When I first started taking shorter, day trips I didn’t put a lot of thought into packing essentials for the car. It was never as big of a problem for longer trips, but especially when you’re planning to be back the same day, it’s easy to overlook some helpful essentials.
Typically it wouldn’t be until I’m in the middle of rural Iowa with no cellphone service and zero snacks that I’d realize I’d made a horrible mistake. So to keep you from being the hangry, lost roadside traveller I’ve been a few too many times, I’ve compiled a list of helpful essentials to toss into your back seat every time you hit the road, whether you’re traveling 500 miles or just 50.
The correct atlas or map for your trip
Sure, your friends might tease you when they find your giant, bound atlas tucked into the seat pocket of your driver’s seat. But when you find yourself in rural Iowa without a cellphone signal and no idea how to get back to the main highway, you won’t mind. Plus, I’ve found a paper map can offer some much needed perspective over my phone’s digital navigation.
A water bottle
This one seems like a no-brainer but as someone who’s constantly trying to do a better job staying hydrated it’s become an important one. Plus you don’t want to get stuck paying for an over-priced bottle when you stop for gas.Continue Reading…