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Road trips are pretty much a part of my heritage. My family is spread over the entire country, so as long as I can remember, my family would pack ourselves up and jump in the car. We’d drive for hours, even days. Now that I’m in college, I take road trips of my own, every semester, usually over twelve hours.
I guess you could say I have some expertise in this area. So I’d like to share with you what I consider essentials for my road trips, so you can enjoy them as much as I have!
Road Trip Essentials:
- Music – playing music can make a road trip much more fun! Usually I go for something fast-paced and upbeat so I stay awake more easily, especially when I’m supposed to be driving! Make yourself a playlist, and blast it all the way. (A few songs to start you off: Fine Fine Life by King & Country, Let You Drive by Manafest, Good Morning by Mandisa, and Feeling So Fly by Tobymac)
- Audiobooks – as much as I love music, audiobooks can make the time go even faster! And I love being able to keep up with my reading even on the road. I use Audible.com for $15.85 a month. I thought that was expensive until I discovered books I get with my monthly credits can cost upward of $50! The best part – you can get a free trial with this link. Actually, I’m listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on a road trip as I write this!
- Snacks – food is very important for road trips. It’s so much easier and cheaper to bring snacks and drinks from home. I recommend stocking up the day before on granola bars, sandwiches, water bottles, and anything you like to eat on the road. That way, you don’t have to make as many stops and you can still enjoy. In fact, you’ll be able to have what you want instead of settling for what you can find.
- Water – I mentioned this a minute ago, but it’s worth repeating. To paraphrase something my pastor said this week, “for whatever reason, when we’re in the car for more than half an hour, my kids think we’re in the Sahara Desert.” Again, getting a pack of water bottles will cut costs and keep you hydrated while you travel. Side note: you can apply many of these tips to air trips as well as road trips. However, I don’t recommend trying to get an entire pack of waters through airport security.
- Headphones and chargers – if you’re traveling with a lot of people, you may all have different tastes. Bringing headphones and chargers for individual phones and tablets will help you avoid a fuss. Be sure you have necessary adapters and such in order to keep things charged until you get to your destination.
- Jumper cables, extra fluids – the last thing you want on a road trip is a breakdown. Keeping brake fluid, wiper fluid, jumper cables, and whatever else your car requires will help prevent problems on the road. (cars aren’t my forte, so be sure you know what you need!)
- Camping equipment- if you’re traveling for more than one day and it’s in the summer, camping is a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel. This isn’t a necessity, but it would save money and could give you a fun experience while you’re on the road.
- Jackets and blankets – again: the more people involved in a road trip, the less likely everyone is to agree. To make sure you can stay cozy, keep your car at a pretty even temperature and keep something warm nearby where you can slip it on when you need to.
There you go – my list of road trip essentials! Can you think of anything you like to keep on hand when you’re on the road? Does your family take road trips? Let me know in the comments!