Road trips are about an every year occurrence for me. With so many people I love back home all spread out over NJ, NY, and now PA, it’s hard to make the trip and not have your own vehicle to get around and see people. Throw a cute dog in the mix (or kids if you have them) it’s almost easier to just drive in some situations. This list could be so extensive but these are just a few must-have items I need to have when I’m traveling by car. Hope it helps you out with your holiday travel. Or just anytime you find yourself in the car for hours on end; especially if you are driving solo.
If you have GPS already in your car, you may not need this. But even so, you may want to have your phone visible for calls. I don’t have GPS on my dash so I desperately need this one for directions. This mount is perfect because it stays in place and it keeps all of my phone’s screen easily visible. Plus, I’m not worrying about where my phone is all the time. The mount that goes on your dash has never worked for me so if you’re frustrated with your current mount, I highly recommend this one.
If you are an oil junky like me, you know the power of oils and how it can affect your mood and overall well-being. Driving long distance for such a long time can give me anxiety and I need to find ways to calm myself. If you are like me, an in-car diffuser might just do the trick for you. I use Young Living Oils and my favorite on the road is definitely Peace and Calm. If I’m nauseated for any reason, Peppermint can usually help calm my stomach. There is no worst feeling than being nauseated and knowing you can’t stop for hours. Not having the convenience of a bathroom around for miles is rough! Again for me, it’s anxiety inducing. On the flip side if you find car travel to be dry especially from having the heat on, a humidifier can help put some moister back in your car. For me, it’s been a life saver and I’ll never travel without one ever again.
I never leave without this, along with a comforter, sheets, and a pillow in the back of my car. You never know when you might be crashing at someone’s house or have an extra person staying and don’t have a bed. I’ve had to sleep on the floor of some peoples homes as a guest. It’s miserable and so uncomfortable. This way, I’m always prepared for the unexpected (and dreaded) scenario of having nowhere to sleep. It also takes some of the pressure off your host; knowing you aren’t sleeping on their hard ass floor. Heading on the road soon for long trip? Here is what you'll need! Click To Tweet
I don’t always pack food for the road but I always pack drinks for the long ride. Having a cooler to keep my beverage cool and refreshing is a must for me. I pack some waters and some soft drinks and it saves me time from stopping and money for that matter. If you are someone who likes to make sandwiches or salads ahead of time, a cooler is a must. When I’m driving solo, I keep it on the floor of the passenger seat for easy access. Never be thirsty on the long stretch of road again. Especially when you need that extra shot of caffeine to get you through!
I’m extremely guilty of eating in the car (and so will you be if you pack your own food). Especially if I have Leo with me and can’t take him into places. It’s simply inevitable that I’m going to get food on my clothing. Even when I’m not in the car I get food on myself sitting at a table. It’s frustrating to have a big stain on your clothing and no way to change your shirt or pants on the road. With the Tide to Go Pen, you’ll never have to worry about that again. Its like a magic eraser for your clothing. Just open the cap, rub the spot with the tide pen and BOOM, it’s magically disappears. Keep it in the dash or in your purse read to go.
Let’s be real, long car rides can get gross. Between pumping gas and accidents, your hands can feel so completely nasty and germ filled. When you can’t wash your hands, hand sanitizer is an absolute life saver. I personally use Thieves Spray by Young Living and I love it. It makes my hands feel instantly clean and the cinnamon spell is amazing and fresh. You can also use it when you are feeling sleepy behind the wheel. It makes me feel awake right away.
Books on tape… just use Audible.
Let’s face it, road trips are super boring, especially alone. You can only listen to music for so long before you start to go stir crazy. I need to keep my brain active or I will fall asleep or keep constantly asking myself, “Are we there yet?”. I love to read but I honestly don’t always have the time to do it. Listening to books on tape is a game changer. Audible makes it super easy with their app you can just plug and play. You can get a subscription which is super affordable. And with a 30-day trial you can see if you like the membership and better yet; you can buy books whenever you want. If you have an Amazon account (who doesn’t have an Amazon account) it’s even easier. Go online, sign in, get the book(s) you want and download to your smart phone. It’s that easy. I couldn’t make it without my books on tape and if you try it, you won’t be able to either.
For tips and essentials for road tripping with the kiddos, make sure to visit Kids n Comics Blog post here!
What are somethings you need on your road trip that I didn’t mention?
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