A road trip is supposed to be a relaxing experience, with plenty of leisure time and good vibes. To guarantee you are actually going to enjoy it – rather than constantly being worried over something you forgot – we have listed a top 5 road trip essentials.
Road trip checklists can be overwhelming, but we have simplified it into groups:
- Documentation Kit
- Roadside Emergency Kit
- First Aid Kit
- Wireless Kit
- Self Care Kit
- Let’s take a look on this list and make sure you are bringing along all of your essentials.
1. Documentation Kit
It may seem obvious, but you should double – or even triple – check if you are taking every document you need with you. Make sure to bring your driver’s license, passport (if you are crossing the border), vehicle registration or the supplier’s contract (in case of a rented car).
Also, have a copy your insurance or rental car insurance contract with you. This way, you can easily know what to do in case of an emergency. Include relevant contact numbers with it, such as road patrol and tow services.
2. Roadside Emergency Kit
In a road trip, the car is the most important thing. If you are not prepared for an emergency with it, your vacation can easily become a nightmare.
So be sure to pack a roadside emergency kit. It should contain, at least:
- Spare tire
- Battery booster cables
- Warning triangle
- Vehicle manual
- Lug wrench
You can easily find a ready-to-go roadside kit on the internet – but you can also include things like an extra car key if you like.
3. Wireless Kit
Nowadays we depend on the internet for almost everything. On a road trip, however, it is easy to become internet deprived – if there is no reception or if your phone dies, for example.
So be sure to pack a paper map of your route, so you can keep going even if there is no Google Maps to help you out. Another good choice is to buy an actual GPS instead of relying on your phone’s.
You may need more analogical items depending on your destination. A dictionary can be handy for international tourists and cash-money can be useful on small towns.
4. First Aid Kit
These are the things you hope you will never use, but you should always take with you on a road trip. It is possible to purchase a pre-made First Aid Kit, which will usually include bandages, cloth tape, antiseptic, gauze, thermometer, etc.
The Red Cross also have a great guide for making your own kit.
If you or your traveling companions have any kind of medical condition, you should also pack extra medication – remember, one is nothing and two is one.
5. Self-care Kit
The most overlooked one, a self-care kit can be handy. They are really personal and depends on the trip you are taking – you may need sunscreen for a summer trip or a thermic-blanket for a trip to the mountains. A few universal self-care items, though, are reusable water bottles, food and, well, toilet paper.
Are you ready to hit the road with our top 5 road trip essentials?
We hope all the basics are covered up, but feel free to make suggestions on the comments. And drive safe!