9 Essentials You Must Pack For The Perfect Road Trip

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All the things you need for a great road trip 

Ditch the mundane aeroplane travel and hop into that parked car in your driveway instead. See what the road really has to offer and plan your next road trip while taking note of our essentials for the road. 

The lure of the road is undeniably familiar as we grew up driving from point A to point B. But the difference about a road trip is the destination you set out for yourself and your car companions. The endless freedom and the unknown are exciting. Make driving no longer seem like a chore but something new and fun. Here’s what you need to know before you go on a road trip!

Road trip essential #9 – Music 

red neon writing reading no music no life
Music

Music will literally make your trip days brighter, and the road seems full of life with the perfect playlist. You and your travel mate will quickly get annoyed with the radio’s top 20 hits, so take the time and make the ultimate road trip playlist to keep you going. 

Road trip essential #8 – Snacks

Loads of packet of baked orange Cheetos perfect for a road trip essential
Snacks

This road trip essential speaks for itself. You will want to keep the car stocked with tasty snacks and nibbles to keep the long journeys more enjoyable. Make sure you stock up as much as possible before you go, as gas stations off the main highways raise the prices considerably for the same tasty treats you can find at your local grocery store. 

If you’re still looking for fun trip mates to join you on your adventure, check out JoinMyTrip, the coolest travel community there is! 

Road trip essential #7 – Febreze

a yellow neon sign reading fresh
Febreze

Keep your car smelling fresh on the road and invest in Febreze or small scented vent clips. It doesn’t matter how much you try to avoid funky smells on the road, you will encounter them. Better to be prepared and spritz them away! 

Road trip essential #6 – Magic Tank

The engine of a car great for a road trip essential
Magic Tank

Magic Tank is a lifesaving solution to extend a nearly empty gas tank. You can safely store it in your car and use it in any gas-powered engines. It is the perfect essential for the road in case you are stranded and the closest gas station is another town away. Please note, this is not a fuel substitute, only to be used in emergency situations.

Road trip essential #5 – Your cars manual

A book with lots of notes in it a must have for the perfect road trip essential
Your cars manual

It doesn’t matter how new or old your car is, it’s wise to keep the manual on hand. More likely than not, you will run into some car troubles while on the road. Whether it’s changing the tire or something more serious, it’s a great idea to have the manual on you.

Road trip essential #4 – Phone charger / USB cord

a phone charging with its cable onto a laptop
Phone charger / USB cord

Never forget your phone charger/ USB cord! This is essential for charging your phone on the road and playing your ultimate road trip playlist for your TripMates to jam to. 

Road trip essential #3 – GoPro or camera

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GoPro or camera

You are going to cover a lot of ground while on the road, and a lot of that will be scenery you will want to capture on a decent camera. Keep the memories alive and invest in a camera to keep your road trip days unforgettable. 

If you’re already in the mood to plan your next trip, do it on JoinMyTrip. Lot’s of fun travel buddies are waiting for you there! 

Road trip essential #2 – Maps.me

a map app on an iPad
Maps.me

Without this road trip essential, your road trip would be super difficult! Free map app that allows you to download detailed maps that can be used offline without draining your data. Win-win!

Road trip essential #1 – Toilet roll

a box of tissues
Toilet roll

You never know when you gotta go… Then spare yourself the uncomfortable stretches to the next rest stop and bring your own toilet paper. No joke, this is an essential road trip item that you need to keep in mind. 

There we are, lot’s of important things to remember for your perfect road trip. But we all know what makes a road trip really special is the people you take with you. Make sure to check out JoinMyTrip for the perfect road trip travel buddies.

If you’re still unsure about what makes a road trip really great, check out our blog. Here you will find important tips for the perfect road trip

Maybe you’re thinking of traveling in a campervan? Be sure to check out our blog to find out if a campervan road trip is for you

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Written by :

Mariellen

Adventure enthusiast & lover of life and coffee

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