Road Trip Essentials

Summer is right around the corner and for many, that means planning a vacation. We all know road trips are a fun and efficient way to travel, but sometimes your packing to-do list can get pretty long. Here are some of our road trip essentials for your next trip:

Let’s start with snacks. Snacks can make or break a trip, especially on those long stretches without exit signs. You’ll want to pack a variety: salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy. The more options, the better, but make sure to pack things that can be easily eaten on the go. Think hand-held like fruits, trail mix, or chips. You may want to throw in some candy for a quick sugar boost on the ride. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water in your drink cooler.

When packing for comfort, make yourself a little bag for the important stuff. You could bring fuzzy socks for when you want to kick your shoes off and get comfy or a sweatshirt for when it gets cold. Pack a small blanket and pillow if you think you may be sleepy riding shotgun for long hours. You can also put together a small cosmetics case for quick touches. Include Chapstick, eye drops, and lotion for when the car’s air conditioning starts to dry you out. Consider packing baby wipes and gum, too, for a quick refresh after sitting in the car. Toss in some shades for those long hours staring at the sun and make sure to pack a pain reliever if you think you may get a headache.

In terms of entertainment, bring along some car games for the family. They’ll keep everyone entertained, and if you get stuck in heavy traffic, they just might help with your sanity. A fun driving playlist is essential. Put all your favorites in one place for easy listening and sing-alongs. It is also a good idea to download some favorite TV shows or movies—but don’t forget the car chargers! It would be a bummer if the electronics started to die halfway through.

Lastly, bring along some safety items. Put together a first aid kit with some Band-Aids, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer. You should have a flashlight for emergencies and some trash bags for cleaning up the snacks. Make sure you and whoever else may be driving has their license available. It may also be a good idea to print paper versions of your directions—just in case you lose service.

Whatever you pack, we hope the road leads you to the beach this summer!

-  By Olivia Dimatteo, blog contributor for Garden City Realty

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