It may feel like summer is coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to pack up your vehicle and hit the open road for an end-of-summer road trip! When you start packing for your road trip, there are a few items that will immediately come to mind, like an endless supply of snacks and a high-quality playlist. However, it’s also important to be prepared in case of an emergency. In this two-part series, we will discuss both items to ensure you have a good time, as well as the items you will need so that you are prepared for almost every situation while you’re on the road.

There are so many things you would rather be doing during the summer than spending time at the MVD, which is why MVD Express makes it easier than ever to get in, get out, and get back on the road! If you’re planning to go on a road trip at some point this summer, then MVD Express is here to provide you with all of the motor vehicle services you need to ensure that your trip is safe and fun! Find out what we offer at our MVD Express location in Billings, and stop by to receive the fast, friendly motor vehicle services you deserve.

Car Cell Phone Chargers

Most of the batteries for the latest cell phones are designed to be long-lasting, allowing you to use your phone longer between charges. For this reason, you may feel like packing a car charger is unnecessary. However, if you’re going to be using your phone to play music or keep you entertained while you’re on the road, it could drain your battery quicker. While this may not be an issue if you plan to charge your phone as soon as you get to your destination, it could be a different story if a problem occurs and you somehow find yourself trapped on the road with a dead cell phone. For this reason, it’s always wise to have a cell phone charger in your car, and to make sure that at least one person in your vehicle has a fully charged phone at all times.

First-Aid Kit

It’s a good idea to keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle at all times, even if you aren’t going on a long road trip. You never know when something might happen and you or one of your passengers may need first-aid. Make sure you have a kit somewhere in your vehicle and that it is stocked with all of the essentials — bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, scissors, and tape to name a few. If you use your first-aid kit at any point, make sure you restock it as soon as you get home. In addition to the essentials, you may also want to pack some specific items like an emergency blanket or some pain killers. You can find pre-made first-aid kits at any convenience store, or you can create a custom kit filled with any specific items you think you will need.

A Set of Tools

Packing a full set of tools may seem a little over-the-top for a standard road trip, but you never know when they might come in handy! We’re not suggesting that you pack an elaborate box of tools — it’s doubtful you will need a saw or a drill while you’re on the road — but carrying a few different sized screwdrivers, some Allen wrenches, and maybe a small socket wrench isn’t a bad idea. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have all of the necessary items you need to change a tire. Some vehicles come equipped with these tools, so check to see if you already have them stowed away before you go out and buy more.

Start Your Trip With MVD Express

Making the most of your summer make take priority over renewing your license or your vehicle registration, but failing to take care of these necessary tasks may cause you more trouble in the long run. Luckily, at MVD Express, we make it easy to take care of the more tedious requirements before you hit the road for an amazing vacation. Find out how MVD Express makes your life easier with our extensive motor vehicle services, and stop by our location in Billings today.

We look forward to seeing you!