10 things to pack for a summer road trip
We’re so close to summer we can literally feel it. Things are heating up here in Las Vegas, and while plenty of people are taking road trips from the east to come visit us, we predict just as many Nevada residents are looking to explore southern states and the east coast. If this sounds like you, you’re probably wondering what sorts of things you’ll need to make the long hours in the car more entertaining and comfortable. This is our list of the top 10 things to pack for a summer road trip, but it’s by no means comprehensive.
What do I need to bring for a road trip?
There are a few unique things about spending your vacation time taking a road trip rather than flying out to a destination. On the one hand, you’ll see much more of the country side as you travel, but on the other hand you’ll be spending a lot more time confined to a seat. With this in mind, these are the top things you might not remember to bring on your summer road trip.
- A good ol’ fashioned map. That’s right, in a world filled with GPS and mobile apps, you might think you’ve got this covered, until you get lost in a small town with no cell towers to be found. Even if you never end up needing it, it’s better safe than sorry.
- A first aid and emergency travel kit. Fix your boo boos and those minor car issues in case of emergency. Accidents happen and this will offer a small amount of reassurance.
- A bottle of sunscreen. It should be obvious to those of us dwelling in the desert, but even if you’re heading away from our dry climate, the summer sun should be shining across the entire U.S. and you’ll want to protect yourself from its uncomfortable rays.
- Sanitary/baby wipes. What? There are no kids on board! This may be true, but you may be sweating in that hot car even if you do have air conditioning, and nothing builds up an uncomfortable atmosphere like body odor stinking up the cabin. Besides, they will also come in handy for sticky foods.
- Snack and plenty of water. It may not be flu season, but nothing will make you grumpier than dehydration and hunger. You may be planning on stopping for plenty of local delicacies, but healthy snacks filled with protein will also keep you going for long stretches of driving.
- Changes of clothes. Of course, if you’re traveling far, you’ll want more than a single spare outfit, but even during an overnight trip it’s important to pack spares of everything, including warm and cool clothes for unexpected weather.
- MP3 player or smartphone and charger. Do people still have a separate MP3 player? If you do, you should bring it along to spare your phone’s battery, as that almost certainly does double duty as your vacation camera. A charger is also an absolute must or you’ll be disconnected from the greater world pretty quickly into your trip.
- A pair of binoculars. Maybe you have perfect 20/20 vision, but even if you do there are some sights you might want a closer look at.
- Travel games. In a tech driven world, it may seem everything you need for entertainment is at the tips of your fingers, but you’ll want to preserve your phone battery, and the driver can’t exactly play game apps.
- Listerine strips or breath spray. The worst part of sitting in a car is how gross you’ll feel after a bit. Baby wipes will have you covered to help freshen your hands, face and body, but something minty will make your mouth feel better, plus you’ll feel more alert.
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These are just some of the essentials you might not immediately consider, though of course you’ll want basic hygiene products and other gear depending on the sort of trip you have planned. Is there anything you can’t live without when you travel long distances by car? Leave us a comment below, otherwise be sure to check back here at the Findlay North Volkswagen Blog for more tips and tricks.