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Road Trip Essentials Check List

Road trips are a drum for any holidaymaker. After all, nothing beats the excitement of getting behind the wheels and driving off to your favorite destination.  One can stop where they want and with no care in the world! However, the whole trip can get spoilt if you don’t pack the essentials along. You need to plan well in advance as to what to pack and what to avoid. It indeed can be an overwhelming task. You need to question yourself as to where you are going, for how many days and on what kind of terrain. You need to keep an eye on the overall climate as well as the condition of the roads.

 Here is an essential checklist to keep in mind before you go on that road trip.

  • Your vehicle– First things first, ensure that your car is in excellent condition. Get a mechanic to do a thorough check-up of the vehicle. As you are never sure when your car might give you trouble, carry the car’s manual, a Spare tire and do not forget to pack a roadside emergency kit.
  • The documents – Ensure that the license and registration of the vehicle are complete. These are the ultimate road trip essentials and always have a copy of the insurance policy along with the relevant contact numbers, just in case.
  • First aid kit – Always keep a first aid kit with the basic essentials like bandages, antiseptic, Band-Aids, and other medications. The kit can also include a Bug Spray.
  • Duffel Bag – These bags are a lot more convenient on a road trip and can easily pack most of your luggage. Moreover, you can handle these bags roughly and squeeze or stack them in any arrangement within the car.
  • Healthier Snacks – It is always cheaper to bring snacks from home and use them as cheaper and healthier options while on the road trip. Pack those crunchy and lightweight dried fruits and veggies as well as pack nuts and seeds for your protein. Energy bars and chocolates are good for instant energy and to satisfy those hunger pangs.
  • Invest in a GPS – Navigation is important, and a good GPS will keep you right on track, especially if you are in unfamiliar territory. It is not a good idea to just rely on Google Maps as you might not always have their networks.
  • A Portable Music Player – good music sounds heavenly on the road, so pack your music player with catchy tunes to keep the mood light and fun during the entire journey. Avoid picking something which is too soft and repetitive, or the driver can tend to get sleepy! Ensure that the A music player is long lasting and with good battery life.

Other road trip accessories’ can include large water bottles, flashlights, devices, chargers, especially if you are on a long road trip. You can also pack a good travel camera to capture some unusual shots along the road. Carry a couple of books and travel games to keep everyone entertained.

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