Summertime Rush: The 10 Items You Need Before Your Next Road Trip

Don’t get caught slipping without these items in your vehicle before you hit the highway.

To make the most of the upcoming summer season, an exciting road trip just might be the doctor's order. But before you hit the open road or gas up your tank, make sure your vehicle is properly stocked with essential items to get you from point A to point B.

Whether you are embarking on a double-digit hour excursion or a quick trip within the same state, all trips are likely to be more enjoyable with necessities on board.

From things you might already have to items you may need to buy online or in-store, don’t underestimate how travel essentials can take your trip up a notch, or how it could curdle your summer odyssey.

Here is a list of the essential items for your next getaway. 

  • Water Cooler

    To keep drinks chilled and to prevent food items from spoiling, this item will ensure your travels are smooth sailing.

  • First-Aid Kit

    Anything could happen while on the open road. For minor injuries, a first aid kit is vital.

  • Playlist

    To set the vibes, a playlist is a must. Whatever the genre, music will make time and miles fly by.

  • Flashlight

    Just in case you have to look underneath the hood at night, a handy flashlight is the way to go.

  • Electronic Charging System

    Hours on the road might incur a surge in tech use. Just ensure you’re properly equipped to keep the charge alive.

  • Pillow and Blanket Combo

    While swapping out of the driver’s seat, catch some Zzz’s with a comfy pillow and blanket.

  • Atlas

    As advanced as technology is, sometimes failure and freezes are inevitable. Just in case there is a power failure on your GPS system, a paperback atlas on hand will help you stay on track.

  • Umbrella and Poncho

    In the event rain begins to fall during your road adventures, an umbrella and poncho will keep you dry. After all, who wants to sit in a vehicle soaking wet?

  • Motion Sickness Prevention

    MQ Motion Sickness Patch

    For those with a queasy stomach, this remedy will help prevent nausea that can come while on the road. This discreet design can be worn behind the ear or underneath clothing.

  • Sanitizing and Disinfectant Wipes

    Rotating your hands from the steering wheel, to the volume on the radio, to snacks, and more, cleansing wipes are key. They can also be used if you want to lightly freshen up during a rest break.

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