At some point in everyone’s life, it’s essential to head out on a life-changing epic road trip. Gather up a couple of friends or pile your family in the car and head out to the horizon along the legendary highways and byways of the U.S. There is nothing more exciting or that has the potential for making stunning memories as hitting the streets for a road trip.
It doesn’t even matter where you are heading or if you haven’t chosen a particular destination, the road trip is a right of passage that everyone should experience at least once. Although the best road trips are often borne of spontaneity, it’s still a good idea to do a bit of planning before you leave.
Your car might already be outfitted with the coolest gadgets like undercarriage lights and a sunroof to let the sunshine in, but there are a few other things to plan for as well. Let’s take a look at the top five essential items that you should have with you to make your road trip an epic adventure that you will never forget.
First Aid Kit
You never know what can happen when you hit the open road. It’s important to have a small first aid kit for your car so that you can deal with any cuts, scrapes, minor injuries or infections. Make sure that your kit is properly supplied with antibiotics, bandages, a flashlight, gauze pads, burn cream and painkillers. A multi-tool or swiss army style knife is a handy addition to any first aid kit.
It’s easy to make a wrong turn when you are having fun. Visiting parts of the country that you are unfamiliar with can be a challenge if you don’t have the proper guidance.
Make sure that you install or enable a GPS system in your car to help you stay on track. A good GPS unit can also help you find gas stations, accommodations and alternative routes, making your trip much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Accidents happen even when you are well-prepared. Before you go on a trip make sure that you have all your insurance details on hand especially your car insurance. This is the most essential since you are taking your car.
It’s no fun to have a breakdown on the side of the road. It can make things worse if you are in an area of the country that you aren’t familiar with. If you don’t already have emergency roadside coverage, it’s a good idea that you find a package that will protect you during your trip. Make sure that your emergency services include towing and locksmith services.
You may be tempted to capture the beauty of the road on video as you travel but, we all know that using your smartphone or a camera while driving isn’t the smartest or most legal idea. There are many states that now hand out pretty hefty fines for using a cellphone while driving. Invest in a video dashcam to capture the scenery as you drive, capturing your memories on the road.
Heading out for an epic road trip whether you are on your own or joined by family and friends can be an amazing adventure. Make sure that you are prepared for the unexpected and add these five essentials to make your road trip an adventure that you will never forget.