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If you are the adventurous sort, then going on a road trip must be on your bucket list items. If you have traveled by air or on a train, it will help you draw a comparison between such travels and a road trip. While you’re moving on a journey, you learn a lot about yourself. A road trip is a journey that has the potential of pushing you to the limits. A road trip brings to the fore your strengths and limitations, thus contributing a great deal in your personal growth. Therefore, if at any point in life, you can embark on a road trip, do not miss the opportunity.
Some people take a road trip as a real adventure and go ahead with it without planning. For them, an unprecedented situation is no big deal, and you can find them saying that they do not want to spoil the trip with too much planning and too many items. It can be a fun trip if you have no deadlines to meet, adequate cash to last you any length of time, good company, and a lot of patience! Whether you are on an “adventurous” road trip or a road trip adventure, there are some essentials that you must not skip when packing for your road trip. So, make every possible effort from your end for your safety and convenience. Here is a compilation of a few must-have items for your road trip adventure.
You wouldn’t want to take a wrong turn on your trip and end up getting lost. Not to forget, consuming extra fuel to get back on track. That unnecessary fuel consumption not only can be a strain on your budget, but it will also lead to atmospheric pollution just because you took the wrong exit/entry. You may not have Internet access throughout your road trip, so do not rely only on Google maps alone guiding you on your way. To solve this issue, you can either get those paper maps or download the offline maps of the journey you plan to undertake. In short, don’t get on the road without having a proper map.
Travel Comfort Kit
A travel comfort kit will have anything in it that will prevent you from being cranky on your journey and from protecting you from any uncomfortable experience. It is best to get a collapsible car storage pack to organize your items. Label one compartment as the comfort kit and add the things that will make your journey comfortable. Traveling pillow and a light blanket will help you much on those naps that you need to break a long drive. Add to your comfort kit reusable water bottle and a daypack that can hold your essentials if you decide on an impromptu walk/hike. In addition you may also keep disposal bags in your luggage, in case of mountain sickness or nausea.
Also, do not forget your sunglasses. Flip-flops will also be a great comfort when you choose to take off your day shoes. For safety and mental support, pack away a tactical knife as well. Not only you can use it for defense, but it can also come in handy for regular use. They are readily available online, so no need to wonder where to buy tactical knives.
Even though debit and credit cards have made life much more accessible, but there are still places where you need money. Always keep some cash on you while on a road trip. It does not mean that you start carrying around a whole load of money to cater to your every need but just enough that you can deal with emergencies. Sometimes the online payment system may not be working, sometimes there may not be cash in the ATM, and sometimes you may come across places where the only money they accept is paper money. So, do not embark upon a road trip without some cash. When you find yourself out of money, immediately remedy the situation by withdrawing some from the first accessible place.
One thing you should never ignore during any journey and especially during a road trip, is having access to clean drinking water. You can either keep a water jug in your car trunk or have multiple reusable water bottles that you can use and fill throughout your journey. You would not wish to be dehydrated or sick during your trip. Therefore, be ensured to be equipped as regards your water requirements.
First Aid Box
As just mentioned, you would not wish to get sick on your trip or to be injured. However, such things can happen; therefore, go well prepared for these emergencies. It entails developing a first aid box or first aid kit that should always be handy during the whole journey. You can set up a first aid box according to the duration of your trip. If a person prone to allergies is on the trip, do not forget anti-allergens in addition to the painkiller and anti-inflammatory medicines. Also, pack rehydration salts and nausea medicines in your first aid box. Bandages for minor cuts and scrapes should also be put in.
Who doesn’t get hungry during a road trip? Something unheard of, right? Get your favorite snacks into your collapsible storage. There may be times when you cannot stop or do not wish to finish to complete a leg of the journey, but that does not mean you won’t be hungry. Therefore, add some nuts, energy bars, and the like in your snacks compartment. Fresh mints and gums are also a travel favorite. Just try not to add food items that go rancid.
Road Safety Kit
You would not wish to get stranded on the road if your car tire or the battery gives up on you. So, do not travel without a road safety kit that has all the essentials such as battery boosting cables, spare tire, and tire pressure gauge. Make sure that your safety kit has a raincoat and umbrella, as well. Also, do not travel without your license and car manual. Double-check these items before starting your car!
Do not rely on your car lights alone or your phone torch when you need light at night. Your phone battery may run out any time, and you need to preserve your car battery. Always pack a flashlight and a pair of spare cells when going on a road trip, especially if you are going through the wilderness or where you won’t find road lights.
If you do not have sunscreen, get one for your road trip. You’ll be wide-open to sunrays for more extended periods than is normal during a road trip. Sunscreen is especially essential if you are traveling from low altitude to high altitude. Sunburn is a real thing, not to mention the harmful consequences of it. Therefore, do not forget to pack sunscreen among your toiletries.
Trash Disposal Bag
You would also need a trash disposal bag on your road trip. You certainly should not clutter your car with empty wrappers and tissues or other trash items. Keep a few trash disposal bags with you in the car so you can keep the environment clean during the journey, and also not use your car as a trash can!
It is always more accessible and fun when you pack light for a journey, but some essentials just cannot be ignored. You would not want to disturb your budget by shopping for essentials midway through your journey. So, always go prepared.