“Roads were made for journeys, and not a destination.”
A road trip is always fun and memorable with being unpredictable at times. If you don’t mind spending hours and days on the road to reach your destination, the road is your perfect companion. A lot of travelers nowadays are taking road trips because of their spontaneity and the pace with which you can enjoy every moment. Compare taking a flight and reaching your destination in a few hours to spending long hours and in fact days on roads, making memories, knowing the locals, and then reaching your destination. The experience is unmatched.
If you are a seasoned road traveler, you will be familiar with the rules of the road. What to pack and what not to. However, if this is the first time that you are planning a road trip or are just a newbie in the game, you need some prep beforehand. Without further ado, let’s run you through the list of essentials for your road trip.
#1. License and vehicle registration
You cannot leave home without a driving license and registration details. Also, keep a copy of the vehicle’s insurance.
#2. Spare tire
A flat tire can spoil your trip. Make sure you carry an extra tire. Do check its condition before leaving for the trip.
#3. First aid kit
A medical emergency can occur anytime. Needless to say, it is important to carry some medicines for the trip. Your first aid kit should have pain killers, antiseptic lotion, band-aid, anti-inflammatory gel, crepe bandage, and medicines for fever, vomiting, cough, cold, etc. If you are on some prescription medicines, don’t forget to pack them as well.
#4. Emergency light
There’s a possibility that you might find yourself stuck on a road in the middle of the night with no natural or street light. An emergency light helps. Also, if you are planning camping, an emergency light is a must.
#5. Water bottles
We often depend on the department store en route for water bottles. But, what if the road that you have taken doesn’t have a store for hundreds of miles? Make sure you have adequate water to stay hydrated during the trip. Refill or restock, wherever possible.
#6. Instant tea and coffee
A cup of hot tea or coffee is good enough to refresh you. Always carry Twinings tea or Nescafe instant coffee packs in your bag, so that you can take a quick break whenever you want. Also, carrying instant tea and coffee packs saves you some money.
#7. Portable charger
You do not want your phone battery to die before you reach the destination. A portable charger is a must for your road trip.
Weather is unpredictable. What if it snows or rains while you are yet to reach your destination? A blanket will keep you warm, and save you from falling ill.
#9. Travel mug
A travel mug will prevent spillage while you are on the road. Also, it will keep your drink hot or cold.
The more you travel, the more you will learn. Although, the list of must-have road trip essentials is long, these are a couple of things for the starters. Make sure you do not miss out on packing the above-listed essentials.