If you are embarking on a road trip, the last thing you want is unhappy passengers or an uncomfortable journey. These issues can be avoided by simply remembering to pack these essential items…
Check some new-to-you audiobooks out of the library. Kids and adults alike can enjoy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hobbit, or Harry Potter—and their easy storylines make them perfect for a driver to pay attention to, as well.
There are two strategies with car food: You can either bring along crumb-free, non-greasy, non-gooey finger foods—like baby carrots, grapes, and sandwiches—or pack your family’s favourite “treat” foods like chips and baked goods, as a special car reward.
Pillows and blankets
Pack favourite bed pillows and blankets to soothe everyone on the journey. Whether it’s a child’s security blanket or a pillow for the passenger seat navigator, a soft cushion can make a cold car cosy.
Pack paper towels, toilet paper (you never know with rest areas and petrol stations!), a box of tissues, and some garbage bags. And bring more than you think you’ll need—there’s always the possibility of car sickness in addition to the normal spills and usual cleanup.
Bring along a Frisbee, ball, or jump rope so antsy kids (and adults!) can blow off a little steam at rest stops.
First aid kit
To treat road-trip aches, nicks, and scrapes, pack a plastic bag full of items like anti-bacterial cream, bandages, pain relievers, and motion sickness medicine.
Some friendly competition will go a long way towards warding off boredom. Some ideas: cards, travel bingo, and word games.
Double-check your boot for a complete roadside emergency kit, including a flashlight, jack, basic tools, jumper cables and a warning triangle to name a few items
Bring a container of disposable wipes, or simply put some folded damp paper towels in a resealable plastic bag. You’ll use them for everything from sticky fingers to a quick refreshing mask for road-weary eyes.
Make sure you bring along a travel charger for your cell phone and other electronic devices.
Change of clothes
If you’re travelling with young children, remember that accidents happen. Bring along a change of clothing for the inevitable leaks and spills.
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