5 Things you should never go on a road trip without

Road trips are fun and exciting…unless you forget the essentials. No-one wants to be stranded in the middle of nowhere without the one item they need. There are a few things that can make any long journey that little bit more pleasurable. So, when you’re planning a road trip, what are the things you should never forget?

Phone kit

It goes without saying that your phone can be highly useful when you’re travelling. It can double up as your satellite navigation system, it can save you when you need to get in touch with a mechanic and some apps can even get you discounts on your meals at various restaurants as you pass through. Your phone is important, but it can be next to useless if you forget the rest of your phone kit. For example, it won’t be much use if you forget to take your charger and you’ll need a phone holder if you’re planning on using it as a Sat Nav.

What’s in the area?

If you’re travelling through a few different towns, it’s a good idea to find out what’s in them. Even if you don’t plan on stopping, you may find you need to take an emergency break. Make a note of any hotels, cafes, restaurants and car garages that may come in use. It’s also worth noting any companies that will come to you if you’re in a jam, like cheap towing companies that can get you to the nearest garage if the worst were to happen.


It’s easy to get dehydrated while driving for long periods. Not only will you be distracted by trying to find the right route, but cars are notoriously stuffy, even with air conditioning. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination feeling unwell. Keep bottles of water in the car and stop every so often to rehydrate. If you’ve stopped overnight and you’re feeling hungover the next day, hydration tablets can be a lifesaver while you’re back on the road.

Insect repellent

You’re travelling in an air-conditioned car with the windows up; surely you won’t need insect repellent? Wrong! Imagine stopping somewhere picturesque and stepping out of the car to stretch your legs and get a good view of the sunset. It’s at times like that you’ll wish you packed insect repellent. Those pesky insects can ruin the best of moments when it comes to experiencing things on a road trip. Don’t risk it!

First aid kit

Last but not least, a first aid kit. Although no-one plans on getting injured during a road trip, a first aid kit will save the day if it happens. From a small cut to a splinter or ankle sprain, a first aid kit can be useful for many things. Fortunately, most travellers never have to use them but having one in the back of your car will give you peace of mind anyway. Top tip: make sure a small scissors and tweezers are included. You’ll be surprised by how useful they are!


Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.