Summertime is fast approaching. It’s time to grab your swimming trunks, pack up the picnic basket, and let the good times roll! But before you get too far ahead of yourself, it would be a good idea to give your checklist another glance over. Remember that for every electronic device that you will depend on during your summer vacation, you want to make sure that you have enough batteries. After all, you know how batteries work. You have a bunch of reserves stacked and stashed away at home, but the instant you need one when you’re stranded in the woods, you just can’t seem to find one anywhere. Thankfully, we’ve got this small list of battery facts and product suggestions that should help you out as you prepare for summer.   While summer vacations should be largely carefree and relaxing, it pays to be a little extra cautious before you leave home, if only to ensure that you have what you need when you’re out and about. Here is a look at the equipment you’ll want to be sure to have with you (and the batteries to power them) when you embark on your summer adventures.   Lighting   Having a battery operated light on hand is crucial, especially if you’re going on any sort of camping trip. A flashlight will be handy in the case of an emergency, or if you need to leave the tent late at night. They’re also handy when it comes time to eat s’mores and share ghost stories.   What kind of light will best suit your needs, though? A durable lantern, with high power lantern batteries, is probably your best bet. The Chrome Battery 6V 4.5AH lantern replacement battery is made out of lead calcium alloy, and not only will it never leak or spill, but it also has a longer shelf-life than any other battery on the market.   If you’re handy, or if you’re looking for a fun science experiment you can do with your kids over the summer, you may choose to make your own flashlight using a cardboard toilet paper roll, electrical tape, a low voltage light bulb, tin foil, and a couple of D-cell batteries. It’s a relatively simple and cheap process, so there’s definitely no harm in having the materials ready. Plus, your kids will have a better understanding of how batteries work!   Your Vehicle   If you are planning on camping, or going on any road-trips, there are a couple of things you absolutely want to have in place before you leave the driveway. First of all, make sure you have all of your auto insurance paperwork handy, just in case, heaven forbid, anything should happen to your vehicle while you’re on vacation (this is especially important for people who are vacationing in heavily forested areas where deer roam freely). Also, make sure that you have your Chrome Pro Series Rescue Jump Starters in the trunk, in case you should need to jumpstart the car.   A better safeguard still could be a new battery, like the Chrome Battery brand 12 V Sealed Lead Acid Battery. Remember also that you stress your car’s battery out by using your air conditioning and radio, so consider rolling the windows down to cool off when possible. It could also be worthwhile to look into purchasing a car audio battery.   Integrate these pointers into your checklist, and your summer vacation should go as smoothly as an application of sunscreen!