Road Trip: Car Essentials

  • Before Trip: This should be obvious, however, make sure all routine maintenance is taken care on vehicle. Pack basic tools to use if something happens roadside. Does the car have a tire kit? Do not rely on road side assistance in case an emergency happens where there is no cell service.


  • Directions: Print out or bring a map of your destination. This only applies if the trip is to a new place. There have been times where I was on a trip and lost service for awhile which made me grateful to have an old fashioned map.


  • Main Packing List:
    • Blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal
    • Cash (not from purse) – bridge tolls
    • Coins (not from purse) – old fashion parking meters
    • Entertainment – road trip games, game systems
    • Gum – elevation change, aid popping ears
    • Headphones – backseat riders
    • Health
      • Alka Seltzer 
      • Feminine Hygiene 
      • Ibuprofen
      • Motion Sickness Pills
      • Tums
    • Phono Charger
    • Playlist
    • Nutrition
      • Snacks – protein based to prevent hunger + favorites
      • Water
    • Sanitizer
    • Sunglasses
    • Tissues
    • Umbrella – unexpected rainy stops

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