A road trip is a great way to enjoy a much deserved getaway after lockdown breaks. Before you hit the road on a spontaneous or carefully planned adventure, it’s important that you pack up 5 basics to take with you.
It’s also a good idea to list the basic road trip items in practical, versatile and stylish personalised notebooks, for easy reference when embarking on future expeditions.
- Basics For Your Vehicle
To ensure that your vehicle can safely get you from home to your road trip destination and back again, it’s essential that you pack the following basics…
- A well-planned travel checklist (you can write this in your personalised notebook!)
- Your driving license and vehicle registration
- Your car insurance policy
- Car manual
- Spare tyre and jack
- A SatNav/GPS device or travel navigation app
- Cash and coins for toll gates and parking
- An emergency toolkit
- A first aid kit (and any medication you are taking)
- Motion sickness tablets
- A torch and spare batteries
- A hands-free mount for your smartphone
- A road map
- Travel pillows and cosy blankets or throws
- A cooler for drinks and snacks
- A reusable rubbish bag
- A refillable petrol can
- Hand sanitiser and wet wipes
- Toilet paper
- Your passport (if travelling further afield)
If you’re planning a road trip in the winter, make sure that you also include a car chain and snow kit, when packing up your boot.
- Essentials For Yourself
To ensure you’re comfortable on your post-lockdown road trip you should definitely include plenty of essentials for yourself.
Ideal food and drinks to bring with you on your getaway include bottled water (or water in a reusable bottle) and mess-free snacks, such as dried fruits, seeds and nuts, cereal, granola and/or protein bars, chocolate, popcorn and sandwiches packed with tasty with fillings that are not overly pungent.
You may also want to include some canned foods (in convenient ring-pull opening tins) to eat, just in case you get hungry or can’t find anywhere to buy food.
Pack a travel mug and cutlery, plus a personal care kit containing your toothbrush and toothpaste, a high SPF sunscreen and lip balm, and sunglasses. If you’re planning to stay somewhere overnight add mini toiletries, like dry shampoo and skincare products, a hairbrush and a quick-dry towel.
Personalised notebooks are great for writing down details of your planned route, and for keeping diary style entries about your road trip adventures.
- Entertainment Basics
Not everyone who embarks on a road trip after lockdown is content to look out of the window and admire the scenery. If you’re travelling as a passenger, or with children in tow, it’s definitely a good idea to have a selection of entertainment basics available.
Be sure to pack:
- A MP3 player and headphones for each person (as not everyone wants to listen to the same music for the entire journey)
- A Kindle and audiobooks
- An iPad
- Personalised notebooks and a selection of writing/drawing materials
- A portable charger and power bank
- A camera, and other photography equipment (if required)
- Cash for spending at places that you spontaneously stop at
To avoid hearing cries of “are we nearly there yet?” don’t forget to load up the iPad or tablet with movies and games that your kids love to watch, before you set off.
If you have time to pre-plan your road trip in advance, you can effectively use personalised notebooks for creative writing and drawing games that keep your youngsters quietly entertained.
- All-Purpose Daypack & Survival Kit
Another basic item to list in your road trip personalised notebook is the daypack and survival kit. If you’re on a long journey, you’ll probably want to stop for a break so that everyone can get out of the vehicle for a good stretch.
Inside your lightweight rucksack you should have:
- A bottle of water and some snacks
- A sweater or cover-all scarf
- UV protection sunglasses
- Hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues
- Lip balm
- A bag for rubbish
You can also add a change of clothes, personalised notebooks and toiletries if you wish.
Besides your must bring along daypack items, it’s highly recommended that you have a utility-orientated survival kit stored in your vehicle. Items like a super versatile Swiss army knife, a pocket size radio, duct tape, rope, waterproof matches and binoculars can certainly come in handy if your car breaks down and you’re stranded somewhere remote.
5. Additional Extras
If the logged details written in your road trip personalised notebooks outline an overnight stay away from home, you’ll need to pack additional extras like a change of clothing and underwear, sleepwear and a fresh comfortable outfit.
The time of year that you escape on a post-lockdown road trip will also dictate whether you need to include lightweight clothing or cosy fleece garments that keep you warm. A rainproof jacket/coat and hiking shoes and flip-flops should also be part and parcel of your essential road trip basic kit, whatever the weather.
Camping Road Trips After Lockdown
If you want to turn your road trip into a mini break or short holiday, you can easily add sleeping bags, camping gear and other hiking related essentials to your 5 basics.