Packing for a road trip: the essentials

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Packing for a road trip: the essentials

If you’ve decided to ditch the luxurious all-inclusive holiday for a staycation this year to save money amid the current cost of living crisis, you’re not alone. With flight prices soaringdue to a lack of aeroplanes, a growing number of people are looking for an adventure closer to home.

If you’re planning a road trip, you might want to just get in your car and go. But there are a few things you need to pack for a seamless journey.

Luckily for you, we’ve outlined the road trip must-haves below to make sure you’re ready for your next trip – whether you’re heading for the rolling hills of the Lake District or the rugged coastlines of Scotland.

1. Navigation and safety gear

Firstly, it’s important to ensure you have the right navigation tools and safety gear. A reliable GPS and trusty, dog-eared map will keep you on the right track, especially in remote areas where the signal is patchy.

As much as we hate to think of being in an accident, it’s important to pack some safety essentials. As a bare minimum, you should pack a first-aid kit and emergency supplies like a flashlight, extra batteries and a multi-tool.

You should also pack a car safety kit with various items like jump leads cables and tyre repair tools. Keeping a spare tyre in the boot is a wise precaution for unexpected potholes, too. You can usually get the main car brands like Ford tyres at a local tyre store.

Remember to also keep your vehicle documents handy including your insurance and registration, just in case you’re stopped for any reason.

2. Supplies for comfort and entertainment

Comfort is key on long journeys. To make sure you’re relaxed for the entire journey, bring along some travel pillows, blankets and seat organisers to keep everything tidy.

If you’re planning an outdoor trip, pack some comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing that will make the trip more enjoyable.

Finally, if you’re going to be in the car for a while, make sure you’ve got enough in the way of entertainment to stop the journey from dragging. Create playlists, download podcastsand pack some travel games to keep everyone entertained on the road.

3. Prep your technology and gadgets

Before you head off, make sure that all your devices are fully charged. If you’re going on a long journey, it’s a good idea to bring along portable chargers or, if your car has power ports, just a USB charger.

To capture any memories along the way, make sure you have a good quality camera or smartphone that you can use to snappanoramic landscapes, scenic views or memorable moments.

Final thoughts…

Packing for a road trip doesn’t just involve throwing items into a bag. It’s about preparing for the unexpected while making sure your journey is comfortable and enjoyable.

Whether you’re exploring the majestic landscapes of Wales or various historic sites in England, pack the essentials to make sure you’re ready for whatever the journey throws at you.