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List of Things to Bring and Do for a Road Trip

A road trip is a fantastic way for drivers to see new places and try new things. Of course, it’s important to remember that when on a road trip, you will be away from home for a long time. Therefore, it’s best to put together a list of things to bring for a road trip so you are well prepared for both emergencies and fun.


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Prep Your Vehicle

Before planning your road trip, you first need a reliable vehicle. If your car is on the brink of breaking down, consider a different vehicle. Trust that your car will handle the road trip? Conduct regular maintenance as needed, such as checking your oil and topping off on gas and other fluids. Also, clean the inside as you will have to deal with any messes once you leave.

Pack Emergency Items

Whether your car gets a flat tire, you get pulled over, or if someone gets hurt, you need to be prepared for anything. Here are several emergency items you should always have inside your car, especially if you are taking a road trip.

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Car insurance policy and contact numbers
  • Owner’s manual
  • Roadside emergency kit with tools such as a car jack, jumper cables, reflective triangles, etc.
  • Tool kit
  • Spare tire
  • First aid kit
  • Spare cash
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Extra clothing
  • Poncho
  • Map or GPS system
  • Water and non-perishable foods

Bring Fun Things to Do in the Car

Of course, sitting in a car for hours can feel boring and looking at a phone or tablet is tempting. To encourage your passengers to sightsee and stay occupied, it’s a good idea to bring some fun things to do for when spending time inside the car. Here are a few examples:

  • Create a music playlist everyone likes
  • Bring toys for the kids
  • Enjoy delicious snacks and treats
  • Play Mad Libs or “I Spy”

Plan your Route and Activities

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Especially if you have young kids, you will probably hear “are we there yet?” on the way to your destination. You may also have your curious loved ones wondering what they will be doing once they arrive. Before setting out on your road trip, you should first plan your route. Which cities are you visiting and how are you getting there? Are you sticking to the highway or do you want to mix in some remote roads for sightseeing? How long does it take to get from point A to point B given normal traffic conditions?

In addition, plan your activities but be flexible. Research your stops to learn what is available to do so you aren’t trying to research when you are already on the road. Try to avoid doing activities that require you to be right on time unless you plan to be in that city at least a few hours in advance. Afterall, you never know when traffic gets backed up or you take a wrong turn. Also, plan some days throughout the trip for some relaxation in which you don’t have to drive.

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