21 Things You Need for the Perfect Road Trip

Road trips are fun! Preparing for them will make the trip fun and give you peace of mind while traveling.

In mid July 2018, my husband and I drove from Columbia, SC (USA) to Quebec City, Quebec (Canada) and back. Travel time was about 20 hours. It was fun! I loved it. We had everything we needed for the perfect road trip.

In additions to having the right music, games and food on the road trip, we took time to make sure that were prepared for any emergencies that might come up.

So in today’s sponsored post by University Motor Company (located in Columbia, SC), I am sharing a few things you need to take with you for your long road trip. Some items will depend on your trip length, weather where you are traveling to and personal preferences.

These items should be in your car at all times, anyway.

  • License and registration – just in case you get pulled over
  • Your car’s manual – because you can’t remember everything
  • Spare tire (with tools to change it) – because you just might not have cell service to call the emergency roadside assistance
  • Tire-pressure gauge – to check your tire pressure
  • Umbrella – sometimes showers happen (this has saved me and my passenger a lot)
  • Wireless headset (some states require hands-free phone use while driving)
  • Tissue or baby wipes – helps with clean up spills, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Small plastic bags – for trash
  • Jumper cables

In case of an emergency

  • First-aid kit – accidents happen
  • Flares – more to let ongoing traffic know you are in need of help
  • Paper maps – GPS may not work or your cell battery goes out
  • Flashlight – you need to see in the dark (and your cell might not work)
  • Energy bars – you won’t know how long you’ll have to wait for help
  • Swiss Army Knife – can do wonders
  • Spare money – not every place takes checks, electronic payments or your credit cards
    A notebook, pen, and pencil

Especially for long drives over 2 hours

  • Extra sweater or jacket – Temps in a car with a dead battery in the dead of winter can drop fast.
  • Candles – for warmth when you are traveling in cold areas, and you car won’t start
  • Blanket – Temperatures can drop fast at night in certain areas.
  • Lysol Wipes – this has been handy for quick cleanups that need sanitizing

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. — Benjamin Franklin

A view of Montmorency Falls in Quebec, Canada. It was so stunning, I had to record a slow-mo video of it..

So where will you take your next road trip for your next break? Did you find this post helpful? If so, please share it.

Also, follow my adventures on Instagram @makemeovereb using the hashtag #mmoelife.

** This post is sponsored by University Motor Company. University Motor Company located in Columbia, SC offers nice used car options and uses CarFax for vehicle history reports. They sell a variety of pre-owned vehicles that range from high end cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-class to enthusiast cars such as the Jeep Wrangler. This post is sponsored by University Motor Company.