5 Road Trip Must-Haves
Road trips were a major part of my childhood and now that my husband and I live 800 miles away from our families, they’ve become a necessity for keeping the distance just a bit shorter.
We are planning a quick road-trip home to celebrate my sisters baby shower and I wanted to share my 5 must-haves for making any road trip memorable and stress-free.
PACK SNACKS & A COOLER - The open road is filled with thousands of fast food spots, gas stations, and cool road-side stands. However, packing snacks and a cooler can save time and money. Some of our go-to’s are granola bars, mixed nuts, and candy to keep the edge off. We also always try to pack sandwiches so we can pull into a rest stop and stretch our legs for lunch, rather than stop at a fast food restaurant. We also keep a cooler with bottled water, a few cans of soda and iced coffee (I especially love Starbucks bottled frappuccinos for an early morning start).
A PHYSICAL MAP - Our drive home takes us through the mountains of Virginia and Pennsylvania and we undoubtedly always lose cell service. When I was younger, no matter how many times we traveled a certain route, we always got turned around some place. Now, I’m conditioned to keep a Rand McNally in the car should we ever need it.
ACTIVITIES - This one is especially important if you’re travelling with children or just get bored easily. We always pack magazines, books and will sometimes get a new CD (hello 2002) to enjoy during the ride. Some of my favorites include Origin Magazine, PEOPLE and a sudoku puzzle book. We also love playing trivia games when we do have cell service. Coloring books, word searches and other activities like this magnetic checkers game would be great for any kids riding along. (As children, my mom got my sister and I a new journal for each trip so we could share memories and draw in it throughout the trip.)
FIRST AID KIT - This is definitely one of those items you hope you never have to use, but are super happy you packed should you need it. It can be as simple as some bandaids, aloe vera, and neosporin or it could have burn gel, gauze pads, and ice packs. You never know when someone will cut their toe on a rock in the ocean or burn their hands on their curling iron. Not having to go to the local pharmacy can save time, energy and frustration. (True story: On the last day of my husband and I’s first big trip together, I burnt both of my hands on the barrel of my curling iron. My husband literally ran to the Rite Aid down the street to pick up some burn gel and gauze pads because we had no other option. Don’t be like us.)
CAR TOOLS - According to my husband, a mechanic, he always packs an impact driver, a scissor jack and a tire inflator. It seems silly but we have needed that inflator twice mid-trip. Once going to Myrtle Beach and the other on our move down to South Carolina. While you hope you never have to use them, it keeps my mind at ease knowing that we have them packed just in case.
There you have it friends! My 5 road trip must-haves to keep your vacation thoughtful and memorable! What are your road trip must-haves when you travel? Let me know below, packing for road trips is my favorite pastime!