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When we head out on a road trip, I like to keep things packed to a minimum – especially if we are driving one of our vintage cars. Although, there are some things which always make the cut. These items we’ve found to be essential to having a positive and successful trip. Today I am going to share with you what those ten must have road trip accessories are.
As you might know, we love to road trip! During the summer months we spend as much time on the road as we can. Over the years we have found that less is more – and that preparation for a road trip is key. We have also done this enough times that I have a pre-programmed list of essentials to pack in my head because often I know what lies ahead of us (mostly – there are always surprises). Since I have ran through this list with a fine tooth comb, I wanted to share it with you. These are the most important accessories I make sure to have on hand for every single road trip we take.
You’re Gonna Wanna Have These – Road Trip Accessories
- Cleansing Wipes – oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how often we use these on the road! We often make a ton of stops to see retro roadside art or to visit a park, so when it comes time to grab a snack in the car it’s essential to have a cleansing wipe available to clean that dirt off our hands. These also work wonders for after lunch face cleaning or for wiping down our cell phones once in awhile <–those babies can get pretty dirty.
- Sunscreen/Bug Spray – Since being in the car for hours on end can be difficult, we always break up our road trips with fun stops. Sometimes these stops aren’t planned, but instead we drive past a billboard and have to check it out. Having sunscreen and bug spray readily available has allowed us to be more spontaneous while keeping our skin covered.
- A List of Noteworthy Stops – Most of the time it can be difficult to know what attractions or historic stops are along your route. I always take the time before hitting the road to map out a few stops to make along our route. RoadTrippers is an awesome app/website for finding stops – plus you can adjust to distance off your route you are willing to travel for stops. I always make sure to print my itinerary off because cell phone service isn’t always available and the app hasn’t always been reliable for me.
- Travel Apps – Travel apps are essential to any road trip – they can help you find a gas station, a place to stay, things to do or check out restaurants before walking in. Some of my favorites are TripAdvisor, RoadTrippers, Yelp.
- Portable Charger – I cannot tell you how many times my portable charger has saved me while on a road trip. I tend to take a lot of video and photos with my phone while I am out so I keep my charger in my purse for whenever I need a battery fill up. This is the charger I use and after 2 years it is still going strong.
- Snacks – Snacks are important because finding a place to eat on the road can sometimes be a chore. I always make sure to pack healthy snacks so I don’t feel crumby. A few of my favorite things to pack are trail mixes, individual containers of blueberries, tuna fish packets and water.
- Books – If you aren’t driving and don’t feel like looking out your window anymore, the time spent as a passenger in a car can offer you a chance to catch up on your reading. In fact, this is probably about the only time I get to read – it’s quite nice. Also, besides reading books – having a travel journal to jot down thoughts is also something I enjoy.
- Travel Potty – Seriously, if you have kids, this can be a lifesaver! When my kids were little we bought this travel potty off amazon and we have used it for several years. There are several times on a road trip when our kids will need to use the bathroom only to find out that there isn’t a bathroom for several miles. With this little potty we can make a quick stop to pee just about anywhere we are. I can’t say I haven’t had to use it once or twice either.
- Keep Busy Bag – I created one of these bags for my kids when we first started traveling and each time a holiday is over I stop by the store to fill it back up with all of the clearances out goodies on the shelves. Basically it is just a bag of things to keep kids busy – read more about it here.
- Garbage Bag – We don’t leave the house on a road trip without first packing garbage bags. For some reason we tend to accumulate a lot of trash on the road and it is so much easier to just empty the bag at rest areas than try and pick up all of the pieces from the floor after our trip. Besides a clean car is much nicer to spend time in.
Do you have any “must have” accessories you always take on your road trip adventures? Tell us what they are in the comments.