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How to Prepare Properly for a Long Road Trip

How to Prepare Properly for a Long Road Trip

If you are a free spirit and a lover of journeys, there’s nothing more appealing than the thought of going on a long road trip.

2020/04/17

If you are a free spirit and a lover of journeys, there’s nothing more appealing than the thought of going on a long road trip. However, don’t let excitement stand in the way of proper preparation. A city-break is one thing, but when you’re away for a long time, you need to pack properly. Here’s what you should take with you on a long road trip.

Portable Charger

There is nothing more frustrating than running out of battery when you are on a trip and you want to take a photo, or you need to reach out to someone back home or send an urgent email. A portable charger can help you prevent any of these unpleasant situations.

Since we live in a connected world where smartphones are indispensable, so are portable chargers in any type of journey you’re about to take.

First Aid Kit

You never know when you get hurt or cut or someone else you encounter during your trip needs assistance. A first aid kit is something you definitely must have with you especially if you plan on traveling in remote places where a pharmacy, let alone a hospital, are miles away.

Travel Insurance

Better be safe than sorry. You never know what unpredictable events might take place during your journey; this is why it’s always better to get travel insurance before departure. You do have to pay for it, but in case of emergency, the benefits go far beyond the cost you initially incur.

The more comprehensive the insurance is and the more types of circumstances it covers, the better for you. You should also get informed on what type of risks each area you plan on visiting poses so that you know what type of insurance is better for you.

Emergency Kit for Your Car

You are not the only one who might need a first-aid kit, as your car can also get damaged along the way and it’s better to have an emergency kit at hand if this happens. You don’t want to make a desperate phone call or depend on the kindness of strangers if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.

With an emergency kit that’s equipped with tire gauges, hammer, reflective triangle signs, jumper cables, fuel transfer kit, and different other tools, you might be able to fix the situation yourself.

Car Seat Covers

You’ll be staying inside your car for most of the road trip going to your destination, so it only makes sense to make your car as comfortable as possible. Make sure that your car has quality and comfortable seat covers. It’s best to get tailor-fit seat covers so they perfectly suit the shape of the seats. Besides fully protecting the seat from stains and dirt, snug seat covers will not slip or slide as you move around or hop in and out of the car.

Waterproof Coat and Umbrella

Weather can always behave unpredictably, and you don’t want to have to spend hours in your car or hotel room because you are not well-equipped against rain. With a quality waterproof coat and a resistant umbrella, you can still enjoy the sights you’ve always wanted to admire, even in rainy weather.

Neck Pillow

This is an elementary item you should not forget to pack especially if you are going to spend long hours in your car. If someone else is driving or if you take a break for a nap, a pillow neck will help you sleep better, avoid neck pain and feel fresh once you wake up.

Travel Toothbrush & Toothpaste

If you travel long distances and you risk getting to your accommodation place long after the check-in hour, you might want to have a small toothbrush and toothpaste in your backpack. It’s always better to take these items from home than relying on the thought that you’ll be able to buy them at any time, anywhere.

Small Purse or Neck Wallet

Your money and documents should always be right where you are. If you keep them in your backpack or car, you know what the related risks are. Losing or having them stolen will more than likely ruin your trip. Therefore a small purse or neck wallet is always a good idea.

Repellents

If you plan on visiting wild areas or spending a lot of time in nature and even more so if you also go camping, you’ll need repellents against insects and maybe even against rodents and you can find out more about the latter in this article.

Now that you’re ready for your trip, start packing and enjoy the journey!

Laura Bartlett

Laura Bartlett

Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.