Long ago, I lost count of the number of times I took a road trip. Whether it be three hours for a weekend away; eight, nine, or twelve hours to a vacation destination; fifteen hours when moving from Connecticut to South Carolina...it would simply take up too much brain power to go back and figure out how many times I've driven up and down the East Coast, how many hours I've spent in the car.
Needless to say, taking so many road trips--be they for pleasure or a move or whatever else--means that I deem myself something of an expert on the matter. I don't think I need to get into the particulars of safety...as in, we all know that a blanket, a flashlight, a first aid kit and jumper cables are always good things to have in one's car. Outside of the usual items, I have a few of my own favorites that are musts for a roadtrip
- Starbucks Double Shot Espressos. I can't stand the taste of energy drinks and the Starbucks bottled frappuccinos simply don't have enough caffeine!
- Bottled Water and plenty of it, and if you have a small cooler pack it up in here to keep cool for your drive!
- A fully charged and updated iPod, along with a few CDs as just-in-case backups
- A cell phone charger for your car
- A recently updated GPS unit or at the very least, a road atlas for the current year
- Some sort of wet naps in case of spills or needing to freshen up a bit :)
- Comfortable clothes! Honestly, I will never understand how people--especially women--can make long drives in tight jeans, heels, etc. Is it really necessary to look "cute" when you're going to be on the road for hours?
And if you're not the driver...
|I prefer the NAP brand sleeping masks.|
- Plenty of books/magazines
- A charged laptop, your own headphones, and a movie or two (or three, depending on length of the drive). On very long drives I've also carted along an adaptor that allows me to charge my laptop (or at least keep it from dying) by using the cigarette lighter.
- A sleeping mask and pillow (especially if you're traveling at night)
- And again...comfortable clothes!
Personally, I don't bring lots of juices/sodas/snacks because those just up the chances of spilling in the car and/or ending up with sticky or messy hands. (Yes, I've been there, done that) As a safety tip I don't ever suggest driving more than 15-16 hours in one shot...that's the longest I've done and even that was cutting it close! Normally I'm of the "just hop in the car and GET THERE" persuasion, but of course there are always exceptions!