3 Simple Must-Haves for a Smoother Summer Road Trip

3 Simple Must-Haves for a Smoother Summer Road Trip

Smith Schwartz
Jun 5, 2012

As we swing into summer, nothing welcomes the sunniest season better than a road trip. Whether you're heading to the beach, packing for a camping trip or heading down to your old roommate's wedding, lots us will be loading up the car for a road trip this summer. These days I'm so used to relying on my smartphone for everything from directions to entertainment, but there are a few other non-tech items you should be sure to pack up before you head out.

1. Road atlas. Sure, your phone or car's GPS system is fantastic and works almost all the time, but I've learned the hard way that it's worth it to have a paper backup on hand, just in case.

2. First-Aid kit. Throw this under the front seat for easy access. Most of us travel with an emergency kit for the car (Fix-A-Flat, blankets, flashlights, etc), but we don't have the odds and ends in the car for those minor human injuries.

3. Healthy snacks (and local junk food). OK, so this isn't a photo of amazingly healthy snacks you should pack with you, but it was fun junk food I picked up during a recent road trip through Panama. I usually pack an assortment of hummus, sliced and washed veggies, and if I'm ambitious, a sandwich or two. This means I can curb the fast food urge and not feel so guilty about stocking up on unusual local snacks from the gas station.

What are your must-haves for a summer road trip?

(Images: Smith Schwartz)

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