Hands down, road trips are the absolute best way to go on a vacation without spending a lot of cash. When you can nix the airfare, you’ll save hundreds or even thousands. And you’ll get to know some amazing sights that are located just outside of your little corner.
While you’re saving cash on airfare, you may want to invest in some road trip essentials. Some items are crucial to the safety of your journey and others will just make your life a lot easier.
Stock up on the following essentials before your next road trip:
1. Cell Phone Chargers
Of course, you have a cell phone charger already. Get another one. When you’re on a road trip, your car will typically be packed and it’s easy to lose track of things. With extra phone chargers, you’ll also be covered if one breaks.
2. First aid kit
This should be fully stocked with things like bandages, scissors, gauze, tape, Tylenol, tums and Benadryl.
Not only would it be nice to cosy up in a blanket when you’re not driving, but blankets come in handy in the event you get stuck somewhere and have to wait for help. Let’s say you have a dead battery and it’s below freezing outside. That nice-to-have blanket just became an essential item.
You and your passengers may get thirsty at any time, but it’s good to have water for emergencies. You can use it to clean wounds or to drink if you get stuck for an extended time period.
You never know when you might need cash. Parking meters are usually still a cash only service, but you may find some food establishments, entertainment or other parking garages that only accept cash. It’s just a good idea to keep some cash on hand.
6. Cell phone mount
You’ll probably need your phone’s GPS on the road, so if you want to stay safe, invest in a good cell phone mount. It’s miles better than fishing around for your phone when you need a peek at the map.
7. Car organizers
Get a car organizer to put behind the passenger seat, so you can easily grab things like snacks and tissues while you’re stopped at a light. A trunk organizer can also help keep important items at-the-ready when you need them.
8. Toll tag or EZPass
If you’re driving around a U.S. state, you may be able to save a considerable sum by getting the state toll tag. This is a sticker or small device that you can register to automatically pay tolls. It’s convenient, but it can also save you money. Most tolls have a considerably higher rate for people without the toll tag.
If you take any medications, pack more than you think you’ll need. This may involve getting a refill at the pharmacy before your trip. Just do it. Road trips can often take longer than we plan, and you don’t want to end up in a dangerous situation.
As long as you pack the essentials, you’ll be ready for anything on your road trip. What essentials do you pack before a long journey?
Author Bio: Trevor is a freelance writer and a self-proclaimed “Travelholic”. He enjoys traveling to parts unknown, sampling local cuisines, and sharing his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him planning his next trip or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.