Vacations are looking a little different this year, and many people aren’t using traditional methods of travel. Road tripping is a great and safe alternative to get to your destination for this year’s summer vacation. If you’ve never gone on a road trip, you might be stuck on what to bring.
We’ve created a list of items you don’t want to forget on your road trip!
Your Road Trip Essentials
- One thing that needs to be at the top of your list is your license and registration. Another important piece of paperwork to bring is a copy of your car’s manual. When driving long distances you may see a light on your dashboard you aren’t familiar with or hear a noise that you need to identify. Having your manual will let you know what exactly is going on.
- Bringing a spare tire on your road trip can save you in sticky situations. We also recommend checking your tires before leaving for your road trip.
- A roadside emergency kit containing cables, tire pressure gauge, window breaker, flares, coolant, motor oil, flashlights, and blankets may come in handy when you’re on the road. In most situations you won’t need to use this, but it’s better to be prepared!
- A first aid kit is an essential not worth forgetting! You may be stopping along the way to explore or hike new areas. You never know when you may need bandaids, gauze, or rubbing alcohol.
- A large water bottle is needed for your road trip. They help keep pit stops to a minimum and if you’re driving through an area with no stops, you won’t have to worry about running out of water.
- When it comes to technology, don’t forget a portable charger, portable WiFi if your connection isn’t great, and an aux cord. Remember that many streaming apps allow you to download content so you can watch TV on the go!
- Every good road trip is filled with things to keep you busy. This includes card games that allow all passengers to play or a good book for some personal entertainment (the driver can even enjoy an audiobook).
- Lastly, remember to bring a comfy blanket and pillow. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in the car, and you never know when you’re going to want to take a nap.
These are just some basic items that will keep you safe, entertained and comfortable during your road trip. Depending on how long you are on the road for, you may need to add some extra belongings. The great thing about a road trip is there isn’t a weight limit on your luggage, so pack away!