Road Tripping Essentials

Monday, November 19, 2018

Road tripping can be really great fun. When we’re young, it can seem like a cheap way to travel across the country, getting where you need to and seeing some of the sights while you go. As we get older, many of us start to rely on air travel instead, perhaps for convenience and comfort. But, really it’s never quite the same.

A road trip gives you a chance to see more. It makes the journey as important as the destination. It gives you time to bond with your friends or family and to take some time away from the stresses of your everyday life. Many people find going for a long drive is one of the most relaxing things that they can do. It also gives you a chance to stop whenever you want, to make the most of your journey, to meet new people, eat new foods and learn much more about the world around you. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s a fabulous adventure.

The best thing is, road tripping doesn’t have to be boring, or uncomfortable, or any of those things that you might be worried about. With these fantastic road trip essentials, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

At Valley of Fire State Park - Overton, Nevada

Safety Must-Haves

Of course, the first essentials that you need are insurance and a license, but hopefully, those are already covered. Then, you need to get your car serviced and perform the essential car safety checks such as checking your tire pressure and oil levels. It’s also worth learning about Derrick Law Firm Legal solutions, should anything go wrong.

Then, it’s just a case of making sure your spare tire is in useable condition, that you’ve got a basic first aid kit and all of the tools that you need to deal with any minor car issue yourself. You might also want to pack your vehicle owners manual for help along the way and make sure any emergency numbers are programmed into your phone.

To Keep You Warm

Obviously, the temperature depends very much on where you are going and when. But, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. You’ll want to keep your cabin as uncluttered as possible for comfort, so make sure you’ve got a couple of blankets, some thick socks and a jumper on top of your luggage so that they are easy to get to.

If it’s likely to be sunny, you might also want to make sure you’ve got sunscreen and a sunhat within each reach. Check the weather forecast before you set out, and make sure you are prepared for anything.

Let’s Get Comfy

Comfort needs to be a vital consideration of any road trip. You’ll never have fun if you are achy and in pain. If you are the driver, there’s only so much that you can do. Take the time to set your seat correctly and make sure that you are dressed comfortably. Take travel pillows for passengers and make sure you all get out and stretch your legs as often as you can. It can even be worth practicing some basic yoga poses, to stretch out your back and hips when you get out of the car.

Snacks and Drinks

You’ll want to plan plenty of rest stops along your route, but it’s still a good idea to pack plenty of drinks and snacks in the car. Try to avoid anything fizzy, sticky or messy.

Your Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

Music is an essential part of any road trip, and nowadays we’ve got more options than ever. Use Spotify to compile a playlist, with enough songs to keep you going, then play it through your phone as you travel.

The Top Road Tripping Apps

You don’t need gadgets and apps to enjoy a road trip. But, they can be useful. When it comes to apps, you can’t go wrong with Google Maps and Google Translate if you’ll need it. GasBuddy and Hotel Tonight could also prove useful.

The Best Road Trip Games

Apps and gadgets and great, and it’s easy to make your road trip super high tech. But, you might prefer to stick to classic road trip games like eye spy, 20 questions and road trip bingo. Research some games before you go so that you’re never bored.

All Those Things That We Forget About

There are plenty of things that we don’t release that we need until we need them. Those things that you forget every time. Perhaps not always essential, but certainly useful. These can include:

- A good old-fashioned map book
- Wet wipes
- A bag for rubbish
- Car chargers
- Hand sanitizer
- Sunglasses
- Cash
- A notepad and pen
- Bug spray
- Toilet paper
- Medication

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17 comments:

  1. All of these things are so important when traveling. Thank goodness we have and do all of these before taking a trip

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  2. these are so perfect for traveling - so much to do but so good to be prepared- great post my friend!

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  3. Stopping often to stretch, go to the bathroom, and take a little break is so important to me. Being comfy is big for me as well. All of these essentials are important.

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  4. I love taking road trips and these ideas are so smart. It is so important to get your car checked out before any big trip, and your other tips are some I will remember.

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  5. I love taking road trips! These are wonderful tips. I always try to make sure that we have plenty of snacks with us.

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  6. Awesome ideas. I'm usually good with a book. My husband gets annoyed that I'd rather read than talk to him.

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  7. Google maps and Spotify are my go to for road trips! We also pack a bunch of luxuries. Lol

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  8. All perfect ideas! We road trip as often as we can. We love it!

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  9. We take road trips all the time, and they can be a lot of fun. But they're never fun if you're not prepared.

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  10. Road tripping is a great way to explore. We love doing that during the summer time. These essentials are on point sis.

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  11. We just did a big road trip this past summer, so I love this. So many good ideas here. Definitely wish we had thought of the pillow thing though!

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  12. These are all great ideas. I always make sure to have snacks and drinks with when we go on road trips. That and something for the kids to do so they don't get bored.

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  13. My husband and I loves to experience road tripping. This is indeed a great idea so we might consider this as well for our next trip. Thanks for this!

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  14. I think you covered everything perfectly. If anyone follows this list, they'll be well prepared. Bookmarking for future reference, thanks!

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  15. I like to have maps printed or a map book. I hate if I drop a signal and had been depending on my gps.

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  16. There is something so free about a road trip. Your essentials really cover everything for a great road trip experience.

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  17. WE are actually road tripping this weekend and I am a bit nervous. It is kind of an out of the blue trip so I am not as prepared.

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