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Musts for a successful road trip

May 25, 2017

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“Get your motor runnin' Head out on the highway Lookin' for adventure” Whether you're headed out on a cross-country trip or just a short weekend getaway, there’s something to be said for making sure the journey is as pleasant as the destination and nothing is worse than being caught unprepared while you’re on the road. Of course, in today’s era, there are very few things that you can’t stop and pick up while you’re on the road, but it’s more economical and convenient to make sure you have what you need before you leave. Here is our top 10 list of must haves before setting out on a road trip. Comfy clothes: Now we’re not saying to wear your pajamas, but we are saying that hours spent in the car are probably not the ideal time to try out your new party dress. Instead, go for pants and a top you can move around in and shoes that don’t hurt your feet should you find an impromptu (or planned) excuse to get out of the car and explore. A good playlist: Get yourself in the road trip mood and show your fellow passengers what American Idol missed out on with a road trip playlist. You can find ideas all over the Internet or you can just put songs you like on it. A phone charger: Even if you’re trying to be device free, it’s still smart to make sure your phone is charged at all times in case you have an emergency. A trash bag: Keep your car from becoming a trash can on wheels by packing a small bag to put trash in. Then when you stop for that inevitable bathroom break, you can toss the closed bag into the nearest trash bin. Gum: Not only will gum keep your breath fresh, but it will also give you something to do as you watch the scenery. You never know, you may just become a bubble-blowing expert if you buy the right kind. A pillow: Lucky enough to not be driving? Protect yourself from neck pain with a comfortable travel pillow. Toilet Paper: Let’s just say it is always good to be prepared. Car emergency kit: This one is a serious one. Make sure you have what you need should you experience car trouble and not be able to get help immediately. Here are a few ideas to help you know what to pack. Water and snacks: You’re going to get hungry and thirsty. Save yourself some time and money by planning ahead and buying in bulk instead of popping into every gas station and convenience store along your route. An open mind: See something that looks interesting along the way? Take time to stop and check it out. Some of the best adventures are the unplanned ones. Also, keep in mind that getting stressed out or upset about things that don’t go quite right along the way won't’ do you any good. Just remain calm and know that it’s about the journey, not the destination.  

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