There’s nothing like a road trip with the girls to get you away from the stresses of your daily life. From singing along to the radio to stopping at all the odd attractions you find along the way, you’re sure to make memories that you’ll never forget. And no matter your destination, you’ll likely come back refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for any challenge that comes your way. It’s a great, budget-friendly way to get your stress in check.
However, before you get to the fun and games, you need to make sure that you prepare well. Your road trip’s success will depend largely on what you pack. So grab your favorite ladies, map your route and make sure that these 10 useful items find their way to your car:
Nothing sets the tone for your road trip like a good playlist. If you’re going to be on the road for multiple days, consider breaking up the tunes with an audiobook or two.
Stopping at fun cafes and diners on the route is half the fun of a road trip. However, if you stop every time hunger strikes, you may never make it to your destination! To keep your trip on track, pack a bunch of your favorite snacks for the road. While some sugary indulgences are a must, try to avoid the temptation to pack only junk food. A couple days of high-sodium chips and sugar-filled sodas will leave you feeling bloated and tired. Strike a balance by packing a few nutritious, high-protein options, like almonds and hummus.
A paper map may seem a bit outdated, but it’s a must for your road trip. While you will probably use a GPS system or a map on a mobile device, having a back up that doesn’t run on batteries will ensure that you don’t end up in the middle of nowhere if your electronics fail you.
4. Cleansing wipes
When you’re on the go for long periods of time, especially on the road, you’ll probably end up getting sweaty or dusty. Bring a pack of cleansing wipes so that you and the girls can freshen up at any place, any time.
On a road trip, you want to be able to make stops without falling behind schedule. Bring your favorite BABY-G watch so that when you stop to check out the world’s largest ball of thread, you’ll know when it’s time to get back on the road.
6. Hand sanitizer
As you’re out and about on your travels, you may not always have access to water and soap. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your glove compartment so that you can clean up even when there’s no bathroom in sight.
While you can use your phone to snap plenty of selfies along the way, pack a camera to capture those truly breathtaking moments you encounter. Those memories are worth preserving in a high-quality image.
8. Cardigan or shawl
When you have multiple people in a single vehicle, chances are that someone is going to feel too hot or too cold. To avoid being that person who begs to turn off the AC when your friends are burning up, bring a cardigan, shawl or other light outer layer to slip into. As an added bonus, you can fold it up and use it as a pillow if you don’t end up needing the extra layer for warmth.
9. Spare keys
The last thing you want is to be in the middle of nowhere and get locked out of your car. Make sure that you have an extra set of keys and give it to someone else on the trip for safekeeping. That way if you leave your keys in the car – or drop them off a cliff when posing for a scenic picture – you’ll have a back up plan.
10. First aid kit
Most trips come with their fair share of bumps and bruises along the way. While you’ll hopefully avoid any major injuries, it doesn’t hurt to have a few essential first aid supplies on hand. Pack bandages, pain relievers, cough drops and any other items you think could be useful.
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