If you’re planning a road trip, you’ll not only need to make sure your car is up to the job, but that you’ve packed the right things to make the journey as fun as it can be – after all, the journey is a big part of the holiday when you’re on a road trip.
So as well as getting a mechanic to give your wheels the once over before you leave – or you at least check your tyres are in good condition and correctly inflated, the oil and fluids are all topped up, and all lights are working correctly – here are some essentials you should pack…
Music and audiobooks
A long drive can quickly get boring – especially if you’re doing a lot of motorway driving – so make sure you pack the right type of entertainment to help keep your mind alert while you’re at the wheel.
So load up some of your favourite music and pick a couple of audiobooks to help while away the hours – make sure it’s something suitable for everyone in the car though, a 50 Shades of Grey audiobook may not be to everyone’s taste!
Snacks and drinks
It’s important to keep yourself topped up with food and water on a long journey as dehydration can lead to nausea and a loss of concentration which can have catastrophic consequences. So pack some healthy, easy to eat snacks such as fruit pots and energy bars and lots and lots of water.
If you’re feeling sleepy make sure you pull over and rest.
Books and DVDs
A long car journey can be dull for passengers, so make sure there is enough in the car to keep them entertained, particularly if you’re carrying children. Pack up travel board games, books and even games consoles to keep everyone happy, and portable DVD players should also keep the kids quiet for a couple of hours at a time.
Satnav and maps
When you embark on a road trip the last thing you want is to add to the long journey by taking a wrong turn and getting yourself lost. So pre-programme the route into a satnav and plan it out on a map as a contingency in case the technology fails or loses its signal.
First aid kit
It’s unlikely that anything bad will happen while you’re en-route, but it’s worth packing an emergency first aid kit including bandages, plasters, painkillers and travel sickness tablets just in case. It’s also worth packing some wet wipes to clean up any mess.
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It’s worth packing an emergency kit in case your car breaks down or you get stranded – so pack jump cables, a flashlight, spare clothing and blankets, drinking water, ice scrapers (if the weather calls for one), a shovel (in case your car gets stuck in mud or snow), and a spare, fully charged mobile phone.
You should also make sure you have sufficient breakdown cover before going on any long journey.
Plenty of imagination
DVDs, music and books and travel games only go so far and so you should also make sure you’re armed with some alternative games to play, especially if you have kids in the car.
So keep everyone on their toes with imaginative games like ‘fortunately/unfortunately’, ‘yellow car’, ‘road sign catchphrase’ and, if you’re really stuck for ideas, ‘eye-spy’.
Plenty of inspiration for your next road trip! If you have any go-to forms of car entertainment or useful advice for long journeys, then make sure you comment below and share your knowledge!
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