Happy Friday everyone! It’s going to be an exciting weekend for Canadians as we’re celebrating Victoria Day. Victoria Day is a federal public holiday that lands on May 23rd this year, which means Canadians are gearing up for a long weekend. For many of us, we like to take this opportunity to head out of town, see the mountains, and reconnect with nature.
Preparation is key to a smooth and successful trip. Whether you’re planning on hitting the road this weekend or this summer, I’ve compiled a list of essentials that have been very helpful for me during my travels. Here are 13 road trip essentials.
1) Important Paperwork and Documentation. Before you hit the road, make sure that your paperwork and documentation are readily available and up to date. This includes your license, registration, and insurance policy.
2) Emergency Kit. Every car should be equipped with an emergency kit. Depending on the length of your road trip, you may choose to reduce or double the number of items in your kit. Items such as a first aid kit, batteries, non-perishable food, and water are an example of some items that should be readily available. Visit my post ‘8 Emergency Essentials You Need for Your Car’ for more.
3) Medication and Supplements. Don’t forget to bring necessary medications and supplements on your trip. You can also have pain killers, allergy medication, and antacids handy just in case.
4) Charge Your Devices. Make sure you have all your devices charged before you head out. Whether you’re using your devices for entertainment, reading, music, or as a GPS, it’s important to have everything charged beforehand so you’re able to utilize them. You may also choose to bring a portable charger for your devices in the event you or someone in your group needs it.
5) Stay Hydrated. It’s very important to stay hydrated, especially during a road trip. Encourage everyone to bring a reusable tumbler filled with water. The great thing about reusable tumblers is they have temperature control. You can save space in your car by leaving behind your cooler knowing that the tumbler will keep your drink nice and cold all day long.
6) Fill Up. Fill up your tank before you start your trip. While you’re at the gas station, be sure to check your tire pressure as well. (Most stations in Canada offer this service.) If you’ve got a gauge at home, be sure to check the pressure before you head out.
7) Snacks. Snacks are the best part about a road trip and depending on where you’re going, there may not be a place to eat for miles. I tend to make a trip to the grocery store several days before my trip to save time and money. If you haven’t planned that far ahead, you can pick up some snacks before you make your trip.
8) Napkins, Wet Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer. With all the snacking going on in the car, you may not always be able to find a place to pull over to wash your hands. Keep yourself and the car clean by having napkins, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer handy.
9) Trash Can. To ensure maximum comfort and cleanliness, be sure to have a trash can handy. You can bring a small waste bin from home and tuck it by your feet, or simply just use a small trash bag.
10) Extra Clothing and Accessories. When it comes to trips in general, it’s important to expect the unexpected. I often carry a tote with a pillow, blanket, hat, t-shirt, sweater, rain jacket, umbrella, and socks. I also encourage everyone else in your group to do so as well. In the event the weather gets too hot or too cold, you can still enjoy your trip knowing you’ve packed some extra clothing.
11) Personal Hygiene Kit. Carrying a personal hygiene kit may or may not be necessary depending on the length of your trip. However, if you plan on carrying one, a few examples of what you can include are facial wipes, makeup, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, a hairbrush, nail clippers, and deodorant.
12) Reusable Tote. Whether you’re going on a hike or plan on doing some shopping, having a reusable tote readily available is always a good idea. You can use it to carry your reusable tumbler along with any other articles of clothing and accessories that you may need when you leave the car, such as an umbrella.
13) Camera, Binoculars, and Other Accessories. If you plan on going sightseeing or you’re interested in photography, be sure to bring your camera and binoculars.
How will you be celebrating Victoria Day? What are your must-have items and accessories for road trips? For those who don’t reside in Canada, what are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to know! For more travel related posts, visit my tag here.