Undertaking a road trip can be a fantastic way to spend a summer. Taking in new sights and exploring previously unseen places can be thrilling, but only if you’re sufficiently prepared. It can be very easy to get excited about your trip and forget the essentials you need to set off with! Take a look below and make sure you’ve got everything you need to have the time of your life on the road!
This should be common sense, but a surprisingly large amount of people forget to bring any nourishment with them. Eating well on the road is very beneficial. Not only will you have more energy, but you’ll save a lot of money on buying junk food. Healthy snacks like fruit and nuts will help tide you over and make sure to bring plenty of refreshments. Sandwiches are the best portable snack you can have for going long stretches without dining properly. Picnic lunches are also great if you find a nice sunny spot to sit down. You should try to grocery shop periodically as restaurants every night aren’t cheap!
As well as consumables, items such as tissues and paper towels will come in handy. Medicine and first aid kits can be a lifesaver if you end up having an accident of any kind.
Although it’s likely you’ve planned your route already, maps can work wonders. They are particularly useful if you decide to deviate from the beaten path – or simply get lost. They are also good for finding useful amenities during your journey. Anything from finding RV camper parts if your van is having problems, to seeking out the nearest petrol station are examples of what they can be used for. Nowadays, many people go completely digital. Whilst there is a quaint feel to using a traditional map, GPS systems can provide many of the same options, plus more.
Although its lovely talking to your friends during a trip, it always makes sense to bring some of your favourite tunes to sing along to. Having an iPod or Smartphone for this purpose is more than handy. Make sure to take a variety of songs to fit your mood – listening to the same stuff will get stale! Blasting the radio is also pretty good, but traveling far out can cause you to lose signal.
Regardless of whether you’re in the driver seat or taking a nap, comfy clothes and bedding will keep you warm. Loose jeans and tops will save you from getting uncomfortable. This also applies to shoes – slip off any tight footwear! Having a duvet and pillow are important for getting proper rest, especially if you have driving duties. If you and your buddies disagree on the temperature, you can always use your blanket to stay warm.
Cameras aren’t as necessary as everything else on this list, but they are a wonderful addition to your itinerary. Any road trip will have fantastic memories for you to share with family and friends, and what better way to relay them than to have photos at the ready?
Take these tips on board and you’ll have no problem planning your road trip. With all the work done for you, you can focus on what an amazing time you’re going to have!