Going on a road trip is often the stuff of dreams for people. The image of packing a couple of bags, putting them in the trunk, and then driving off to who knows where not only makes a great story, but a lifetime worth of memories as well.
However, there are a few key things that you may forget before you go on your trip and these forgotten items may ruin everything. Or, perhaps they are things that you would have never thought of until you need them the most.
We have put together a road trip checklist for you to go through before you get in the car. These are often forgotten items that you may need regularly or only in certain situations. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have these items in your trunk or glove compartment.
First Aid Kit
Being out on the open road is great to feel free, but not so great if you get hurt. Obviously, you should go to the doctor if you have a major wound or illness. But what do you do for those small cuts and bangs that don’t need immediate attention?
Put together a first aid kit or buy one from your local pharmacy. First aid kits should contain bandages, disinfectants, over-the-counter medications for pain, allergies, or other ailments, and compresses. Any first-aid kit you keep in your car for a long time should be regularly checked for expired items.
Were not talking hundreds of dollars, which may be in danger if your car is broken into or stolen. But it’s a good idea to stash away not only a few bills, but some quarters as well. Of course you should hide this money, but it should also be easy to access should your wallet be stolen or you have an emergency.
Many of us have seen those sitcoms in which the family goes on a road trip singing songs and then quickly becomes annoyed with one another. Going on a long road trip means needing to be entertained. The radio can only do so much, so we recommend bringing your favorite CDs and audiobooks. If your cell phone can be plugged into a jack, try calling some friends – just don’t hold the phone while you’re driving. Instead, use a headset or speakerphone.
If you are traveling with kids, make sure they have plenty of books, games, and even movies to keep them occupied while they are awake. There’s nothing more insufferable than traveling with bored children for hours at a time!
At some point during your trip, you will need a flashlight. Whether it’s to see something in the dark, to find something on the floor or to read the fine print on a map, you can never go wrong with a flashlight and some spare batteries. You can go for a full-size flashlight kept in the glove compartment, but they also sell key ring flashlights that could save some space.
We hope that our road trip checklist has helped you have the best trip possible. See the sights and enjoy the road!