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So you have planned a road trip. Road trips are better than anything even traveling by plane. A journey is more beautiful and adventurous than a destination. Before leaving you must know the road trip essentials. Whenever we travel from our homes to somewhere, we carry some stuff to use on our journey and also where we stay.
We don’t pay attention that what we need and its benefit. You can fill your car with a lot of stuff or can drive it empty but if you want to avoid any trouble you must have to take some essentials with you. There are some basic travel essentials that are useful while driving via car. These are some basics:
Car Road Trip Essentials
At the first, we will be discussing the road trip essentials for cars.
⦁ Driving license
This is the first and basic thing you must keep in your car while driving even if you are not going on a trip.
⦁ Car’s Manual
Because you don’t know which light may not turn off when you are out of range of wifi.
⦁ A copy of the car insurance
May you not use this but must keep it with you just in case an accident happens to you.
⦁ Spare tire
There are many reasons why you should keep the spare tire with you. It may be a bad road condition, heat can also be a reason. Some cars come with an extra tire but if you have rented a car there is less chance of an extra tire.
⦁ Roadside Emergency Kit
Don’t leave your house without a roadside emergency kit. It is consist of 2 light sticks, tire pressure gauges, jumper cables, road flares, and many other things.
You must have an app and install the map for offline mode, but also carry a paper map in case of the app doesn’t work and you don’t stick on the road.
⦁ Garbage Bag
Not only for this that throwing garbage outside the window is not good for nature but also in some countries it is illegal and you might also get into trouble for doing this.
These were the essentials for your car on a road trip essentials. You can also include some other things like a quart of oil/gas, wiper fluid, or a jug of coolant.
Some things might be necessary based on the location. For example, if you are traveling in winter and it is a snowy area you must have an ice scraper, shovel, tire chains, and umbrella.
Now for your personal use.
Self Road Trip Essentials
⦁ Car Phone Charger
This is necessary to stay connected with the world even if you are not on a trip.
⦁ Portable Power Bank
Sometimes your battery may run out or your USB cable may be damaged, in that case, you must have a portable power bank so that your phone does not go dead.
⦁ Travel Games
When you are traveling with kids you should carry games with you so that they do not get bored.
If you are staying in an area where you get tap water, you must have a steripen in your bag to clean the water and kill 99.99% of germs from the water and you will not get ill.
⦁ Food and Drink
Supermarkets are not usually close to the main road so you must add some food and drink to your list and also it wastes time. While driving you must stay hydrated and try to keep a hydro flask bottle so that you will get the water at a certain level of temperature.
⦁ Travel Clothing
We all want to stay fresh and wear clean and light dresses while traveling. To avoid daily laundry I recommend you take some natural fabrics which can be matched and mixed.
⦁ Rain suit/jacket
Weather can change at any time. First, you should check the weather forecast before leaving home but also carry a rain jacket in your luggage just for safety.
⦁ Blanket & Pillow
Try to pick a picnic blanket because it’s a space saver and pillow to relax your neck. These are the most necessary because you get tired while driving, for a daytime nap.
⦁ Hand sanitizer & Bug spray
Because everything you touch is not clean and hygienic, sanitizer protects you from those germs. During a night stay or even in some areas insects are too much and can harm you, carry a bug spray for safety.
⦁ Sunglasses & Sunscreen
Sunglasses enhance visibility and reduce glare. This is helpful for the eyes and also nobody likes squint while driving. To protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation apply sunscreen and enjoy the journey.
⦁ Toilet Paper
Not all rest stops are equal and clean. Also if you are staying the night this is a self-necessary thing.
⦁ First Aid Kit
When you got some scratches or someone may get ill, there is less possibility that you can find a hospital nearby also it may cost a day. So you should keep a first aid kit in your car.
⦁ Camping Tent
Suppose you are planning to stay a night somewhere on the road. Don’t just sleep in the car you should have a camping tent with you, it will be fun. Trust me!
Some other things that you can add to your list. It includes a towel, a comb, a swiss army knife, candles, tissues, lip balm, snacks, a coffee, and tea mug, a toothbrush and toothpaste, moisturizer, running shoes, flip flops, hat(s), mints, eye mask, and a food storage container.
Flashlights and laser lights are also necessary for a stay at night. Many other road trip essentials can also be considered.
Most important, you must money in cash because some gas stations they did not accept cards, and also you have to pay toll taxes as well, so it is better to keep some money in cash.
You can carry a camera with you to capture a beautiful memory.
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