Summer Road Trip Essentials

Summer is officially in full swing, and if you haven’t yet made plans for an epic summer adventure, why not consider packing up your car or RV and taking a road trip? Hopping behind the wheel and exploring new and unknown destinations can be a thrill ride with lots of memories, and best of all – it’s a vacation that can be done on a budget. 

If you’re considering taking a road trip this summer and need a boost of inspiration, here are a few essentials you’ll need before you hit the open road: 

Snacks and beverages. 

Packing your own snacks and drinks before you go is a clear money-saver while you’re on the road, and they’re also essential in case you wind up off the beaten path where there aren’t a lot of amenities or travel stops. It’s also a good way to keep nutritious snacks in your rotation, such as dried fruit, jerky, protein bars, or trail mix. Shop for these items at a big box store like Costco or Sam’s Club to save even more money. 

Weather-appropriate clothes. 

Once you have an idea of where you’re going, look up weather forecasts ahead of time so you can pack accordingly. Even though summer months generally have warm, mild weather, you never know what the elements can bring, so also pack coats, umbrellas, and appropriate footwear.

First aid kit. 

It’s smart to be prepared for any scenario when you’re on the road, including minor injuries. Keep a first aid kit in your car or RV with all of the basics, including over-the-counter pain medications and antibiotic cream. 

Sunscreen with high SPF. 

The sun is strong in the middle of summer, and sunburns are a quick way to set back a vacation. Make sure you’re using sunscreen on your skin, especially your face and lips, and use plenty of it!

Extra phone chargers. 

It’s the 21st century, and for better or for worse, our mobile devices are a huge part of our lives. And if you find yourself lost, you want a working phone so you can use GPS to get where you’re going. Make sure you have both charger cords and backup battery packs that are fully charged before you hit the open road.