Instead flying around for your next hitting off travel bucket list, why don’t you heading off a road trip? Going off on a road trip unprepared just another ingredient for disaster. Here are five essentials that you should brought along on your road trip.
[ SNACK AND FOOD ]
Pack healthy snacks for the trip, like fruit, pretzels, granola bars, crackers and nuts, along with a few fun treats. Take sandwiches if you know you’ll be driving for a long stretch in an area with limited dining options or simply to avoid the temptation of fast food. You could also pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at a roadside park.
A soft-sided cooler packed with water bottles and a few soft drinks will come in handy throughout your trip, and it won’t take up too much space in your car. Simply refill with ice and drinks at your hotel or destination, and you’re good for the return trip.
[ FAVOURITE PLAYLIST ]
Don’t forget to take your favourite tunes along for the ride. An iPod/USB playlist or CD collection works wonders in making the trip more enjoyable, especially if you’re travelling through an area where radio signals might be sketchy. Be sure to carry along a mix of tunes that cover every mood, from upbeat to introspective, to make the most of your trip.
[ TRAVEL AND FIRST AID KIT ]
Sunglasses are also a road trip must. Don’t forget to apply and reapply sunscreen during your trip to prevent sunburn. If you have a smartphone, you’ll find a smorgasbord of travel applications at your fingertips. You’ll have efficient GPS access, as well as apps that help you find everything from great places to eat and clean hotels to parks and other points of interests. Don’t forget some games to warding off boredom. Friendly competition doesn’t hurt.
Make sure your car is stocked with some easy-to-reach toiletries, such as tissues, paper towels, cleaning wipes, hand sanitiser and a roll of toilet paper, in case the rest stop isn’t well-stocked. Include basic first aid kit with a few essentials, such as antiseptic and band-aids for minor cuts, cortisone cream for insect bites, and bandages for unexpected cuts and scrapes. You don’t want sweet escape road trip turn to bloody trip to clinic, don’t you?
[ MAINTENANCE ]
Don’t let the thrill of the trip keep you from making sure your car is in tip-top condition. Have your oil checked, your tires inspected and filled with air, and test the air conditioning and wiper blades to make sure they’re working correctly. Have your driver’s license, insurance card and contact numbers for roadside assistance readily accessible.
If you don’t know how to change a flat tire, learn how to do so before you take to the highways. Ensure that your spare tire is in good shape, and that the jack and other essential tools are easy to access. Your emergency toolkit should also include an orange flag or pylon that you can use to signal for help if needed.
[ BEST FRIEND ]
Everything is more fun with a companion, and a road trip is no exception. The time spent with family, a spouse or significant other, or a favourite friend can turn an ordinary trip into an adventure.
Take turns driving while the other person takes a nap or flips through magazines, or simply spend the time talking and catching up with each other. If you’re travelling with small children, be extra prepared to help the miles speed by.