Taking a road to your favourite destination is hands-down the most incredible way to travel. You get to experience the freedom of the road, you feel the warm or cold breeze, and you discover things or spots that would be unique to you and your posse.
However, road trips also come with their plate of problems. If you don’t have a cleaning device to help you get rid of the damp pet hair (if you’re enjoying the scenic with your dog), food spills and crumbs, then your road trip could end up being very messy. However, an excellent vacuum for dog hair would be your best bet, and you have to make sure that you carry it as you go to Cape Town, Swaziland, or wherever the road takes you.
You also need to ensure that you’ve packed all other essentials and here’s a guide to help you pack for your next road.
Documentation For You and Your Vehicle
Prepping for a road trip can be stressful if you don’t know what you need. However, it’s vital to understand what you need, and one of the essential items is papers and documents for you and your car. Some of these include:
- Car Insurance Certificate: You need to have this one whether you like it or not. Having auto insurance is mandatory in most states including South Africa
- Car Manual: Hopefully, this document is still in your glove box and will remain there for the duration of your trip. It can come in handy in case you run into problems in the road
- Valid Driver’s License: You should always have your driver’s license when driving. Nonetheless, you need an international driving permit in some states like Brazil or Cape Verde, and you should ensure you get it before travelling. So, make sure you do your research (www.gov.uk) before embarking on your journey
- Travel Insurance: It’s always an excellent idea to be covered if you travel to a foreign state. It’s usually cheap and also offers you peace of mind in case of an accident
Road Essentials For Your Car
You’re about to move across nations with your vehicle, so you must give it some well-deserved TLC before you embark on your trip. If you hire a rental, make sure that you check your car and see if it’s prepared for any bumps on the road. You should ensure you carried items like:
- Spare tires
- Fluids like water to keep the vehicle hydrated, wiper fluid, engine coolant and some oil reserves
- Winter necessities like a de-icer, snow shovel, or snow chains
Basic Must-Haves for the Trip
There are items that you need to ensure that your road trip is a success. Some of these items include:
A Paper Map: Smartphone apps like Google Maps are incredible, but when your phone dies and are out of Wi-Fi range, your paper map will come in handy.
Portable Power Bank: You know the drill. If you have any millennial in the car, they might want to use the USB port to play some music, charge their phones while the designated driver – you- have a dying phone. A long-life power bank will help you keep the phones charged will on the road
Wet Wipes: For the sticky-fingered snacks or when you can’t run for a shower at a motel
A Spare Key: It might sound like a no-brainer, but when you’re busy dancing or hiking and drop your keys, that spare key will be your knight on a white charger
Loose Change: Cash is king when it comes to mall tolls, parking meters and even those snack stops that are miles away from civilization
You also need some snacks and a killer playlist for the troops, so make sure you include them in your packing list.