Are you planning a road trip with your family, friends, or significant other? Now would probably be a perfect time. Holidays are coming soon and things are starting to just open up for the first time since the past year. Not only that but the weather right now is beautiful. It is not too cold nor too hot and we have a great mix of rain, wind, sun.
If this has enticed you to go on a trip there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. You will be away from home, which makes it crucial that you pack all the essentials to make sure that you enjoy your trip and everything goes smoothly. From vital documents to snacks, we have got you covered with all you need to know when packing.
Important Documents and Items
You need to make sure that you have all the important stuff with you so that your trip does not get hindered. As you would be going around in your car on this road trip is it crucial that you have kept documents such as insurance documents, TEFL certificate, registration, and your license.
If you are planning to drive through and visit parks, you should double-check that you have packed the permits and passes that would guarantee your entry into such places. It would be a huge bummer that you drive all day to a state park, but are refused entry just because you forgot your pass.
Make sure that you keep a spare key in your car. The last thing we want is to get stranded in an unknown place without access to your own car! You should keep the main key with yourself and hand the spare key to another responsible person that is traveling with you.
Finally, you must keep emergency kits in your car. You never know when you might need a first-aid kit or torch lights and blankets. Another important thing is a windshield repair kit. Sometimes when going through mountains your car windshield might get cracked due to falling stones. To prevent the crack from getting worse, a windshield repair kit might come in very handy.
Although the world is starting to get control over the pandemic, we still need to be careful about where we go and what we touch. Therefore, we have to keep sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer with us at all times. It would take less than five minutes to thoroughly wipe your hotel down or minimally the handles of objects you are going to touch like door knobs.
Make sure you also pack an ample supply of face masks so that you are always can cover your face when walking in highly crowded spaces. A small bottle of hand sanitizer would also let you stay safe when going into stores, shopping, meeting new people, or traveling through places where you are touching a lot of surfaces.
Entertainment on long trips is essential. However, you cannot be sure about your cellular services. Especially on freeways, your mobile signals seem to give out and you are left with no music or videos to keep you entertained on your long drive. Therefore, we suggest that you download your multimedia beforehand.
Download your Spotify playlists so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while on the road. Before sure to download some audiobooks as well. These are a great way to learn and hype yourself up about an area you are going to. For example, you might be visiting an area that is highly industrialized and has open access to the workings of a factory to tourists. A good idea would be to educate yourself on what is manufactured, how are these manufactured and what machinery goes into production. You might even learn about the best factories around and the industrial robots they use in their process.
Furthermore, you might also want to download some Netflix shows to entertain yourself before you go to sleep.
Finally, the last most important thing is that you need to pack out the snacks. These snacks would be able to provide you with ample energy to get through your trip when proper meals are not readily available.
Pack non-perishable food items such as meat/fish jerky and nuts. Trial mixes are also a very good snack for your trip. You can eat them in your car or if you choose to buy convenient and economical small custom reusable bags you can even take these snacks to your hikes.
If you decide to bring along perishable foods such as meat and sandwiches, be sure to bring a small cooling bag so that these items are safe from heat and moisture.
Water bottles and energy drinks are also a great idea. You never know where and when you might find water during your road trip, therefore, you must keep a lot of bottles with you in your car. Energy drinks would get you through the nights of driving or when you are completely exhausted.
Right now is the best time to get your urge of traveling out before the winters hit. Therefore, you should grab your loved ones and set out on an adventurous road trip. All you need to be careful of is that you keep your important documents with you, grab some safety measures against covid, download your entertainment and finally keep a stash of your favorite snacks. With all these boxes checked, you are now ready to head out on your road trip!