Essential Things You Need Before A Roadtrip

By Hand On The Hip - 4/03/2018

Now that the festive season is well and truly over it is always a good time to plan our summer holidays. However, if you want to take a break before the summer and enjoy some time with your family, a road trip can be a good option. A road trip is a good choice for a spring holiday because you can make it as long or short as you like, and you can also be flexible with where you go and what you do. If you are planning to head off in the car in the next few months, here is what you need to bring.

Food and drink

Before anything else, no one likes to be grumpy and hungry at any time of the day, especially when trapped in small car with other people! Make sure that before you head off on your journey you pack a bag win bottles of water and juice as well as snacks such as crisps, chocolate and biscuits. Keep this in the footwell of the backseat so that it can be easily accessed and so that everyone is able to enjoy some snacks on the road.

A map

Technology is a truly wonderful thing and we have some amazing capabilities these days to do almost anything we want. One of the things which most of us use when out and about is a sat nav, and these can be handy for pointing out diversions and speed cameras as well as leading us where we need to go. However it is also important to remember that you won’t necessarily always have signal to your car, and if you don’t this can affect your sat nav. This is why bringing a paper map as a backup is a good plan and it will ensure that if you do end up in a tight spot you have something to help you move on.

Blankets and Shoes

Driving in the car with your family can be a wonderful way for you to bond and it can be fun for everyone, but if you are on the road for quite some time everyone might become a little tired and cold. Make sure to have some blankets in the car for anyone who needs to wrap up and take a nap, and also bring extra shoes for if you need to stretch your legs after driving for a while.

A roof rack

When it comes to packing your car for a road trip; the smartest thing you can do is invest in a roof rack from Roof Racks DIY. A roof rack and box will make all the difference to your luggage loading because it will free up space in the trunk and allow you to bring more with you if you wish to.


Let’s not forget the final thing on this list… music and games. On the road it can be quite boring, especially if you don’t have any stops planned for a while. Make sure that you bring a great playlist for the car and also make sure that you bring along a tablet or phone with a movie downloaded onto it for the kids.
P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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