Going on a Road Trip? Here’s Your Packing List

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There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road, your destination ahead of you with plenty of unknown delights to find and explore along the way, before you arrive.

The only bummer is the packing which has to be done first. Beyond the essentials of clothes, sunscreen, and snacks (and, of course, your Elk Montain canvas tent!) here are a few more items you should make room for in your trunk.

Safety First

A quality first aid kit is the kind of item you want to have and never need to use, rather than something you don’t have and desperately need. Check out our guide on essentials you should make sure your first aid kit includes so that you’re sure nothing essential is forgotten.

Safety is about more than just fixing up ailments and injuries, though. Safety also means preventing risks before they happen. One way to stay safe is to pack extra water, flashlights, and jumper cables in case you have car issues. Make sure you’ve got a spare tire, too!

Making Memories

Savor the new discoveries and treasured moments of your road trip by taking plenty of pitctures and seaving a few mementos from your journey. Of course, every phone these days has a camera. But, consider purchasing a polaroid camera, like a popular Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera, to get physical copies of pictures you can share with friends right away.

You might also want to consider getting a travel journal to paste them into, and keep notes about what you saw on your trip.

Restful Slumber

If you’re switching off driving with a companion or two, you’ll want to make sure to get some shut-eye in regardless of what time of day your rest period falls during! Pack along a sleep mask to block out that pesky sunlight, and a neck pillow and blanket for good measure, too.

In case the driver wants to listen to their music or podcast, some decent noise-blocking headphones might also be in order.