When it comes to long-haul vacation packing, it seems that a checklist is very appropriate so that you can get on the road and stay on the road!
The three valuable road trip car items we are sharing today are things we never leave home without, so we hope that this list of 3 good things to pack for road trips helps you too!
Road trips are so much fun, and being organized ahead of time is key.
Did you know that we often spend more money than anticipated by not having what we need with us?
You can stop overspending if you know which 3 items to pack in your car for every road trip, and you will be on the road with fewer stops.
Road trips are about spending time together, getting to a destination, and sharing stories, and they are easier if you pack for road trips and don’t need to keep stopping, right?
Truth: The longer the road trip, the more you need to pack. Without a doubt, we often over-pack, but along the way to different vacations, this over-packing has helped us with anything that has cropped up!
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A Long-Haul Vacation And Road Trip Car Items To Bring
How do you get from point A to Point B on your vacation? Do you use old-fashioned maps?
No way that means pulling over, reading, and navigating. Today’s tech makes traveling faster, easier, and more efficient, but you need to ensure that you have your tech with you.
If your car is not equipped with a navigation system and you are using your phone, you must bring a portable battery charger to keep your phone charged for anyone using their phone for guidance along the vacation pathway!
If your car does have a navigation system and you use Apple to run it, again, a charger will come in handy as your battery will die faster than you think.
#2 Another Item To Pack For Road Trips: Insurance Info
Bring your insurance information with you because you will need them if you are in a car accident or a collision.
With more and more drivers on the road, you’ll want to avoid any issues that might happen while traveling.
If You Are In A Collision While Traveling
It is a nightmare you never want to have to happen, but the reality is collisions while traveling happen.
In fact, while on a trip in Florida, a man teetered on the median above the water on a bridge and triggered bumper-to-bumper accidents in our path.
As we passed the mess, people were out on the bridge and were not supposed to be, it was a mess, but we were being urged to drive by as we arrived after this had all happened.
Here’s what to do if you are in a collision while traveling:
- Make sure everyone is ok
- notify the local police (if possible)
- exchange insurance numbers (included in what to pack for road trips packing list)
- seek any witnesses and gather numbers and license plates
- Contact a car accident lawyer
A Bottle A Day…
As for an additional driver’s comfort item, consider bottled water.
Water bottles are the savior of on-the-road travel that gets messy.
Have you ever been stuck in traffic jams on the interstate? We have, and our disposable water bottles come to the rescue!
Sometimes exits are miles and miles, and other times the exits are inaccessible due to the accident location. Interstate and highway driving can lead to frustration.
Stuck on the road for any time allows thirst to kick in.
Water is key to hydration, and while driving and drinking water causes more pit stops, these water bottles become PRICELESS if you have little boys in tow while traveling and stuck in traffic.
A filled water bottle is perfect for drinking, and for parents stuck on the highway with nowhere for little boys to go to the bathroom, the water bottle can be the difference between wet and dry seats! (oh please, we have ALL been there, done that!)
#4 Road Trip Car Items You Might Not Consider: Cash And Venmo
Laugh as you may but do you know how many people road trip without cash or Venmo?
If you need a tow or help along the highway, tip money is always nice for pushing things along.
Some stops along the more remote highways do not accept credit cards or PayPal or Venmo, so travelers should be warned.
When you find some of these little side road areas that offer great ‘finds’ or treasures for your trip, credit often does not work; these are small family businesses crushing it on cash payouts, so don’t pass up your potential find!
You see, there’s much to consider before packing up and leaving. Enjoy the ride, and bookmark my tips! DANA XO