Planning on taking the old reliable car or truck or van or SUV on a long trip for summer vacation this year? Nixing the exorbitant and unreasonable costs and the pawing of TSA agents in favor of driving yourself to your summer vacation destination? Then you are probably also already making your checklist of snack foods and drinks to take along the way so you don’t also have to shell out for the inflated prices of snack foods at convenience stores. Well, while you are making that checklist of snacks and drinks, you might also want to consider how the food you take with you in the car on a summer vacation drive can serve double duty as automobile travel supplies. Some snacks just may be the thing you need to get your stalled car moving again.
Even if you are one of those dedicated water drinkers who puts the benefits of hydration above taste, you should at least pack one container of cola. Should you discover the negative impact of corroded battery terminals much later on your summer vacation car trip than you will have wanted, the acids that make up the ingredients in most colas will work quickly and well enough to get the battery working again without putting too much elbow grease into the mix. You might hear that only Coke is the only cola capable of cleaning battery corrosion , but that’s just a myth partially perpetrated by the benefits of brand name recognition.
One of the few things worse than finding that your car won’t start because the battery is overrun with corrosion while using it for transporting you to your summer vacation destination is finding out that your radiator is leaking water. Which is just another reason to remember to pack a small container of black pepper in your snack supply. Not only does black pepper make pretty much any non-dessert snack food taste better, you can pour it right into the radiator where it will sink to the bottom and clog up a leak at least long enough to get you to a mechanic.
Chewing gum is a terrific little item to pack into your bag of snacks when you take the car for a long drive to your summer vacation destination. For one thing, with a pack of chewing gum always on hand, you can bring along anybody’s favorite snack food regardless of the potential for bad breath. For another, should your summer vacation drive take you over some rough territory that manages to put a small hole in your gas tank, chewing gum will work as a effective short-term patch.