Now that you have picked a place you want to go for your trip, you need to think about all the essentials you need to bring along.
It’s really up to you to pick exactly what you need to bring, but I’m going to try and suggest some things that are important to not forget, and maybe some things you have never thought about.
A lot of people would probably just push this one aside because they think they will never need them, but who wants to be stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire in the middle of the night during a rainstorm without any help? So for any trip where a lot of driving is inevitable, a simple emergency road kit might just be a smart option. Make sure to include the following when putting one together:
- A small blanket for warmth
- A first-aid kit and a spare tire
- Extra car fuses
- Jumper cables, roadside flares
- Duct tape, extra antifreeze and oil
- A few bottles of water and energy bars
This simple list can help you out if you are in a jam while on the road!
Food and Beverages
If you are planning on going to a warm place like Florida or the Carolinas, chances are you’ll not have the same grocery store options you do back home. A lot of the places I’ve been to on vacation only have a few general stores (the Outer Banks comes to mind first), which often jack up the prices of everything in the store that visitors need. With this in mind, it is smart to bring some food and beverages you can buy at home to save you a lot of money, not only from high store prices, but from the very high price of going out to eat.
Bring all your own leisure items, like bicycles, chairs and beach umbrellas. These can prove costly to rent, and are a good investment. If you are going to a camping area, bringing your own camping gear is of course a good idea, as whatever you rent or borrow many not be fully-equipped or fully-functioning.
Exercising on your vacation may be the last thing on your mind, but bringing along a pair of running shoes is a great idea. Going on a quick run in the morning will not only wake you up for the day, but can also give you some time to check out the surrounding area.
Of course some of you are just stubborn and don’t think you need the aid of GPS navigation, but most of us can really benefit from purchasing one. With many modern features like detour alerts, a GPS will probably prevent this from happening.
For some input on which GPS devices are the best check out some reviews here.
Being an AAA member has many benefits, besides the 24 hour free roadside assistance, they provide many useful services. You can walk into one of their offices and they will make a TripTik for you, which will detail how to get to your destination in a thick booklet, as well as places to see and go once you get there. Many discounts can also be achieved at certain stores and restaurants just by showing your membership card. For more information on pricing and the benefits of AAA, check out their web site
Whatever else you bring is up to you now! Be sure to read next week’s post from me detailing my own road trip. I will be embarking on my own trip this weekend, and will be back next week to deliver what went well, what happened and some tips for if you are ever in the same areas.