Before you go Checklists
Here some useful general checklists (children might like to make their own list).
- Water the plants
- Ask a neighbour to feed, water and walk your stay-at-home pet
- Ask a neighbour to collect your mail
- Put away food and dishes
- Hang up wet items - towels and washers
- Turn off all taps
- Unplug electric appliances
- Lock the doors and windows
In the Car Checklist
- The Travelmate.com.au list of car games, pencils, clipboard, blank paper or pad, and print-out games
- Games things - walkman, tapes or CDs, hand-held games, soft cuddly toys
- Plenty of healthy snacks and treats
- Surprise presents and toys
- Plastic bags
- Small pillow
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Bottle of water
- Toilet stop items - toilet paper and trowel
- Jumpers or coats
- Ball or frisbee
- Water container for travelling pet
- Any medication that is routinely taken
Before you start your trip, check your vehicle's manufacturers handbook for the correct tyre inflation pressures and check the tyre pressure (including the spare) when the tyres are cold. Correct tyre inflation
- extends the life of your tyres and saves you money
- improves your car's performance and saves fuel
- reduces the chance of having an accident
In addition, check for bulges or cuts in the tyre wall which could lead to a blow-out at speed. If in doubt, get your tyres checked by a tyre specialist.
If towing, increase the recommended pressure by around 2psi.
Before leaving on a road trip, ensure your vehicle is in top condition by following these simple hints.
- Check oil and coolant levels when the engine is cool.
- Check your windscreen wipers are working, the wiper blades are in good condition and fill the washer bottle with the recommended ratio of water and washer bottle detergent.
- Check all lights on the vehicle are working correctly. Also check the lights on your trailer or caravan if towing.
- Ensure the car jack and wheel nut spanner are packed in the car.
- Check the vehicle toolbox and and take a torch, mat and jumper leads.
If in doubt, get your car serviced by a qualified motor mechanic. It could save you from a breakdown on your trip.
Thanks to the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority for these tips on fighting driver fatigue:
1. Begin your trip well rested.
2. Start your trip after 7:00 am.
3. Plan to stop for at least 15 minutes every two hours to take a break from driving.
4. Plan when you will take longer meal breaks.
5. Plan to complete most of the trip during daylight hours.
6. Be sure to book overnight accommodation on a long trip to break the journey.
7. If possible, share the driving.
A commercial travel first aid kit is a worthy investment. If you don't have one, then try to pack these items:
a large bandage
a small bottle of sterilising agent
insect sting ointment
a needle for the removal of splinters
You can download a copy of basic CPR techniques for resuscitation
here. Print one now and read it before you leave on your trip.
A travel blanket in the boot is useful for picnics, but can also be useful for accident victims. A small fire extinguisher is also handy.
When all else fails use a mobile phone if you have one to ring the emergency services on 000. This number is used Australia-wide.