Road trips are one of the best ways to explore new places, bond with friends and family, and create unforgettable memories. But if you've ever been on a road trip, you know that packing for one can be a daunting task. It's easy to forget things and not have everything you need, which can quickly put a damper on your adventure. So today we’ve put together a list of ten things we always make sure to pack to avoid any road trip mishaps…
A portable charger: A must-have for any road trip, a portable charger means your phone will always be powered up, whether you need to Google a restaurant or get directions. Plus, in case of emergency, when your phone is your lifeline, you don't want it to die in the middle of nowhere.
Cash: While most businesses accept credit cards and digital wallets these days, there are still some establishments that only take cash. Make sure you have enough on hand for those places, plus tolls, parking, street vendors, and any other unexpected expenses.
Wet wipes: You never know when you'll need to wash your hands or wipe down a seat. Wet wipes are perfect for quick cleanups and can even be used to freshen up when you don't have access to a shower. You can also find portable antibacterial wipes to really tackle germy surfaces.
First-aid kit: Accidents happen, and it's always better to be prepared. Pack a first-aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers for any injuries or ailments that might come up on the road.
A map: Yes, GPS is great, but what happens if you lose signal? A map may be old-school, but it’s a reliable backup when you can’t use your phone for directions. Plus it can also be a fun way to navigate and discover new routes.
Blankets and pillows: Road trips can be long, and sometimes you’ll want to stop for a quick nap. Pack some blankets and pillows for those occasions – or just to make your car cozier and more comfortable throughout the drive.
Snacks: Snacks are obviously essential on any road trip, but make sure to pack some healthy options like fruit, nuts, and granola bars too. You don't want to feel sluggish from eating junk food when you're trying to explore a new place and have an adventure.
Entertainment: Long drives can also get boring quickly. In addition to music, prepare some other entertainment options too, like books (or books on tape), podcasts, toys for the kids, and some ideas for car games to keep everyone entertained.
Sunscreen: Even if you're in the car for most of the trip, you will still need to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Bring plenty of sunscreen and reapply throughout the day, especially if you sweat and spend time outdoors.
A sense of adventure: Last but not least, don't forget to pack a sense of adventure! Road trips are all about exploring new places and trying new things. It’s okay to be spontaneous and not always stick to the itinerary. No trip goes exactly as planned. Just embrace the journey and most importantly, have fun!