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Thursday, October 28, 2010


Travel editor Serena Brower is back today with more don’t-leave-home-without-them essentials to keep in your car at all times. -- AP

Thanks, Anastasia! These six essentials are in addition to the 10 listed last week.

1. A GPS or smart phone and charger. If you can inch toward an exit, you need to know how to get to your destination via a detour. You can’t study a map as you drive, but you can listen to the sultry tones of the Garmin gal as she directs you around that interstate mess. GPS devices have dropped drastically in price. Trust me, they’re worth every penny, and you’ll soon agree the first time you use one.

2. Water. Never go anywhere without a bottle of water in the car. You don’t want to risk dehydration. That traffic jam you’re sitting in might not have any shade.

3. Snacks. Always have a box of crackers or pretzels handy. If you’re stuck for hours and can’t detour off the main road, you’re going to get hungry.

4. Pre-moistened wipes. They’ll clean your hands and keep you cool inside a hot car. After all, if you’re stuck for any length of time, you’re going to want to turn your engine off to conserve gas and won’t be able to run your AC. Wipes also come in handy when you make pit stops and find the restroom is out of soap.

5. A book. I was once stuck behind a serious accident for 3 hours. I could see my exit about a mile up the road but had no way of getting to it. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring a book. Believe me, those were a very long 3 hours.

6. A first-aid kit. With aspirin. You’re going to need it for the headache you’re sure to get while you wait and wait and wait and wait…

Thanks, Serena. I’m off to add these items to my trunk. What about the rest of you? Ever get stuck for hours? How did you deal with it. Let's hear from you. Post a comment to be entered in this week's drawing for a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP

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