It may be the New Year and a lot of people are thinking well ahead into spring, but hold on a second. We’re still smack dab in the middle of winter and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it could possibly stick around longer than expected; I’m just saying. Believe me, there’s nothing more I want than to get these winter doldrums out of the way and move on to sunny skies and flip-flops. Until then though, there are many things to consider when taking on new travel nursing jobs during the remainder of these winter months.
I recently came across a forum post over at HealthcareTravelbook.com about, “Things to do IN the car…” and at first glance I thought it would be about how to pass the time away when traveling great distances with children and whatnot. It was not, instead it was about what to do when you’re literally stuck in a car for hours, trapped on the road due to traffic/accidents/roadblocks or anything else out of our control. This traveler was stuck in her car for nearly 6.5 hours!!! That could seem like an eternity without some sort of entertainment, let alone some essentials for survival. Here’s an excerpt from her post, “Thank goodness I had an Ipod that I found out I could play a card game on and I happened to have a magazine in the car to read but otherwise….What do you do in a situation like that?? I also had two dogs in the car….which thankfully I had a gallon of water for all of us…But maybe we should all pack a “survival kit” for the car to keep as we travel….Any ideas??”
After reading this post, I felt it necessary to provide some useful tips on what exactly you can do to prepare yourself and your car for this or similar situations. Hopefully none of us will ever have to resort to these tactics and practices, but you just never know. Obviously before traveling any great distance in your car you’ll want to have it inspected by a professional mechanic and make sure everything on the car is tip-top. Next, you’ll want to equip your car with a “survival kit” that will help keep you warm and nourished if ever you were in a dire situation. Check out the blog, The Corporate Barbarian for his extensive list for an automobile survival kit. His list is pretty vast, and it seems he’s packed and ready for just about anything besides a nuclear attack.
There are many items to consider and as always, it’s better to be safe than sorry! There are definitely some things you should strongly consider to have at your disposal should any road emergency arise. Always make sure your spare tire is fully inflated and there’s a tire iron, a car jack, and so on. Using common sense when traveling will take you far, but there may be some things you would never think to have available when you’re stuck. So before traveling near or far, always make sure your car is equipped for travel. I hate to put it this way, but it could be the difference between life or death. If you have any other tips you’d like to share regarding traveling by car, please share them in our comment section, especially anything about what to do about your bladder. That too is an all important topic!