Road Trip Check List for a fun-filled and almost-comfortable trip!
So I went on my first road trip with the husband last Thanksgiving week and it was awesome. We drove from Idaho to Vegas and then LA. The overall trip was definitely one for the books, but I would be a liar if I said it was comfortable the entire time. Road trips are never really comfortable, but this road trip check list was born while the husband was driving back home and I was intensely bored and tired. I thought I absolutely needed to share this to help others, and so I can read it again when we have our next road trip.
We begin after you’ve booked your hotels and you know which state you’re passing through, or visiting.
- Itinerary. Schedule everything, that way you will maximize your trip. Being spontaneous will be too expensive and time-consuming! Make a list with dates, your hotel address and contact numbers, what activities you plan to do on a certain day with address and contact number, entrance fees, etc. That way you will avoid wasting time looking for these information before putting it on the GPS, checking-in, etc.
- Tour sites. Research which places you can conveniently check out while passing through different states and add it to your itinerary so you won’t delay your trip. It’s not Wanderlust, it’s Wandermust!
- Booking Confirmation. Whether you do it digitally or the old-fashioned print-out way, I don’t really care. Just make sure to bring these with you! Some places require you to present this.
- Car. Obviously, you can’t go on a road trip without transportation! Make sure it’s in great condition. We drove a 2011 Kia Soul (my baby) with less than 35,000 miles on her. Consider the following: oil change and tires check, engine and gas mileage.
- GPS. It’s the future guys. If your car doesn’t have an installed GPS system, I highly recommend an app called Waze. It is awesome! You get alerts on heavy traffic, police presence (which you will appreciate tremendously, trust me), stopped cars, rest areas, gas stations, and restaurants near you, accidents, and other Waze users on the same route.
- Social Apps. This was extremely helpful in LA. I highly recommend the following transportation apps: Sidecar, Lyft, and Uber. We’ve tried both Sidecar and Lyft. Basically these are individuals near your location, that drive you to places and you pay them through your phone. The app makers do background checks on every registered users so it’s safe! Now, In case you have an ugly hang over from partying the night before (cough cough) and are too lazy to get out of bed, have food delivered to you! We used the Food app: GrubHub.
- Check the weather when you pack! ‘Nuff said.
- An awesome playlist! This is undeniably the most important thing you need to do before getting in that car! This will keep you awake better than caffeine or crack, entertain you, and it’s just so much more fun.
- Card Holder. A card holder like the one I linked is perfect for traveling in general because it holds both your IDs, credit and debit cards, plus business cards! It fits in your purse, pocket, jacket, and bag. It made life so much easier when checking in, or purchasing something.
- A nice compact digital camera. A huge DSLR will not be very handy while walking around. I use the Sony Cybershot DS RX100.
- Kindle. I don’t use an iPad mini because I’m really not that interested in it (don’t kill me) but I love to read, and I managed to snag a Kindle for only $9! it was awesome reading while on the road or before going to bed.
- Water. You will save more if you buy 2 dozens of water at Walmart for $6 and shove it in your trunk, rather than buying it ala carte. In different states, water, surprisingly, has various price-range! And as it was mentioned earlier… if you get a hang over, and are in dire need of hydration; having to get up, go outside, and pay $2 a bottle will NOT make you very happy.
- Alcohol/Hand sanitizer and Tissue. This is probably the most bizarre thing I had to include, but the most “duh” one as well. When you are in the car eating to stay awake, munching, getting your hands dirty while digging for a decent, clean tissue in plastic bags, you will finally appreciate the gravity of this necessity. Another thing is, when you go on rest stops, with different people using bathrooms that are so nasty you wanna cry… You might want to bathe in alcohol.
- Acetaminophen and Meclizine. These two are extremely important for those unexpected headaches and road sickness. While on the road, make sure to get a non-drowsy formula. But if you are recovering from a night of partying, having this on-hand will be your saving grace! Good thing CVS was a walking distance from our hotel.
- Face Spray. Wherever you’re going, your skin is going to react to it. A quick spritz of your favorite face spray will quickly freshen you up, prevent a greasy, undone face, and wake you up instantly!
- Wet n Wild Liquid lip colors! This will be the only brand I will name in this post for products anyway, because if you love wearing bold lip colors, you need this in your life! I compared these babies to my Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid lipstick in Icon and it kicked the latter’s butt. These lip colors will last you the entire day! I’m wearing Back to the Fuchsia in the photo below.
- A leather jacket and a military/utility jacket. These two are the most versatile (in my opinion) outerwear clothing you can ever think to bring! It matches any outfit and will keep you nice and warm on chilly nights. The military jacket is light enough to not be too heavy or hot on a sunny day.
- Your significant other! The cherry on top would have to be your favorite person in the world! How can you enjoy an awesome road trip without someone to share and enjoy it with?
This ends my road trip check list guys! Feel free to add more in the comments below! This is based off my experience, so I would love some feedback! Share it with friends or family who are about to go on a road trip. You can also check out my other post A Woman’s Travel Essentials for more tips on how to pack smart when traveling.
See you again on my next post! Thank you for reading!