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What to Keep in Your Car for a Road Trip

So you’re planning a road trip. How fun! But before setting out on the highway, get prepared for the journey. No matter whether you’re heading to grandma’s house for the holidays or taking a weekend getaway, knowing what to keep in your car for road trips is essential.

Masks or Other Face-Coverings – Even if they are not required where you live or work, they may be in other areas as we fight the coronavirus pandemic. Be sure to have enough for each traveler.

Hand Sanitizer – This is a good item to have in your vehicle at any time, but especially so during the double-threat of the flu season and coronavirus pandemic.

Registration and License –  Never leave home without your registration, license, and proof of insurance. This paperwork proves ownership and liability coverage in case of a mishap. Your insurer may likely have an app available for your smartphone with the proof-of-insurance card, but consider you may be a bit rattled if you should get pulled over or are involved in an accident. Keeping a printed card in a designated spot – say, in an envelope in your visor’s map pocket – will keep this information readily available in an emergency.

Snacks – Eating on the road can get expensive. By stocking up on snacks before leaving, you can satisfy hunger pangs, no matter where you are on the journey.

Pillows And Blankets – Bringing pillows and blankets on a road trip is a must! They provide comfort for passengers who want to enjoy some shut-eye while someone else is behind the wheel. For smaller travelers, pillows and blankets provide security and a sense of “home” while traveling. We like the u-shaped travel pillow that hugs one’s neck, as it’s less apt to jostle out of place over bumps.

Paper Products –  Carrying tissues, paper towels, and a roll of toilet paper ensures you always have something to use to blow your nose and a way to clean up a spilled drink. If you grab food on the go, paper towels come in handy if the drive-thru attendant forgot napkins.

First Aid Kit –  You should always carry a first aid kit to be on the safe side. A basic kit contains a variety of first aid supplies, including a variety of bandages, iodine wipes, and other emergency healthcare items.

Spare Cash –  Having a little extra cash on hand in the car never hurts. If you need to use a toll road or pay for parking, your additional money helps to pay for smaller unexpected expenses along the way.

Games And Entertainment –  Games and entertainment help keep younger road trippers occupied. If your vehicle has a DVD player installed, pack the kids’ favorite movies and audio headsets for the ride. If not, a portable unit can work in a pinch.

A Map – This old-school navigational tool never needs a satellite hookup to get you where you’re going. If your GPS fails, you can rely on a new paper map.

12-Volt Car Lighter Inverter –  A car power adapter or inverter offers drivers the ability to charge or power other devices using the car lighter. Depending on the adapter or inverter, it can power or charge laptops, Smartphones, tablets, CB radios, GPS systems, and dash cams.

Ice Scraper  – Winter is just around the corner, so you’ll need this sooner than later. It’s better to be prepared in case you run into some wintry driving weather. So be sure to retrieve it from the garage among the ski boots, sled, and snow-fort-making supplies.

Enjoy The Drive!

Going on a long road trip is exciting, but it can also be tense. Driving in new, unfamiliar places can be difficult and lead to last-second decisions and other poor driving behaviors. Always pay extra attention when driving in new areas, and if you miss an exit, use your better judgment. Don’t make risky moves to make up for missing an exit.

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