Summer may slowly be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to hit the road for a family or adult-only road trip! But before you leave, be sure to pack these summer road trip essentials to make your drive successful and one to remember!
Summer Road Trip Essentials for the Car
Whether you’re renting a car or driving your own, don’t forget these must-have items.
- Car Registration and Insurance Information
- Driver’s License
- Vehicle Owner’s Manual
- Electronic Toll Pass…if needed where you’re driving
- Extra Car Key – be sure you keep this on a separate key ring
- Roadside Assistance Numbers and Cards
- Spare Tire – check to make sure it is fully inflated and the tread is okay.
- Tools to Change a Flat – including a tire jack
- Umbrella – to keep you dry getting out of the car during those summer showers!
- Car Emergency Kit
- Paper map – in addition to your GPS and/or smartphone app
Summer Road Trip Essentials for the Family
- Car Phone Charger – bonus if it works with a USB cord
- Power Inverter – with AC outlets and USB ports for games and tablets
- Hands-Free Phone Mount – keeps you safe and makes it easy to see Google Maps
- Portable Charger – so nobody is without a charged device 🙂
- Garbage Bag – makes cleaning out the car so much easier!
- Roll of Toilet Paper – nothing’s worse than a bathroom without tp! Plus, you never know with kids!
- Hand Sanitizer
- Tissues and/or napkins
- Body/Baby Wipes
- Paper Money and Coins – think parking meters, air pumps, toll roads, broken ATMs
- Snacks and water/drinks – bringing your own saves money and time!
- Pillow – to lay against on long trips
- Blanket – to keep warm on chilly nights
- Mini First Aid Kit – complete with bug spray, aloe, bandages and ointment
- Sunscreen – a small bottle is perfect
Summer Road Trip Essentials for Kids
- Tablet/ DVD player/ or an MP3 player
- Road Trip Games – keeps the kids (and adults) entertained and happy!
- Audiobooks – more entertainment
- Sunscreen/window shade – to block the sun
- Crayons, pencils and pens
- Ball or frisbee – perfect for taking a break from the car!
Before you pack your summer road trip essentials and hit the road, don’t forget to have your car serviced first! Schedule an appointment with your mechanic or at your dealership. Don’t forget that many dealerships, such as Alfa Romeo of Larchmont, offer some great service specials and coupons so you can save more money for the fun things to do!