Car trips can be a lot of fun, or they can feel like a mistake. I’ve found that bringing the right things on a road trip can make the experience so much better. Even though traveling is great, being in an enclosed space for hours can be tedious if you don’t have things to help you feel more comfortable (which, admittedly, I often don’t, as a last-minute packer who forgets travel essentials like snacks or a phone charger).
And if you’re going to take a road trip during the pandemic, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still spreading throughout the country. Before leaving, it’s a good idea to read about how you can travel safely right now—even if you’re fully vaccinated. Regardless of how you’re traveling, it’s smart to pack plenty of extra masks, hand sanitizer, and some cash just in case you need to make a purchase somewhere that doesn’t have credit card machines.
To help you get ready for any upcoming car journeys, I reached out to people who frequently travel for their advice on the best things to bring on a road trip. Some of their recommendations are helpful reminders; others are a little more surprising (like supplies to make overnight oats) or fun (because we’re talking about travel, after all). Hopefully, this list will help elevate your next car trip.
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