- Sunscreen: Sunscreen is always a good thing to bring on a road trip. You may not realize it but the sun’s rays can burn your skin even through the glass of your vehicle.
- Water: Always have extra water with you. In fact, I would suggest bringing an entire jug or case of water. If you get stuck on the side of the road, you always want extra water to drink. My Dad always said “Never go out into the wilderness without water.” We always have a case of water bottles in our cars.
- A blanket: A blanket will always come in handy on a long trip. Not only for being cozy while you nap in the car but incase something happens. If you get stranded at night you’ll want to keep warm, if you get stuck in a snow storm, you’ll want the warmth, even if there is an accident a blanket may come in useful. You may even want to bring a pillow to go along with it.
- Towels: Bring an old towel to lay on if you need to change a tire or clean up a spill. Towels come in handy when you are on a long road trip.
- Car oil: Most people wouldn’t ever think of bringing along car oil, but when you are on a road trip in a vehicle, you need to prepare for anything and everything. Keep car fluids in the trunk in case you need them in a desolate area.
- All Documentation: It is inevitable that at some point during your road trip you are going to need proof of insurance, registration, and your license. Make sure you have all these items before you hit the open road. If you are crossing boarders make sure everyone has a birth certificate or a passport.
- First Aid Kit: Whenever you travel anywhere, it is important to bring along a first aid kit. Check that it has band aids, ointment, and wraps. The more you think of, the easier it will be to take care of an accident. Even if your trip is short, it’s better safe than sorry.
- Medication: If you want to be prepared for everything, make sure you take Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and an antihistamine with you. If you have children with you, pack the kids version of those medicines as well.
- Snacks: Snacks can be expensive at various rest stops. On top of them being overly priced, you may find that prices vary from city to city and state to state. To avoid expensive surprises, stock your car full of snacks for the trip. Bring along an ice chest for food that needs to be kept cool. Buying a bag of ice to keep the ice chest cool is inexpensive.
- Toilet paper: You can always stop at a gas station and use the toilet, but that doesn’t guarantee there will be toilet paper. When you need to go you can always have something to wipe with.
Road trips are a great way to create fun memories with your family and friends. Traveling in style with an awesome car from Ames Ford can also make it fun.
What other items do you bring on your road trips? We would love to know in the comments below!