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Road trips are a great way to make memories with the ones you love. However, they can be daunting. Trying to pile everyone in a vehicle to drive around the country is no easy task. You are going to hit detours, speed bumps, and traffic jams but in the end you will still do it again because of the gorgeous views, delicious food, and memories of a lifetime. These are a few simple ideas to make your road trip unforgettable!
You need your GPS where you can see it. This hack is perfect to keep your phone at eye level! Here is how you can make it!
These are great to stick anything to a surface without residue, magnets, or stains. Get yours here!
Don’t stop every time you need to throw something away or let the trash pile up in your car. This is a great way to keep your car clean!
Every little bit helps! You never know what extra expenses might pop up!
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Your pooch will shower you in kisses if you just bring these quick and easy goods.
What you will need:
Look at the placement of the top exit sign to know where to get off.
Fill it up before you hit the road; you’ll have cold water all day! Get yours here!
You always need a back up cupholder, and you can’t go anywhere without a roll of duct tape. Make it pull double duty on your trip! A shoe would work too, if you’re desperate.
Don’t feel like doing your hair everyday on your trip? This is the perfect way to be lazy and still have cute pictures. Just throw your hair up and tie it back with the wrap! Get directions here!
This neck pillow is perfect to keep the sun out of your eyes in case you had to take the night shift driving. Buy yours here!
Venmo lets you easily split the cost of the trip by transferring money for free instantly!
There are many apps to help you find the lowest price of fuel including fuel finder, gas buddy, and gas guru. Use these to be as cost conscious as you can on your road trip!
It is powered by your car and keeps plenty of snacks cool and at arms reach for your trip!
Great for kids and adults alike. You can find these for $1 at many stores.
You can also take one to add any condiments, small snacks, even napkins and utensils you will need to eat on the road.
Using a tackle box, raid the kitchen and assemble this snack kit before your next road trip. It will turn a simple snack into entertaining fun!
Even if your car started out smelling nice, by day eight you will be happy these are there.
Nothing worse than not being able to remember where you parked your car. Drop a pin in “Maps” app in your phone to locate your car easier later!
It will save battery life, data, and frustration if you lose service.
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That way you and your road trip buddy will never have to argue about who gets to charge their phone. Get yours here!
Let’s be honest you have more than two devices in the car. Be sure nothing dies on the road with this charger! Get it here!
Don’t be caught on the side of the road without a few supplies. Pack some extra (comfortable) shoes, water, flashlight, flares, and a blanket. Just in case!
After a long trip everyone needs to recharge! Don’t let your phone miss out just because you forgot the adapter!
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Make it easy to grab what you need for the night. Unloading and reloading the car will get very tiring.
Just because you don’t want to unpack doesn’t mean you should leave all your stuff out in the open.
That way you have no excuse for not sending postcards to all of those people who want updates.
Everyone needs to know how to change a tire. Don’t get stranded and have to call AAA when you can do it yourself. Print this page.
Jumper cables, gloves, a tire pump, and first aid kit are great to have in case something goes wrong. Get yours here!
Make these healthy and delicious Spicy Smoked Salmon Onigiri Rice Balls or Lemon Poppy Seed Larabars perfect for the road. Get those recipes and more here!
Car adapters are great to play your phone through the radio. Get yours here!
This may seem old school, but after 10 hours in a car, you will want to save your phone batteryfor directions and games of Candy Crush.
You have to hit the road with your favorite classic songs to sing along to in the car! Don’t let your kids favorite Disney sing-along songs take over the radio!
You absolutely need some time to write about favorite scenic spot, or your favorite wild animal spotting…or your favorite place you ran out of gas. The sky is the limit in your journal!
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You never know where the road will take you! Embroidering a map is a great way to remember all of those gorgeous scenic routes you took!
Keep all your must-need items in it for easy access. Books, music, maps, and snacks should all be at arms length!
If books aren’t your thing, this is another option to keep the back seat entertained. This iPad holder is perfect for the back seat, put a movie on and enjoy the peaceful car trip.
Who doesn’t want a bag that will hold any and everything you could need. Make one out of simple things around the house to keep all of your must have items in one place!
Get directions here!
Depending on where your road trip takes you, an E-ZPass might not work in all areas. Having a lot of small bills will make it easier!
This will save you from having to eat at any chains. Unless you are really craving a Big Mac.
Trying to decide where to make your stops? Mark it all out with dry erase marker on a map so you can reuse it later!
You need your cup holders for more than just your drink! Keep all of your necessities at your fingertips with this! Get yours here!
These are great for camping road trips or if you just need a nap in the car. Get yours here!
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Because your phone or GPS will die or not work at least once on the trip! You can get them at your local bookstore or on Amazon.
What you will need:
1 – Passenger Seat: this is where the main passenger keeps their stuff. Pack magazines, an ipad, and your purse in a narrow tote to keep here.
2 – Main Console: Keep electronic chargers, wet wipes, kleenex, napkins, and a first aid kit here.
3 – Garbage: Have a special fabric car trash can that loops around my seat belt latch, but you can also use a plain plastic bag in the same way.
4 – DVD Players or tablets: Have a way to amuse the kids in the back
5 – Kid Bags: This is where the kids store their personally selected items for the road trip. It could include a book or journal, or a special activity/toy.
6 – Food!: This is where you keep all the snack goodies. Easy reach for each person.
7 – Kids Fun: This is normally another bag and carries more kids activities and games. Have a blanket for each kid in this space too. If the roadtrip isn’t too long, this could be the only space you store kids activities.
8 – Luggage: Pack bags and stuff you don’t need to access while driving here. If you have hotel stops on the main road trip drive, pack one overnight bag with all of our stuff for that hotel night. Another tip is to keep some extra snacks/treats or special drinks and such back here so you can dole them out when you stop.
Dennis Taylor - Owner of Outdoor Fact - is a graduate of National Camping School and REI Outdoor School. He knows everything about what gear to take with you, how to plan your trip to stay safe and what to do if you get lost in the mountains. We are lucky to have Dennis with us as he is a ‘walking encyclopedia’ when it comes to the wilderness.