I love traveling and part of traveling for me and my family is road trips. Living in the Midwest is great because everything is about 4 to 6 hours away except for things on either coast. And since we are driving to the coast this summer our road trip will take longer than most. In this day and age when we can’t constantly be online it’s harder for some to travel in cars with no wifi (gasp! seriously you don’t need wifi 24/7 calm down.) Since it’s so long we have to pack all the essentials for traveling a long distance, and I am going to share my must haves for road tripping!
Books – Riding in a car for long periods of time is a great way to get some summer reading done! I have a bunch of books I want/need to read, but I am bringing ones that will be easy to read in the car/elsewhere. Currently I am reading B.J. Novak’s One More Thing, which is a great summer read. And if you’re not into reading this would be a great time to catch up on all your magazines.
Movies – If you are like my family and have a DVD built into your car, traveling can be a breeze. Just bring your favorite movies with you to watch and time passes by quick. We always bring family favorites, like Kicking and Screaming (seriously this movie is a God send), or rent a new flick from Redbox to mix things up.
Headphones – Crucial if you want some privacy or want to focus on something. During the school year road trips I bring homework so headphones help to drown out the other noises (talking, movies playing, etc.) or if you want to focus on reading a book. Honestly sometimes I don’t even play music I just use it to drown out noise, and these headphones are great for doing just that!
Snacks/Drinks – My favorite part of road tripping by far is the car snacks. I love to bring pretzel M&Ms and Doritos, but I like to keep it healthy too. We bring fruit and water in a cooler, and I like bringing nuts and granola bars as well.
Glasses/Contacts – If there is any sort of trip longer than an hour and a half, you can bet that I am going to fall asleep every time. No joke, I think it’s because I am moving and it lulls me to sleep? I don’t know what it is, but I always bring my contact case, saline solution, and glasses with my in case I want to nap. No one likes to wake up with dry contacts on, so if you like to nap in the car bring your contact case!
Blankets/Pillows – The nap saga continues and you want to be comfortable since you are traveling for such a long time. I always get cold as well so I am always curled up in a blanket on road trips no matter what the weather is like. But make sure you each bring your own because nothing is worse than not having a pillow or blanket when your mom or sister is happily comfortable and sleeping next to you.
Hope this helps for you road trippers! Stay tuned for a vacation packing list of what to bring when you reach your destination. Happy travels!