Jack’s on the Road Again- Your Complete Owner's Manual To Anything Automotive: How to Make Sure Your Car is Ready for a Summer Road Trip

Summer is the best season for traveling- kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and the roads are clear of snow and other seasonal hazards. However, car problems can occur at any point, so it is best to stay safe. Avoid unexpected issues by using this checklist to make sure your car is ready for traveling this summer:

Check for car problems.

Head to your local automotive shop for a diagnostic test. This tool can check for various issues in your car like its engine and transmission, and many places will even do it for free! It only takes a few minutes.

Important parts to have checked before hitting the road include but are not limited to:

  1. Tires
  2. Brakes
  3. Battery
  4. Fluids
  5. Lights
  6. Wipers
  7. Air conditioning


Items you should have in your car on a road trip:


It is best to stay prepared just in case something goes wrong on your travels. Being far away from home can turn a car problem from an inconvenience to a major difficulty. Here are some things to pack for emergencies and for your own convenience.

  1. Roadside emergency kit. ICE, jumper cables, a reflective warning triangle, and a first aid kit are good to have in the car, especially while traveling.
  2. License & insurance. For if you get pulled over or in an accident.
  3. Cash. Because many places still do not take cards.
  4. Map. Just in case the phones go dead or reception is lost.
  5. Sunglasses. It can be a pain to forget these, but it happens all the time!
  6. Backpack. Going on a hike during your trip? Don’t forget to bring something to carry everything!
  7. Hand sanitizer. COVID vaccinated or not, sometimes you just need some hand sanitizer.
  8. Phone charger. We all have forgotten this before, so here is your reminder!
  9. Listening material. Find a good podcast or make yourself a playlist to listen to while driving.
  10. Walking shoes. Whether you plan to be walking a lot or not, it is the practical and cheaper option to just bring some comfy walking shoes.
  11. Earplugs. One thing about traveling: you’re never alone, even when you’re trying to get some sleep. Being these for your own sanity.
  12. Snacks & water. ICE and because it can be a pain to stop for food, especially when there’s nothing around.
  13. Layers. Expect unexpected weather! Not saying that you should bring your snowsuit to San Diego, but pack some easy layers in case it gets chilly.
  14. Towels. Because you never know who’s going to spill all over the car. Also, we all know that most hotel towels are fit for toddlers.


With this checklist, you should be prepared for anything on your summer road trip. Safe travels and happy driving!