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11 Essentials To Have In Your Car On A Road Trip

11 Essentials To Have In Your Car On A Road Trip

Embarking on a road trip is one of the most freeing things ever. Hundreds or thousands of miles, it is good for the soul to just get away from your own routine. Whether you are going alone, with friends, or with family, there are certain things that you should not leave without. This is just a small list of the basic essentials that will help you in most of the common situations encountered when out on the road for an extended period of time.

Not only will these things be useful to you if you are stuck in a less than ideal situation, these items will allow you to aid another motorist if they are in distress with their vehicle.

1. First Aid Kit

Generally inexpensive, a good first aid kit should be kept handy in your vehicle just in case of an emergency. Included in this kit should be the materials needed to patch up a wound, cover a burn, or create a sling in the event that it is needed. Having a first aid kit on a road trip can be a lifesaver, and preparedness is the key to surviving an emergency. Many motorists never get one, and this is a huge mistake.

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2. Fire Extinguisher

Ideally, your fire extinguisher would be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the NFPA. This would ensure that the extinguisher could eliminate fires involving both flammable liquids and electrical equipment—both of which are present when encountering a fire within a vehicle.

3. Reflective Warning Triangles

Many times, these triangles come in prepackaged emergency kits, but it is advised to have at least 3 in your vehicle. You should position them approximately 50 feet apart to warn oncoming traffic when you have become immobilized for any number of reasons.

4. Foam Tire Sealant

This is an inexpensive way to repair a flat tire without having to replace the whole tire. Its most useful when you get a flat tire while in some remote location. It may save you from an emergency trip to an auto shop till you are able to take the time to find the best place to have it repaired further if needed.

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5. Tow Strap

This would be useful to you or another stranded motorist. The strap should have enough strength to tow 6,000 pounds.

6. A Gallon of Water

Because water can serve so many purposes, it is one of the main essentials to have in your car at all times. Water can take the place of a coolant in a pinch, it can be used in the windshield wiper tank, and it can be consumed if you become stranded in a barren place. More than one gallon would be great, as the minimum should be a single gallon.

7. Tire Gauge

Not just for the tires that are being used, but motorists should be periodically checking the air pressure in their spare to ensure that it is properly inflated. It would be awful to realize that you have a flat tire, but your spare is flat as well.

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8. Multipurpose Tool

A multipurpose tool will be able to act as a screwdriver, scissors, files, and many other things. A few companies that makes these are Leatherman and Swiss Army Knives.

9. Jumper Cables

These are a necessity just in case your battery dies, or they can be used if you encounter someone in need. The jumper cables should be at minimum 10 feet long and should be coated with no less than 8 gauge rubber.

10. Flashlight and Extra Batteries

A waterproof flashlight would be ideal, and you should keep a few extra sets of batteries to go with it as well.

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11. Nonperishable Snacks

These are snacks like dried fruits, nuts, granola, crackers, meat sticks (like Slim Jims), and cookies. Not only will these save money, so that you will not have to stop every so often for food, but they will be handy just in case you have an emergency that renders the vehicle immobile.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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