I love to drive. It’s my preferred method of travel…I know, you can’t drive across the ocean, but there are a lot of places I can see and access with my feet (and wheels) on the ground! These are my road trip essentials. I wouldn’t dream of taking a road trip without these must have items.
I realized when I was getting ready for my most recent road trip that my packing and process were so simple…it hit me: I’ve reached my maximum efficiency when it comes to road trips! It was a very cathartic moment for me. Now I’m going to share those road trip essentials with you so that your next journey on the road can be a great one!
Road Trip Essentials
My first concern is always my podcasts. I have several that I listen to regularly so it’s not an issue. I queue them up and have them ready to go. In the car I can listen to my favorite characters and enjoy the episodes without interruptions. I like to go back through my favorites and re-listen as well!
This trip I caught up on four episodes of My Favorite Murder. True crime for the win!
Protein packed snacks always make my packing list of road trip essentials. Hard boiled eggs, turkey jerky, gluten free pretzels, bottles of water, and some lightly sweet tea are my go to choices. I’ll stop for meals but when I need a snack I keep a bunch of choices on my front seat in a crate. If I have company I keep them in the back because what kind of co-pilot can’t get those for me?!
Stopping might seem counterintuitive to your road trip but believe me, there’s no more important road tip essentials than movement. Get out of the car and take a walk. Do a quick jog, jump around, wiggle, dance, do what you must.
Moving around keeps the blood pumping and it will help you stay alert and focused on the road. Movement is one of the best ways to be sure that you aren’t getting bored or tired behind the wheel. For safety I like to stop pretty frequently (every few hours) for a bit of walking around!
You know me, I’m all about the essential oils for natural remedies lately. I’ve had great results with my doTERRA choices and my road trip essentials list wouldn’t be complete without some EO selections.
This time around I had purify and elevation blends in my essential oil vent diffusers. They’re cheap and easy to get right here from Amazon.
They’re a great way to keep the car filled with my favorite uplifting and energizing blends. They also help stave off sickness that can set in when I’m spending a lot of time on the road.
Hello truck stop bathrooms, meet my OnGuard blend and it’s power to defeat your disgusting bacteria!
Please hear me when I say that car maintenance is the number one concern you should have when it comes to road trip essentials. You can’t go anywhere if your car is a mess! I’ve rented cars in the past because I slacked on maintenance on my own vehicles.
Last year I was leaving for a weekend trip to Montauk, NY and I ended up renting a vehicle for the trip because I hadn’t gotten new tires on my Tiguan. Better safe and than sorry. I got a sweet deal on a brand new Camry from National Car Rentals and it ended up costing me less than I would have paid in gas to go one way in the VW! It worked out.
You should check in advance to see if you can save some money and wear and tear on your own vehicles by renting!
If you aren’t into the whole podcast scene then I’d definitely recommend planning ahead for some music. I have several subscription services like Apple Music and SiriusXM. I can listen to my favorite music, check out curated playlists, or plan in advance and build my own stations and playlists.
If you are hitting the road alone, one of your road trip essentials will be music to keep you entertained, focused, and on track.
Some of the best road trips I have ever taken were a success because of my partners! If you have the option of taking someone along, do it! After all, it’s not going to cost much more to drive two people to the destination as it will to drive one!
You can even make a business out of it by taking along some company that needs a ride to your intended destination…think big!
I can’t do anything without a plan. I have to plan. It keeps me calm and prepares me for anything! I can accomplish anything if I have a plan in place. When it comes to road trip essentials I can’t stress this enough: make a plan. Even a loosely laid plan can help you make sure you’ll have enough money, time, energy, and more.
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Looking To Save Money While Taking A Road Trip?
Here are some quick tips for saving money while on a road trip!
- Skip the truck stops and rest areas. You can get a better deal on just about everything one exit before or after with the same choices for food, gas, and shopping!
- Don’t wait until the last second to fill up. Look for good deals and stop for in-between fill ups!
- Pack your snacks. Stopping for meals is inevitable but you can get good deals at grocery stores on your must have snacks.
- Get an Easy Pass if you are going to be on toll roads! You can save something like 35% on the total cost of tolls with a subscription that auto pays with your bank / credit card info!
- Stay with AirBnB instead of hotels! You can use this link to learn more and save on your first trip. I love them for a more personal experience but let’s face it, I like to save money more than I care about that! All I need is a bed, a shower, and some wifi!