s the open road calling you? Where are you headed? There’s something so exciting about getting on the road, headed to a destination you’ve never been to before, whether you’re traveling alone or with a friend in tow.
Road trips have becoming more popular since Covid-19, thanks to the fact that many people are looking to travel in a safer way. Whether you’ve been on many road trips before or this is your first time, here are some top things to take with you for a safe and fun trip:
1. For your car: Before you get out on the road, the first thing to think about is your safety. From breakdowns to mishaps, things can happen on road trips and being prepared is very important. A few things you’ll want to make sure to pack for your car are:
● Driver’s license, insurance, and registration
● Jack and spare tire (a must!)
● Empty gas canister (also a must!)
● Phone Mount
● Emergency first-aid kit
● Tool kit
● Cell phone booster
● A map
2. For fun: If you’re traveling with friends, you’ll find that the long hours on the road can start to get to be too much. From playing Cards Against Humanity (except the driver) to sharing your favorite playlists to CBDfx capsules, there are many things you can do to help the hours pass by more quickly. If you’re road-tripping on your own, make sure to download your favorite road trip playlist and some podcasts to keep you entertained as you drive for hours on end. Downloading your music can help in those stretches of road where there may be no signal.
3. For hunger: To avoid too many stops and eating food that doesn’t make you feel good, you’ll want a cooler. Pack it up with the good stuff, so that you can eat when hungry while traveling for long distances, so that you avoid spending too much at your stops and can always have food and drink when you need it. That cooler will come in handy if you’re camping, allowing you to stock up on beer, food, and water. Eating fresh vegetables and fruit along the way can ensure you have energy for the fun you’ll be having at your destination.
4. For comfort: If you’re camping, you’ll want to be extra careful about what you bring so that you have a comfortable experience. Camping is a fun experience but can quickly go south if you aren’t prepared. There are things to think about as you pack. How will the weather be where you’re headed? What type of environment will you be camping in? Will you be near civilization? Here are some must-haves for your camping experience:
● Clothes that are adequate for the season/weather.
● Toiletries, including environmentally friendly shampoos and soap.
● A tent (consider one that goes above your car) with an air mattress.
● Camping blanket or sleeping bag (invest in a warm one if it’s cold).
● First-aid kit.
● Lantern or strong flashlights.
● Cooking equipment for the outdoors.
● Bear spray.
● Foldable chairs.
● Biodegradable trash bags.
● Ziploc bags.
● Solar charger.
● Books and writing material.
● Plenty of water and extra snacks and food.
Whether you’re camping or glamping, or staying with friends, being prepared for your trip is what will make all the difference. These tips above are just a few suggestions to help you be ready for whatever comes your way. Now’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the allure of road travel and camping in nature, so pack up your car and have a blast! Pro tip: Don’t forget your camera—you’ll want to save all those fabulous memories you’ll be making.