You've got your next summer road trip all planned out — but is your packing list in order? Here are a few things you won't want to forget before you leave.
6 Things You Should Definitely Pack For Your Next Road Trip
You’ve got the whole trip planned out — from the stops you’ll make along the way to the detours you’ll take to avoid traffic. You are practically an expert in planning road trips at this point! But then comes time to pack. Sometimes, figuring out what to pack for a long road trip can get the best of even the most intentional planners.
But don’t stress! We’ve rounded up a few must-haves to add to your family road trip packing list.
You may wear your sunglasses daily, but somehow when it comes time to leave for a big road trip, they’re often forgotten! Make sure your sunglasses are packed and on-hand at all times while driving so you’re not blinded by the sun while in the car! It's best to have an inexpensive pair to keep with you for emergencies, as well as a polarized or prescription pair to wear during those long stretches of highway.
And if you think wearing sunglasses is no biggie, get this. UV rays from the sun can harm your eyes just like they harm your skin. "This exposure can cause everything from sunburn of the cornea and the skin surrounding the eyes and wrinkles, to the early onset of serious sight-stealing diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration," warns the State University of New York College of Optometry.
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When planning road trips it’s easy to envision cruising down a wide open highway. But if you are traveling during a holiday (and even if you’re not) you’ll probably hit some stress-inducing traffic jams. Don’t let stress keep you from enjoying the journey. Help keep your calm by packing a few stress-relieving products, such as a fidget cube or stress ball, a portable back massager you can plug into your car, and Green Roads CBD products like Full Spectrum CBD Oil or Rise N’ Shine gummies to help start every day off right and support yourself through those unexpected stressors!
3. First Aid/Roadside Emergency Kit
Hopefully a roadside or emergency kit will not be needed. However, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Check out the National Safety Council's recommendations for what to include. Does your current kit have all the right stuff? You never know when things like bandages, work gloves, non-perishable snacks, and batteries will come in handy. If your trip is especially long, you may find it handy to add in a travel size pain relief cream for those aches and pains of sitting behind the wheel for hours as well! Just make sure your pain relief cream has the right ingredients for maximum impact.
No trip is complete without snacks for the road. You actually burn 150-250 calories/hour when you drive, and your passengers burn about 80-130 calories! Be sure to grab something for every passenger's taste buds! If traveling with kids, it may be handy to bring a few sandwich bags of crackers or chips. Bringing the toddler along? Applesauce pouches could be a life saver. Just be sure not to forget your own taste buds!
Hours of driving down one highway can become a bit monotonous. Although you don't have to physically pack your podcasts or playlists, it's best to have your podcasts and music playlists already made and queued up before getting behind the wheel. Whether you love murder mysteries or high-energy hype playlists, time is sure to fly by with the right tunes, audiobook, or podcast!
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