Are you also a road trip junkie like me? So, this means you already know what these simple, yet adventurous getaways mean to us.
But today, if I look back the memories weren’t always so pleasant. My first road trip was a mess. The trip ended with all of us being irritated and agitated and cursing each other. And do you know why? Not because the destination we chose wasn’t the best, but because we weren’t ready.
By saying we weren’t ready, what I exactly mean to say is that we didn’t prepare wisely for the trip. The fact that we didn’t have what we needed at a specific point in time, ruined our first road trip. That was a lesson for a lifetime.
And now, I don’t want you to go through anything remotely similar to that, so I’ve got everything covered with a list of items that you will need throughout the journey. Well, preparing for a road trip can be quite a challenge, so embrace yourselves and get ready to read along!
1. Reserved fuel
This is quite a necessity, for the fact that the route you will be traveling through, is quite unknown, and you do not really know when the next gas station or petrol pump is on the way.
The last thing you want on your road trip is to stop, especially because of gas. You can’t depend on finding fuel in a no man’s land, or a passer-by agreeing to offer you from his own vehicle.
Remember, a delay in one event causes a delay in all the following events. So, always keep some reserved fuel especially for long trips.
2. A couple of reflective triangles
Sometimes you can be forced to stop in between the journey, in the middle of a road, completely in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes it is forced due to a malfunction in your car or several other reasons.
Whatever the reason is, it is your obligation to warn other traffic participants, to adequately secure yourself, and others. Reflective triangles help you do just that.
3. Toolbox in your car
Most people here would argue that what is the point of having a toolbox when you do not even know how to use most of the tools? The thing is, whether you can use, or you can’t, is secondary. But the fact that you are prepared for the worst, is important.
For instance, when the car battery goes down, and if you have ignition cables, you can quickly start your engine. And you never know, you get lucky and a passer-by helps you with your mayhem, but this will only be possible if you have the right tools handy.
4. A regular first aid kit
Most of us think we are invincible, and that is right, we are supposed to feel that way, but in reality, we are not.
And even though I pray for your safety, at all times, to not need the first aid kit at all, I want you to be prepared for the worst. So make sure you carry some patches, gauze, and generic medications.
5. Phone chargers and power banks
When going for a road trip, always choose a vehicle with an in-built charging socket. We are living in the 21st century and phones have become a necessity for most of us. Whether for navigation or for recreational purposes, you just cannot have your phone run out of battery.
That being said, if your vehicle does not have a socket, carry a power bank, a higher MAH one is recommended.
6. Earphones and headphones
You wouldn’t always be behind the wheel, driving. And on road trips, sometimes you run out of topics to talk about with your friends, and all you want is to sit back and relax, with headphones plugged in, listening to your favorite music.
Not everyone has the same taste in music, so depending upon the radio and aux might not be wise. If you are willing to buy a new pair, you must explore the collection at Addicted to Audio – trust me, you will not be disappointed.
This is one of the most important accessories that you must have on your road trip. On dark cold nights, it will make your road trip nice, cozy and comfortable.
Treat this think-piece like a checklist, and I am sure you will come back with truckloads of pleasant memories!