  • tissues
  • bandages
  • sewing kit/safety pins
  • scissors
  • tape, pens, and highlighter
  • paperclips
  • note pad
  • $10.00 in quarters for parking, gas, etc.
Yours can hold what you need.

Source: Just needed something and custom made it.

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I know in larger cities, businesses are almost always open. But for those of us in rural areas, shopping in an emergency can be tough.

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I am often driving into the late afternoon sun, and since I am short, the sun visor is not much help. Now I keep a hat with a floppy brim in the car so I can just pull the brim down on my face where I need it.

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I just returned from visiting my mom in Arizona, the same day the story hit the news about the 76 year old diabetic man who survived 10 days in Nevada when he and his friend got stuck. His friend wasn't so lucky when he tried to walk for help.

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Susan Sanders-Kinzel
May 15, 2001

I like to travel, but try to travel light. Quite often when I am traveling by car I have a destination in mind and there is not a lot of time to stop and set up camp along the way. These tips are good for day trips and long distance.

Road Trip Travel Tips

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July 25, 2006

Keeping Your Place on the Map Tip. When you're navigating on a journey, instead of trying to keep your finger on your place on the map - use a piece of blu tack instead. . .

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We researched which Costco stores on I-5 sell gas and planned to fill up there whenever possible. We also were able to stop and get an inexpensive lunch of hot dogs or pizza while we were there. It saved us time and money.

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March 15, 2007

A lot of people pay for roadside assistance but don't have the numbers handy. Check to make sure you have numbers to call in your wallet or purse and program them into your cell phone.

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The day before we go on a road trip or just out and about, I freeze several plastic bottles of water, juice, and tea.

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March 18, 2005

When traveling long hours on the road it is usually necessary to use Rest Stop Bathrooms. The following items will assist you well in having a cleaner, more pleasant experience on your stop. Carry the following in a small tote or toiletry bag:

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August 18, 2020

No need to buy a road map from the gas station convenience store. Go to the website for the Department of Transportation for your State. Request a free state road map and it will be mailed to you. You will receive the map very quickly in the mail. I live in Michigan and this was my experience to receive the map. Or, if you are a AAA member, you can request maps as well, free of charge.

A free state road map from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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