Happy June, everyone!
After having moved across the country twice in the last year, I have gotten pretty good at road-tripping. Whether you’re going on a three hour or three day road trip, there is honestly nothing worse than being unprepared in the car when you’re multiple hours from home. It can be frightening and stressful to say the least. So, I have created a list of summer road-trip essentials for your future road trips!
Snacks – this may seem like a no-brainer, but the best way to save some serious cash is by packing food ahead of time. If you know you’re going on a trip, you know you’re going to need food. If you’re traveling by air, granola bars and trail-mix are a healthy go-to. If you’re traveling in the car, I highly suggest packing a cooler full of goodies, such as sandwich meat, pieces of cheese, carrots, grapes, etc. Instead of spending $10 on fast food, spend $10 on a cooler full of healthy food. I promise, you will feel better (and look better!).
Clothes – Always, always, always keep spare clothing IN the car with you! You never know when you’re going to spill your lunch or coffee on your blouse and then hate yourself for the rest of the trip because you look like a toddler who doesn’t know how to eat. Nike running shorts and a Forever 21 tank work just fine and can fit inside of your purse!
First Aid Items – I’m not saying you need an entire first aid kit, but someone always ends up sick or injuring themselves (at least in my family!) every road trip. Bandaids, Tylenol, Tums, Antibiotic ointment, and gauze are always good items to keep in your car, regardless of what you’re doing! Put these items in a ziplock bag and store them in your glove box and you’re good to go.
Cash – Depending on how long your trip is, you may want to have some spare cash tucked away in case of an emergency. I know some people feel uncomfortable carrying around $200 in cash, but it can really save you in the long run. Especially if your card gets declined because you forgot to tell your bank you were going out of town and they freeze your account due to suspicious out-of-town charges…Better safe than sorry!
Extra chargers – I really suggest buying an extra charger or two and tucking them in your purse. Especially if you’re exploring out of state, and you run down your battery on Snapchat and Instagram. Charge your phone at the restaurant during dinner and you won’t have to worry about having a dead phone when you go out later in the night!
WATER – Never underestimate the power of H20! Personally, I know I don’t drink enough water. I drink way too much coffee and seriously deprive myself of the liquid goodness that is H20. Pack a few extra water bottles in your car/bag. It’s especially important to stay hydrated when you travel. If you don’t, you’re just setting yourself up for a headache/stomach ache down the road!
I hope you found this list to be helpful. Happy road tripping!