This is the Only Road Trip Checklist You’ll Ever Need

Ready for the ultimate road trip adventure?

If you have got itchy feet and feel like it’s time you took a trip to get away from everything for a week or so, why not think about planning a road trip? It gives you and your friends the chance to travel on a budget, as you will find that it ends up being a lot cheaper than taking a beach vacation or heading away to a city break. Plus, you can keep the plans reasonably relaxed as you’ll be able to make up your routes as you go along. As long as you have some accommodation arranged for the evenings, it doesn’t matter how you get there!

There are just a few things to remember before you do head out on your epic road trip. Don’t forget any of the following.


The Car


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If you don’t have a car, there is not much chance you will enjoy a road trip! But even if you currently own your vehicle, you might want to hire a different one for the journey. After all, your current auto might not be suitable for all the mileage you plan to cover. If there aren’t too many of you hitting the road, one of these smaller SUVs might be ideal for you. They should be fairly economical as they won’t use too much gas, but you will still find plenty of space for all your luggage. If there is a large group of you, you might need a bigger vehicle so that you can all fit in!


Car Insurance

Whatever you do, do not head out onto the road without the necessary car insurance. This is a legal requirement and will ensure that you are covered and can receive financial help in the event of a crash or accident. More often than not, your insurance will be covered in the price you pay for hiring a car. However, if you use your vehicle, you will need to cover it yourself. You can often find the best deals for car insurance online.


Some Tunes

You’ll be out on the road for long periods, and there is no doubt that the boredom will hit at some point. So, you might want to create a road trip playlist before you do leave for your destination. Listening to some relaxing music will help you pass the time and provide your journey with a great soundtrack. If you don’t fancy listening to all that music, you might want to find some podcasts instead. Whether you are into comedy or politics, I’m sure you will find a podcast to keep you entertained for the whole journey!

Drinks And Snacks

Most people don’t want to make too many stops on their road trip, which can hold them up quite a bit. So, to make sure you don’t need to pull over every so long, make sure that you pack plenty of drinks and snacks. You won’t have to stop at the nearest service station because someone is thirsty or hungry.


An Emergency Kit

You can never tell when you may be faced with an emergency, so it’s always necessary to be prepared with an emergency kit in your car. That way, you can deal with any unexpected situations such as a road accident. There are a few different things you will need in this kit, including things that will help you carry out simple fixes on your vehicle. It’s also essential to pack a small first-aid kit, bottled water, snow shovel, and a flashlight.


Navigation Tools

Do you know how you are going to get to your destination? Even if you have a vague idea, it’s still a good idea to take a map or satnav device with you so that navigation doesn’t become too big a deal. Most smartphones now come with an inbuilt map software on them, so you should be able to rely on your phone to get from A to B. However, it’s still helpful to have a traditional paper map with you. After all, your phone might die, and then you will need a backup map to get you to your destination!


Don’t forget that you might need to take a few extra things with you on your big road trip, including blankets, travel pillows, and some bug spray. But as long as you have all of the items above, you should have all the necessary basics. Enjoy your trip! 



Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!