Whether you are traveling with your family or taking a solo trip these essentials will save the day! Prepping ahead with these essentials can really save you money and valued time as you are traveling. Remember, you pay for the convenience at gas stations, so be sure to bring everything you need with you to save yourself time and money while you’re on the road.
Packing your own snacks and drinks is a huge money saver! I pack a little cooler for drinks and any cold snacks. String cheese, dried fruits, and nuts, protein bars, crackers, chips, those are all great items to pack up. If you buy boxes of snack goods I recommend packing them up in single serve baggies, so everyone can grab one and eat it easy.
Make sure to pack essential medicines you might need. From Pepto to Ibuprofen to Neosporin and more. That way if anyone starts feeling yucky along the way, you have medicine on hand. I also pack some small trash bags in case someone gets sick along the way.
Blanket and Pillow
Generally, one or more people in the car will be freezing (in my family it’s always me) and the other people will be hot. Make sure to have blankets on hand for anyone who needs to cover up can. I also have a pillow or two for anyone who wants to rest along our long car ride.
Car Charger/Portable Chargers
I have forgotten our chargers before and learned from that mistake. If your kids have tablets, pack the chargers along with your phone charger. That way if you need to plug it in along the way you can, and you don’t have to worry about using your phone and the battery draining.
First Aid Kit
Make sure to pack bandages, alcohol wipes, and more. You can buy pre-made first aid kits or make your own. You never know if someone will trip and fall and skin their knee.
Proof of Insurance
I know this is a simple one, but I can tell you some people don’t think to double check they have it and the card isn’t expired before they head out.
Oil, antifreeze, power steering, are all great things to store in your trunk. If your car overheats you will be thankful to have items on hand.
Batteries can die without any signs. Having jumper cables on hand will help if you get stranded and someone comes to assist you. Then you can grab your cables and hopefully hit the open road again.
Make sure to have a paper mat handy in case your phone glitches or you don’t get service. That way you will have another alternative to find your way.
Games for Kids
If you have kids make sure to pack items like games, coloring pages, fidget spinners and other small toys to keep them busy along the way. I like to shop at the dollar section and buy fun toys for the kids so that they have something new to play with and keep them entertained. If they have tablets, download a new movie or fun new apps to keep their interest.
Tablets/Devices to stream your favorite show on Netflix
This one is pretty self explanatory, but keeping the kids entertained while you’re on the road is everything. Otherwise you’ll be hearing “are we there yet” every five minutes for the whole ride. Pro tip: Make sure they all have headphones or ear buds so they can each stream their own Netflix show.
If you are heading out on the road, these holiday road trip essentials will help make your car ride much more enjoyable!