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Oct 17, 2014

What to Bring on a Cross-Country Road Trip

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Something about the changing of seasons often makes us want to go out and see new sights. One of the best ways to do this is to plan a road trip!

Road Trip Essentials

Road trips offer almost endless possibilities- from cross-country treks to seeing the big city to visiting friends and family or just letting the road take us where it will.

No matter what kind of road trip you are planning, there are certain essentials you will want to pack to make your drive as pleasant as possible.

  1. Paper map and GPS
  2. No matter how much you love your GPS in the city, sometimes it simply doesn’t work as well as you’d hope. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck on a country highway and having no idea where you are! If you are planning out a specific route in advance, mark the route on your map with a highlighter so you can easily find where you are and where you should be.

  3. Travel apps
  4. With the recent explosion in applications for smartphones and tablets, there is a huge selection of travel applications now available. From GPS-based apps to help you find good local food, or entertainment to weather apps that will help keep you prepared for anything, you are sure to find a host of useful tools for your road trip as well as plenty of games and puzzles to keep you entertained while you’re not driving!

  5. Lots of tunes
  6. Several good play lists are essential for a successful and fun road trip, so be sure to pack yourself plenty of music. Plan for different moods and focus mainly on energetic or upbeat music that will help keep you focused and awake even after you have been behind the wheel all day.

  7. Snacks, foods, and drinks
  8. Snacking is one of many people’s favorite parts of a good road trip, so be sure to bring along plenty of tasty (and healthy!) snacks to munch on along the way. And don’t forget the water as well. If you buy a skid of water bottles at a grocery store and load up a cooler, you can save a small fortune by not buying singles at gas stations and convenience stores.

  9. Comfortable clothing
  10. No matter where you are going or how far you are driving, you’ll want to be comfortable. A road trip is not the time for restrictive or tight clothing regardless of how good you look in it. Choose flat shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and keep a sweater or jacket at hand in case you get chilled. Dress in easy to remove layers for maximum comfort in any temperature.

  11. Camera
  12. Road trips are always full of great memories so don’t forget a camera, extra batteries, and spare film if you prefer traditional photography! Even if you are not one to take pictures every day, you will likely want to capture some moments on your trip.


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