A road trip is a great way to take a break from your hectic life and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Not only it offers a great getaway but also an opportunity to explore different places that you have not seen before.

If you are planning for a road trip this summer, there are certain factors you need to consider to ensure it goes in a smooth manner. These factors include awareness of weather and road conditions, information on the places you are visiting etc. Apart from these factors, there are numerous must-have items that you shouldn’t leave your home without. Some of these necessary items include:

1.    First Aid Kit

One of the most important items to carry is a first aid kit. It must be fully equipped with all the important essentials. Furthermore, do not forget to take an adequate supply of medications you or other people accompanying you are prescribed by the doctor.

2.    Mosquito Repellent

Another important item is mosquito repellent. Bug and mosquito bites is a common issue during a road journey, particularly if you are making stops at numerous places. A quality mosquito repellent can come in handy to save you from suffering from different acute and fatal diseases such as malaria, dengue etc.

3.    Extra Phone Battery and a Power bank

It is advised to carry an extra phone battery for you so that you can stay in touch with your family or loved ones if the battery in use has drained. For smartphone owners with irremovable battery, they are recommended to buy a power bank and carry it along with them. The best part of investing in a good power bank is that it will allow you to charge multiple smartphones as well. Furthermore, some models of digital cameras can also be charged with a power bank as well.

4.    Portable DVD Player

Long hours of the drive can prove to be boring! Not for the driver but for other passengers. This is why it is suggested to take a portable DVD player along with you and fulfill your entertainment needs. Moreover, take a bunch of DVDs of movies of your choice and enjoy them with your friends.

5.    Phone Holder

Another vital item that you shouldn’t miss out on! Take a phone holder with you and mount it on your car. You can easily find such phone holders on the market. This can particularly come in handy if you are taking directions from Maps on your smartphone.

6.    Durable Backpack

Road trip means multiple stops and you certainly wouldn’t like to take all the stuff from your car out at every stop. The best solution to this issue is to get a durable backpack and put your stuff into them in an organized manner. When buying a backpack, look for the one that comes with multiple compartments where you can put different road trip essentials easily. This way, there will no mess and you will be easily able to find the required item at the right time without having to open the bag and taking out all of the stuff.

7.    A Portable Cooler

A portable cooler is another road trip essential. It will keep your cold drinks and snack cold for a longer period of time. These coolers are available in different models. Each model differs in terms of size and capacity.

8.    Headtorch

Many people make this mistake of not taking a headtorch since their smartphone offers the same functionality. However, packing a headtorch is most recommended particularly if you are planning to stay in camps. They can assist you during the night time as using the torch of your smartphone for a longer period of time can drain its battery.

9.    Card and Board Games

Card and board games can elevate the adventure and fun quotient of your road trip. Carry any of the board game or cards that you and your friends like to play and enjoy them during the road trip.

10.Polarized Sunglasses

Do not forget to carry polarized sunglasses along with you as they can help prevent any sort of damage to your eye. Furthermore, they can also prevent crow’s feet. If you do not want to invest in branded sunglasses, these make for a cheap option.

11.Emergency Car Kit

Lastly, carrying an emergency car kit with essential tools is of utmost importance. This can help you to take care of small repair issues by yourself conveniently.

Final Thoughts

It is important to ensure your car is in good condition before embarking on a road trip. Take it to your mechanic and let them conduct a thorough check on it. Once you are assured of its good health, then you can plan a road trip on it with your friends. 

Published by Emily Rose