When it comes to road trips, getting there is half the fun. Sometimes the memories made on the road are even more special than the ones made at the destination.
Whether you’re hitting the road with friends, or family, or taking a solo trip, here are six travel-essential tips on what to pack for your next adventure.
What’s a road trip without snacks? When it comes to snacking on the road, it’s always best to opt for the least messy and easiest-to-eat options.
Maybe don’t bring the cheese puffs (hello, orange fingers) or those crunchy granola bars that always seem to leave behind an endless amount of crumbs.
Here are some of the best road trip snack ideas to keep things simple and mess-free:
- Banana chips
- Trail mix
- Peanut butter-filled pretzel nuggets
- Chocolate covered nuts
- Baby carrots
Make sure you pack a variety of both sweet and salty things to satisfy all your cravings.
For easy access, bring some paper cups to put snacks in the cupholder so the driver can safely snack too!
You’ve probably heard the saying that it’s better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it. An emergency kit is something you should always have in the trunk of your car, whether you’re road tripping or commuting to work.
This might sound weird, but just like with emergency kits, it’s always better to be prepared for everything. You’d be surprised how many rest stops fail to refill their toilet paper on a regular basis. If you’re making a bathroom stop, bring some toilet paper with you, just in case!
Whether you’re going camping, staying at a hotel, or you’re a passenger who just wants to catch some z’s on the road, earplugs are a must.
Wherever you’re headed is probably going to be a different environment than you’re used to. This means there are likely to be some new sounds that could keep you up. Pack some comfortable earplugs just in case, and sleep like a baby.
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Create a fun road trip playlist or several, of your favorite driving music. Preferably upbeat songs that will keep everyone energized and not falling asleep as soon as you hit the road.
Try downloading some interesting podcasts in advance that will keep you entertained for hours.
If you’re with other people, choose podcasts that you know would make for great conversation. You can always pause for commentary and discussion, making it a great way to keep everyone engaged, even the moody teenagers.
ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU
If you were waiting for a sign that says to take that road trip you’ve been dreaming of, this is it.
So, get out there and enjoy the wide-open road, good music, and good company.