Essential items needed for a road trip

Make sure that you check and pack these items before hitting the road

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Just as one needs to prepare your vehicle accordingly ahead of an upcoming holiday or road trip, it is important to carefully plan what needs to be packed for a road trip.


Your packing list for a road trip should also include a number of vehicle related items such as:


  • Ensure that you have your drivers licence with you.

Any passengers who have a drivers licence should also carry them in case they need to assist with the driving at any stage of the journey.

  • Have your vehicle insurance documents with you or keep a copy on your phone.
  • Make sure that the vehicles owner’s manual and service booklet are in the car, you never know when you might need to refer to them.
  • It is a good idea to take the spare keys along.

Ask one of the passengers to keep these in a safe place in case the primary key is lost, becomes faulty or the batteries go flat while you are on holiday.

  • If you subscribe to a roadside assistance service or your vehicle came with a roadside assistance plan, make sure that you have the contact numbers and membership number handy.
  • It is a good idea to pack a few emergency items such as a cell phone charger, flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables, water and a multi tool.


Before departing it is important to carry out a few simple checks to ensure that your vehicle is in good working order as well:


  • Ensure that all the fluids including coolant, engine oil and window washer fluid are at the optimum level according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Make sure that your vehicle has been serviced if it is due for a service.

Book a service at a trusted Motus dealer.

  • Check the condition of your tyres and ensure that they are inflated to the manufacturers prescribed laden pressures.
  • Ensure that the vehicles toolkit, jack, and spare wheel are present and in a good condition.
  • Check that all of the vehicle’s lights are in a working condition.
  • Make sure that your wipers are in a working condition and that the blades are not hard or cracked.
  • Ensure that your vehicles licence disc is valid and affixed to the windscreen.