Road trips are surely very fun and relaxing in the company of friends or near and dear ones. It is one of the freest ways of travelling as you can take your own vehicle and stick to your own timeline. There is no strict itinerary to follow, you can do whatever you want and make it an unforgettable memory of your life. Planning a road trip will now be easy with this list of travel essentials that are mandatory for your next road trip to keep both you and your car running smooth and make it super exciting, comfortable, minimize stops and save money!
Road trip essentials for your car
In a road trip the car is one of the most important parts and it is absolutely necessary to take care of your car to ensure a smoother journey. Here are some essentials for your car to keep it running smooth-
♦︎ Car Documents
The license and registration are the most obvious documents to be carried. Apart from these you must carry the insurance policy, car’s manual, pollution certificate. Identity proofs are also important. Make sure you carry multiple photocopies of each document besides the original documents. These will really come handy in multiple situations.
♦︎ Spare Tyre
This is also a must-have on a road trip. A spare tire will be the ultimate saviour if you have a flat tire in the middle of the road. But keeping a spare tire by itself is no use of course. You also need to keep car jack, flares and reflective triangles, wheel wedges, flat tire repair kit and other necessary tools. Watch a few tutorials on YouTube well before your trip to get some idea on how to change tires. This knowledge will be useful and time-saving not just for your trip but also in future.
♦︎ Roadside Emergency Kit
Other than materials to repair a tire, It will be convenient to carry a roadside emergency kit as it includes things we generally don’t think of and is expertly packed to save space. The kit more or less contains battery booster cables, emergency rain cover, warning triangle, whistle, tire pressure gauge, window breaker etc. This all in one kit will have you covered for any possible situation because we never know what is in store for us on our road trip.
Road trip essentials for you
These are a few must-haves for your comfort and safety. These little things can make a big difference to your road trips.
♦︎ Navigation tools
Every successful trip includes paper maps. There are numerous navigation apps available like Google Maps that provide step by step directions, but if your phone dies or is out of network coverage in some remote area then you can always rely on the paper maps. You can also download offline maps on your phone but if you want to follow the old school method don’t hesitate to use the paper maps!
♦︎ First Aid Kit
The importance of a first aid kit can’t be stressed on enough while traveling. You wouldn’t want to ruin your trip due to minor injuries. Keep basic supplies in the first aid kit like band-aids, ointments, bandages, antiseptic. Certain medicines like headache, diarrhea and vomit medicines and paracetamol/aspirin are especially useful while traveling. Also do not forget to carry you regular medicines for any pre-existing medical conditions.
Keep a large drinking water container in the car along with water bottles. No matter where we are and what we are doing, we must always keep ourselves hydrated. You might not always have access to drinking water on the road trip so remember to refill the bottles every chance you get. Water is also useful when it comes to cleaning something or when the car overheats.
Food is important not only to satisfy hunger but also to keep you energized and happy. Carry light snacks like fruits, energy/granola bars, popcorn, dry fruits, chips, sandwiches, etc. Ready to eat foods like cup noodles are also great for carrying on a trip. These snacks will fill you up without making the car messy. Carrying snacks will also save money as you don’t have to buy food every time you want to grab a bite and keep the hunger pangs away when there is no sight of any eateries during long journeys.
Basic Essential Items
Flashlights will be useful in several situations in the middle of the road in the dark. Spare batteries will have to be carried in case the flashlight runs out of battery.
Phone chargers/ USB and power banks are absolutely non-negotiable items since we basically depend on our phones for most of the things. Be it for the navigation, listening to songs or posting pretty road trip pictures on Instagram, we absolutely cannot afford to let our phones die.
A hands free phone holder will help you get the accurate directions when using maps on your phone and let you drive safely and provide a hassle free journey.
Windscreen covers and UV window shades will provide relief from the sun and privacy when you are on the go or are parked for a little rest.
Trash bags should be used in the car to collect all the waste and throw it later when you find a dustbin. Throwing rubbish on the road and polluting the environment is an absolute no-no.
Things to keep you comfortable
Travel pillow, eye mask and blanket are road trip essentials to help you sleep comfortably. Travel can be tiring and stressful on the spine so it is important to make your journey as comfortable as possible.
Sunscreen and sunglasses are necessities while traveling to shield you from the sun and harmful UV rays. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the harsh sun while driving and use sunscreen to avoid sunburns and skin inflammations.
Keep a toiletries bag ready with toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues/wet wipes and face wash. Also, keep a clean towel. It will be useful if the need arises to crash on the road or a hotel and not all hotels do not provide toiletries.
Hand sanitizers are an absolute must while on the road. It is not always possible to get access to soap and water and owing to the current pandemic situation make sanitizers your best friend.
Slippers/flip flops are the perfect slip-on shoe to relax your feet on long road trips.
Sanitary sprays are so less talked about yet it is a must-have on road trips as no one knows where you would need to use the bathrooms. Use sanitary sprays to minimize chances of getting infections and other dangerous diseases.
Keeping you entertained on a road trip should also be considered an essential! Make a road trip playlist with a variety of music keeping in mind all the people accompanying you. Mini Bluetooth speakers will further amp up the music in the car or can be carried elsewhere. You can also download your favorite podcasts and audiobooks to listen to while on the journey. Carry headphones for when you need some space for yourself.
Card games and mini board games are super entertaining to play with friends and family on road trips during waiting times and delays to keep your spirits up. Travel games are especially useful to keep kids occupied if you are travelling with children.
Keep your cameras ready and charged to capture beautiful memories so that you can look at them later in life and reminisce about the life-changing, adventure-filled road trip!
With this list of road trip essentials, you are covered for your next road trip. It is good to be prepared while travelling and it is the key to a successful trip.