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What To Check & Pack Before A Long Driving Trip

Driving trips are so much fun. Especially when you have good music, great company, and your mind is at ease knowing your vehicle won’t break down. While road trips can be super rewarding for you, those miles can put a lot of stress on your vehicle.

Which is why you need to check your car to make it “road trip proof” before the long haul. Also, don’t forget to pack these goodies just in case of an emergency (& to make the trip more enjoyable)!

What To Check & Pack Before A Long Driving Trip

I have talked about road trip essentials in numerous posts but this article is designed to help you understand what to pack and check before a long driving trip. I will link my previous posts for your reference. They all share very important car knowledge, so go ahead and check them out! You can never know too much about your vehicle 🙂

What To Check Before A Long Driving Trip:

You really should take a good 30 minutes before any long road trip to go over your car and check it out. Wouldn’t you rather look over your vehicle now before you get out on the road and have to pull over? Here’s what you need to look at:

1. Fluids– you need to make sure all your fluids are topped off and working properly. Check for any fluid leaks, smell around your engine for any weird odors, and make sure the following are topped off. You can watch my video about car fluids here.

  • Brake Fluid
  • Washer Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Motor Oil
  • Coolant Fluid
  • Gas ( you’ll want a full tank before the trip!)

2. Tire Pressure– You want to make sure your tires are set to the correct PSI. If you do not know where to find the correct PSI number, check your owners manual. You can always fill your tires with air at a gas station.

3. Wiper Blades– Turn on your wiper blades and make sure they are working properly. You do not want any streaks or loose rubber from the blades. If so, go buy new ones before your trip.

4. Headlights & Blinkers– Have someone stand in front and behind your car to test your headlights, tail lights, and blinkers. Some states will pull you over if these lights are not working, so don’t risk it!

5. Check For Any Leaks– Look under your car for any leaks. You do not want anything leaking before you put more wear and tear on your vehicle. If you do not know what you are looking for, refer to my article on fluid leaks below.

6. Vibration– Drive your car around the block to check for any vibrations. Again, before adding a lot of miles to your vehicle, you really don’t want to deal with those vibrations half way through the trip. Check out the article below to diagnosis any vibrations.

7. Dashboard Warning Signs– Before heading out, notice any dashboard warning signs. Refer to the article below to understand what they are telling you and how serious the problem could be.

Helpful Articles:

Fluid Leaks

Car Smells

10 Car Parts You Should Know

Dashboard Warning Signs

Car Maintenance Print-Out Schedule

3 – In – 3 Minutes

How To Diagnosis A Vibrating Vehicle

How To Jump Your Car

What To Pack Before A Long Driving Trip:

You can refer to the articles below for a more detailed list of emergency items and other essentials you should take on the road. Just don’t forget these very important items listed below!

1. Owners Manual

2. Music

3. GPS / Map

4. Phone Charger

5. Extra Cash

6. Motor Oil

7. Washer Fluid

8. Tire Gauge

9. Jack

10. Spare Tire

Helpful Articles:

23 Road Trip Stuff

How To Create The Best Emergency Kit

How To Change A Tire


So there you have it! You now know what to pack and check before a road trip. Understanding your vehicle is important, especially when you will be on the road for long distances. Know your car and always be prepared! Enjoy the trip. 🙂

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