Road trips are fun, but often there are stressful moments that could be avoided altogether with a few additions to your packing and travel prep. Here is a list of my top 5 road trip essentials.
1. City Map App – When the car is parked and you’re out wandering the streets of a new and exciting city, it’s easy to get lost between the twists and turns that you take while exploring your new surroundings. A great app to help you navigate a new place is CityMaps2Go. Download the city map of your choice in advance, and access it on your phone when you get there. You’ll be able to find nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions to keep things simple and fun. Awesome perk: CityMaps2Go uses GPS to track your location on the map without using data, so it’s virtually impossible to get lost!
2. Healthy Snacks – When you’re on the move and have a jam-packed itinerary, snacking can get unhealthy pretty fast. Think ahead and pack health snacks to keep you fueled and healthy during the journey. I love snacking on Lara bars which have lots of fibre and protein. Fresh fruit and veggies are also a great option to munch on, so next time you see the supermarket, stock up with some apples, bananas, plums or carrots. Trail mix is a wonderful choice as well, to ensure you include protein in between meals, especially if you are on-the-go all day.
3. Add GPS to Your Car Rental – Where would we be without GPS? Being lost in the car, is the last thing you want when you’re just itching to get to your next destination. Adding GPS to your car rental is an absolute must in my books. Forget pulling over to ask directions, or making U-turns after driving 10 miles in the wrong direction. GPS is your new best friend!
4. Music – Sometimes the radio just won’t cut it and when you’re in a new country, you may not be able to find the tunes you were hoping for. Why not bring the jams along for the ride then? I’m a fan of Rdio.com which allows you to download music to your phone for a small fee each month. Create a playlist for your travels and play it while you’re on the road without ever needing data.
5. Reusable Water Bottle – Once you go through airport security, you have to say ‘goodbye’ to your water bottle, and then it’s up to you to buy a new one or wait for the flight attendant to come by with the drinks cart. Instead bring your own reusable water bottle and refill it after security, before you get on the plane, and in flight. It’s easy to get dehydrated while travelling so make sure you’re taking care of yourself. It will make your first day of travel that much sweeter!
Now that you’re prepped and ready to go, get out there on that open road and enjoy the journey. I’d love to know what your road trip essentials are so feel free to share in the comments below. What is it that you can’t travel without?