Going on a road trip can be so exciting. The cities, routes you will pass through, the stopover towns and the exciting sights on the way are some of the reasons a lot of people take road trips. But before you get overwhelmed about the idea and the sound of fun, try and make adequate preparing for your trip. You don’t want to be two hours in and then realise you didn’t bring along necessary things you will need on the way. Beyond making sure your car is roadworthy, we have a few guides that will help you pack the essential things you will need for your next road trip in no time.
CDs, Audio auxiliary cable
The last thing you want on a long ride is that dead silence that pushes one on the edge. Bring along a collection of your favourite CDs so you can groove to the music while driving. An audio auxiliary cable will also come in handle here. You can play songs on your music players such as iPod or even your phone using the auxiliary cable to plug it into your car stereo. With this, you can enjoy your delightfully organised playlist or audio book as you navigate your route to the destination.
Snacks and Drinks
Besides stopping on the way to eat proper meals, having snacks in the car is important for your road trip. Many people who have been stuck in Lagos traffic at one time or the other will testify that Lacasera and Gala are a great combination. This could be your treat. You can go for local snacks that you love. Try to pack fruits and you will need water to keep your body hydrated.
Smartphone, USB charger and Power Bank
People hardly go anywhere these days without these things but if you don’t already do this, you need to. Your smartphone is a multipurpose device. It is a quick access to maps, find out anything online and connecting with family and friends. Depending on the quality of the phone, it can also double as your camera for the trip. You can charge your phone and other devices in the car with the USB charger stick. The power bank will also help as power backup for your devices.
Pack the clothes you will need for the duration of your trip. Wear a comfortable cloth for the ride. Also make sure to have a jacket/ sweater around just in case the weather requires it. You might need a long length socks to protect your legs from mosquitoes or you can get mosquito repellent creams.
Travel with Buddies
Good company enhances every experience. Travelling with your buddies promises more fun and you can always take turns driving. While one is driving, the other can be taking memorable pictures of the scenery, napping or doing a sing-a-long. It could also be a good time to catch up with each other.
First Aids and other Essentials
Make sure to have first aids in the car in case of any emergency. Basic medicines like pain relievers, antacids, and any other personal prescriptions should be in a compartment in the car. With friends riding with you, you can bring along playing cards. Don’t forget to take a roll of toilet paper with you and your sunglasses.