Road trips are an exciting way to spend some time with your friends and family as well as to explore new locations. Driving your car on highways with beautiful and picturesque views on either side is quite an experience. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind to avoid getting stuck in any inconvenience situation. Just like you take care of yourself and your family it is essential to take care of and look after your automobile. Here we will give you some tips that you should keep in mind when taking your vehicle on a road trip.
- Keep extra tyres: you may have to encounter a flat tire due to several reasons. These emergencies never come announced and therefore it is always a good idea to keep an extra set of tires with you. Getting stranded in the middle of the road with no auto repair shop anywhere nearby is a situation that we all want to avoid. If the problem is as simple as a flat tire you can get yourself out of this dicey situation by carrying a set of extra tires. You and your friends can work together to replace the flat. This way you don’t have to push your vehicle to an auto repair shop and you can take care of the car yourself. Make sure you also have all the necessary pieces of equipment required to change tyres. Any good mechanic shop near you will tell you the importance of carrying an extra pair of tyres.
- Carry maps: road trips are all about exploring new places and discovering new regions. Therefore, it is extremely important to always carry a roadmap with you. Do not depend on passer-by as they may be wrong or you may not find anyone nearby to ask for directions. Always keep a hard copy of the roadmap with you. This can help you to get to an area where there are some people or hotels to rest for the night.
- Rent a car: if you do not have your own car to take on the road trip or if you cannot depend on your vehicle then it is best to hire a car from a trustworthy agency. Make sure you hire a car from a reliable and dependable agency. You may also hire car service from your friends if you trust them. No matter where you get the automobile from, make sure it is in good condition.
- An additional fuel: if you are on a road trip you would have to travel miles and miles so it is better to have an extra fuel for the car. This point possesses a separate article to be discussed but here you can go through with some importance of taking extra oil. Sometimes you have to drive on road with minimal oil stations on the way so don’t get yourself stuck on unusual areas. Also make sure you don’t keep the oil or gas inside the car. You can carry a safe container and put it in back of the car so it wont give any smell or unusual accident.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
Winter Camping Tips for Staying Warm
You’re either a person that loves camping, or you’re not. A good way to tell you’re an avid outdoors fanatic is whether you’re up for a camping trip in the dead of winter. This is a surefire sign that you’re a die-hard fan.
There’s no other way to put it, winter camping is cold. It comes with the territory, but it doesn’t have to be unpleasant and miserable.
Whether you’re new to camping, or a seasoned pro, here are a few tips to help you keep toasty while enjoying the great outdoors this winter.
You probably wear a few layers around the house during winter, so it’s important to do the same when camping. In fact, it’s even more important because you don’t have the same type of insulation around you.
In short, you need to dress to impress when you’re camping in the cold. This includes a base layer, mid-layer, and a thick, winter-friendly puffer or shell jacket over the top.
Opt for moisture-wicking base layer materials, such as wool, bamboo, polyester, or nylon. Don’t forget to protect your head with a hat, gloves, and hiking boots suited to the snow.
It’s tempting to avoid changing out of your clothes at the end of the day, especially if you’ve tackled a few hiking trails. But sweat is the enemy when you’re out in the cold.
When you’re getting ready to settle for the evening, make sure to change out of sweaty base layer clothing and get into something dry and warm.
The same type of layering applies when you hit the hay- a base layer, mid layer, and puffer jacket over the top. Take it from the experts at Gear Assistant, this is the best way to get a solid night’s sleep.
If you’re new to winter camping, it’s worth investing in a double-pad sleeping bag, as well as a camping mattress. Essentially, your mattress keeps you off the ground and adds a layer between you and the cold ground.
A two-pad sleeping bag offers thermal resistance (look for a high R-value), as well as a reflective fabric that deflects the cold. These two-pad combination sleeping bags are the only winter-grade option to go for!
We get it, it sounds counter-productive to let air into your tent when you’re camping in the snow. But trust us, it’s super important for a warm night’s sleep.
This is because your warm breath releases CO2 vapor into your tent. This vapor eventually becomes water droplets that accumulate on the inside of the tent, which will then freeze. The result is ice on the inside of your tent, i.e. you’ll be sleeping inside an igloo!
Open up one or two vents to allow for good airflow and avoid freezing overnight.
Winter camping has the potential to be a beautiful, rewarding, and fun experience — but only if you’re equipped with the right kit and know-how. We hope this blog helps you to prepare! If you’re a big fan of sports and the great outdoors, don’t miss the rest of this site for your fix of sports news, updates, and more.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]