Depending on what type of road trip you’re planning on taking, your basic necessities can differ for each trip. However, there are a few certain things that you’ll need no matter what type of road trip you’re taking. Every road trip needs snacks, GPS (unless you know exactly where you’re going), and, of course, your luggage, but here are a few things that many people don’t always think about.
#1: Gum/Sunflower Seeds
Most people will already be bringing snacks along with them on their road trips, but there are certain types of snacks that are especially helpful when driving long distances. Gum, for example, helps to keep your mind active and will improve your concentration when driving. The same goes for snacks like sunflower seeds, which require you to keep your mouth moving.
#2: Lots of Water
Like staying alert, it’s important to stay hydrated as well, especially on longer drives. This may increase the number of times you’ll stop for a bathroom break, but staying hydrated on long drives is much more important.
#3: A First Aid Kit
It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit with you when you’re traveling. You can either buy one to keep in your car, or make your own. Some things that are necessary to have in your first aid kit include:
- Antibiotic ointment/creams
- Antiseptic wipes
- Aspirin/Ibuprofen/some type of pain reliever/fever reducer
- Bandaids/bandages/compress dressings/Gauze
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Instant cold compress
- Non Latex gloves
Also, make sure to have a “first aid kit” for your car, or a roadside emergency kit. This should include things like a spare tire and jack, jumper cables, a flashlight, duct tape, batteries, and a tool kit. Both a car kit and a first aid kit are important to ensure your safety while on the road.
You may think that you’ll only need sunscreen when you’re outside, but the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can still reach your skin inside of your car. Put on sunscreen (on your face, arms, and hands) to ensure that your skin is protected while you’re driving.
#5: Accessories for Various Weather Conditions
If you know where you’re going, you can accurately predict and prepare for the weather conditions you may run into on your way. However, weather can still be unpredictable at times, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. You will definitely want to bring an umbrella/rain jacket/rain boots (or a combination of all). You’ll also want an ice scraper, snow shovel, and to make sure that your car will be able to travel the roads in different weather conditions (snow/ice, water, etc.).
#6: Car Insurance/Proof of Insurance
If your road trip is anywhere in the United States, you’re going to need car insurance (although New Hampshire and Virginia don’t require it for its residents). This one is probably a no-brainer, but many people still drive without insurance. This is understandable, because car insurance rates can be ridiculously high for some people. Still, it is very necessary to have, so consider getting a car insurance quote to find the best rates for you.
In addition to actually having car insurance, make sure to carry proof of this insurance with you— this can be in the form of a card or on an app, however your insurance company provides this for you.
These essentials will help you stay alert and focused, and will also be useful to you in case of an emergency. If you forget any of these items, luckily, there are an abundance of convenience stores that may supply many of these items for you, but it’s best to make a list to make sure you don’t forget anything— just in case you can’t find it in a convenience store.