Last week, we blogged roadtrip resources, a list of websites that can help you plan your motor trip. But there's another part of road tripping that's just as important as knowing where you're going, what you're seeing or where you're staying. What to bring with you can make the difference between a good road trip and a great one. Here's a list of ideas, culled from many road trips both here and abroad...
- Phone Roam: Check your cell phone plan. And pack your car charger. We like the IGo, with its interchangeable tips, that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter.
- AAA one: More reasons to own a AAA membership besides roadside service: lodging and sightseeing discounts and Triptix, a personal print out of your itinerary, including a map.
- Car check-up: Have your car thoroughly checked. Don't forget your tire pressure (properly inflated tires can save your money in gas) and make sure your spare is useable.
- Emergency: Don't forget to include a flashlight, a hand crank radio, road flares, a whistle, a waterproof blanket, jumper cables and a first aid kid. For more information on stocking an emergency kit, click here.
- Injestables: bring plenty of water and snacks (nuts, dried fruit, and fresh citrus are all snacks that travel, and stay, well). Don't forget a pocket knife. For a longer list, click here.
- A travel blanket and pillow are good in case the non-driving passenger wants to catch 40 winks.
- Attire: Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing and shoes. Dress in layers.
- Wipes to clean up spills and for your hands and face.
- Easy listening: books on tape or cd or an IPod make long hours on the road zip by.
- Be prepared with motion sickness remedies. We like travel bands.
- A GPS or a good map if you don't have an IPhone/
- If you're traveling with children, be prepared with the proper car seats. If you're renting a car, check on them when you book your trip.
On the Road
- Get your kicks on Route 66: Get off the freeways and travel the back roads. Secondary or tertiary roads are often just as quick and are always much more memorable.
- Stretch: Stop every couple of hours to stretch, re-fresh and take a break.
- Now I lay me down to sleep: If you don't have reservations, start looking for lodging around mid-afternoon. If you wait until later, you may find yourself driving all night when it turns out everything's been booked up
Did we forget anything?
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