3 Things You Might Forget to Pack for a Road Trip

You’re about to hit the open road for a weeklong trip. The car’s all gassed up. You have the best snacks and music all picked out. Lastly, you’ve saved every address and phone number you need in your phone. However, as with most trips, you keep feeling like you’re forgetting to pack something. It might be nothing, or it might be something that could make or break your road trip. Some items might seem rather obvious to keep in your car, especially for a road trip. It goes without saying that it’s always important to you have the best materials available to keep your road trip fun and safe. Here are three things you definitely shouldn’t forget to pack for a road trip.

Carry a blanket and warm stuff

For those living in northern countries or states, it might seem obvious to keep warm clothes and supplies in your car. This is an important wherever you live and travel. Nighttime temperatures can often drop, even in the hottest of locations, and you never know if and when your car might break down. In that case, you might find yourself pretty happy to find that you have things to keep yourself warm.

Gloves, a hat, a scarf and a jacket are all important to pack in your trunk or under the seat. They don’t have to be something that will take up a lot of space. As well, a blanket is never a bad idea. Some blankets can get take up too much space or not provide enough warmth. A blanket made of fleece fabric can give you the warmth and weight you’re looking for. Ensure that you have what it takes to stay warm and save space if needed.

Woman taking photo of landscape in Indonesia; pack for a road trip

Bring food and water

You’ve already figured out your snacks and drinks to bring along. But your car should already be stocked with non-perishable food and water for emergencies. It might take up a bit of space in your trunk; but in an emergency you’ll be glad you have it. Consider packing a case of bottled water in your car to keep for those emergencies. Or, use a larger water container, filling it up at the start of every trip. As for food, pack for a road trip sealed and canned goods that don’t perish. It’s the best way to make sure you have everything you need in an emergency.

Must-pack for a road trip: Atlas and maps

Everyone today relies on navigation apps or GPS to find their way. You never know when you’re going to lose cell service, or your GPS might break or run out of power. In moments like this, it’s helpful to have a map of the location you’re traveling to. But more than that, it’s also important to have an atlas or larger map. You’ll have information about the larger area in which you live or travel.

Maps and atlases are easy to store and will be priceless in an emergency. If nothing else, you will be able to find your way to the nearest town or city for help. Additionally, you never know what you might find on a local or area map. What would have escaped your notice had you gone with information solely found on the internet? You might even find a hidden gem you never would have visited otherwise.

Whatever country you’re road-tripping in and wherever you’re going, it’s always a good idea to be as prepared as possible and pack the right things. You might think that accidents and broken down cars happen to everyone else. However, that’s exactly the kind of thinking that will get you into trouble one day. Instead of taking that risk, do a few things now and before every road trip to ensure that you will have the safest and most fun trip possible. After all, the best vacation stories are the ones where you’re having fun, not where you’re stuck on the side of the road.

About Kevin Devoto

Kevin Devoto is an avid outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. He enjoys writing about sustainability, eco friendly behaviors and local travel. He has traveled all over the world but has taken a particular interest in our great National Parks.

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