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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Must-Have Travel Items: Part 1

There are some items you should never be without when you travel. Some will help you avoid unnecessary inconvenience; others could actually save your life. Here’s a list of some of the most important.

Cell phone
These days, there is little excuse for being on the road with no cell phone. If you don’t have one, you really should get one. If you never use cell phones, and you’re concerned about the cost and standard two-year contract, some phones are available on a prepay, no-contract basis—just right for emergency use only.

Emergency service card
Whether it’s AAA, AutoClub, or your insurance company, it’s important to be able to summon roadside assistance when you need it. If you don’t have a number you can call when you’re having vehicle trouble, take a few minutes to check out your options and then pick one.

Jumper cables
Even if you have an emergency service card, there’s no guarantee how long it’ll take for help to arrive. And if you’re simply stuck in town with a flat battery, all you need is to call a friend or let some on-the-spot good Samaritan lend a hand—but make sure you’ve got the cables yourself, since not everyone does.

There’s more to come on this list. But for all the info you’ll need to be safe on the road, remember to check out a good defensive driving class.


Anonymous said...

You may not always need an AAA card. Check for similar services with: 1) your credit card, or 2) your automobile warranty. Some automobile manufactures provide road-side assistance for the first 100,000 miles.

9:46 PM


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