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4 Road Trip Essentials

Nothing beats a road trip with your loved ones. The open road, good company, and plenty of snacks. It’s easy to plan the fun side of things, but have you checked these four essential things?

Read on to make sure you’re fully prepared for your trip!

Emergency Provisions

The most important part of a road trip is having any necessary supplies available. But they are often overlooked!

You may have enough food and drink to keep you going, but have you thought about phone chargers? You may even consider bringing along a spare tire. You will, of course, need to remember money. Cash is easily lost, so take a credit card instead. You never know what surprise purchases you might need to make along the way.

Taking a flashlight and a jump-start cable make sure you’re ready in any emergency you may encounter. Cars can be temperamental sometimes and break down in the worst places. Coming prepared with some emergency gear will give you enough time to get to a gas station or mechanic.

First Aid Kit

Road trips can take a turn for the worst sometimes.

A first aid kit can solve any minor injuries along the way. It can also save your life in some instances. Make sure it’s equipped with bandages and antiseptic wipes. You can add any other medical equipment you think you’ll need.

As well as a first aid kit, ensure that you’ve got insurance for yourself and your car. Try to find a good insurance company that can cover you and your vehicle.

A Planned Route

Yes, it’s super fun to drive wherever you want and see where you end up. But is it a realistic idea?

You’re going to need to make pit stops throughout your trip. And driving down the open roads without a plan will make it hard to find local amenities. Taking a GPS with you will allow you to locate the nearest restrooms, cafes, and gas stations when you need them.

In the event that you don’t have service while on the road, take a physical road map as well. It’ll give you a rough idea of where you are, and how to get to the nearest town.


Finally, entertainment is a huge part of making a road trip fun!

You aren’t going to be in the mood to chat the whole time you’re on the trip, and your company may take naps or want some quiet time as well.

Bring along some books, music, and downloaded videos to watch. It’s a nice way to pass the time.
If there’s more than one person in your group that can drive, make sure they switch around. The driver can do with some well-needed rest, and it gives someone else a chance to steer the trip.


The most important part of your trip is having fun! Make memories with your friends and enjoy where your trip takes you. Now that you’ve read these essential tips, get out there and enjoy!