It’s summertime and that means road trips
! Whether it’s with family or friends, road trips
are usually lots of fun. Many people are choosing to take road trips instead of air travel in wake of the current pandemic. Road trips can be more cost-efficient and tailored to your timeline and desired stops. However, they do require some pre-planning and making sure you’ve packed everything is a top priority. These things help your trip run smoother and hopefully make your trip more relaxing and fun.
1. First Aid/Medicine
Depending on the length of your road trip, you may need to bring certain medications, like prescriptions. For every road trip
, I would recommend having a few band-aids, cream for bug bites, aloe for sunburns, hand sanitizer, first aid or athletic tape, lotion, and any other cleaning/antibacterial tools you think necessary. If you suffer from allergies, I would recommend allergy medicine as well. Preventive products like sunscreen and bug spray may also come in handy. The healthier you are, the happier you will be!
2. Water and Snacks
Moodiness caused by hunger and dehydration is no joke. Bring a small cooler with water bottles, so you can have cool water throughout your drive. Pack snacks for the car, so you won’t have to find a place to stop to buy food every couple hours. I recommend packing snacks like trail mix, applesauce pouches, dried fruit, and protein bars or crackers. Single serve bags of cookies and snack crackers are also easily portable, but for longer trips make sure to have a variety of options, so you’re not stuck with the same stuff.
3. Layers of Clothing
No matter how hot it is outside, I’m always cold in the car during road trips. I recommend layering a short-sleeved top/t-shirt and some sort of sweatshirt for the car. Check the weather in your destination and make sure to bring appropriate layers. This also goes for shoes. Wear and bring proper footwear for specialized activities.
4. Your Tech Accessories
Camera? Chargers? Headphones? Passengers should make sure they have their own headphones and chargers to keep their devices charged and their audio to themselves. Make sure you bring the correct chargers and adapters as well as any specialized camera equipment to get the perfect shots of your trip
5. Back-up Navigation
Sometimes navigation apps crash or don’t have all the information. Bringing another GPS device or having another phone/app can be helpful incase on device doesn’t work. You can even bring a highway map if technology isn’t your thing.
6. Trivia/Car Games
On a road trip, you’re going to be stuck in a car with the same people for a long time. One of the best things you can do is bond with them. Prepare some car games/questions like would you rather question, popular trivia, or basic get to know you questions. Even if you know the people you’re traveling with really well, these are great games to play to keep the mood up.
7. Download Entertainment
Remember to download any music, movies, audiobooks, or e-books you want to read, watch, or listen to. You won’t want to be using up all your cellular data on your trip, but it’s good to have some entertainment on hand.
8. Extra Cash
Road trips come with some extra expenses such as food, tolls, and gas. Make sure you have some cash on hand to pay for these things, so your trip runs smoothly. It’s best to not have to worry about scraping together loose change from between car seats for the next toll and instead have a little extra cash as a cushion for these expenses.