The weather is warming up, and as temperatures rise, people start to get restless for some outdoor fun. A great way to bond with your family or friends is to load up the car and go on a long road trip to get away from it all. However, traveling by car comes with its own set of problems and complications — for example, you have to make sure you have everything you need and the space to accommodate it. So what are the bare essentials needed to make it out on the open highway?
First of all, some common-sense items should be with you — a driver’s license, a first-aid kit, a roadtrip assistance kit, and a map and directions for where you’re going (yes, even if you have a GPS). Bring loose change, some extra cash, and, if you know for sure that you’ll be passing through a toll, possibly an EZ Pass to make the process faster. If you or any of your passengers take prescription medication, make sure to bring those along, too.
Before you even start packing for the actual vacation, you need to take a step back and consider what you’ll need in the car. For entertainment purposes, you might want an mp3 player and dock or, if your vehicle doesn’t have anywhere to plug in an mp3 player, a mix CD with songs you’ve compiled for the trip. Have passengers bring along things to pass the time, such as handheld gaming devices or books. Don’t forget the chargers to any electronic device you bring along! Snacks and beverages for the trip are also important.
Your actual luggage should contain everything you need to use on a daily basis. Toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap, underwear, socks, changes of clothes for each day of your trip, and makeup and skincare products should be brought along for the trip. Additionally, blankets are crucial, as they can be used to nap in the car or can serve as a picnic blanket. Towels are also helpful, as they can clean up any accidents on the go, as well as paper products like paper towels and toilet paper.
Planning for a long road trip can be stressful, but the key is to only bring along the necessities to stay healthy, comfortable, and happy. Above all, you should spend your time off enjoying your relaxation and bonding time with the people on the road with you.