You can’t beat a good road trip and, in times like this, it can be a good idea for a weekend away as it allows you to stay safe, enjoy privacy and have complete control over your trip. Anyone that has embarked on any kind of road trip before knows just how important it is to be prepared and have everything that you need – with this in mind, here is a checklist for the essentials that you will need.

The Basics

First, you need to make sure that you have the basics covered. This will include key emergency items such as SatNav, phone chargers, a first aid kit, water and snacks and a car maintenance kit. You don’t want to break down somewhere unfamiliar and be unprepared so having the basics in your car will be essential.

Checking the Car Over

Following this point, you also need to make sure that the car is in good condition and ready for the demands of a road trip. It is a good idea to get the car serviced or to carry out basic maintenance beforehand, which might include topping up the tyres, changing the oil and topping up your fluids. You also need to think about the type of conditions that you will be driving in and make sure that the car will manage. Additionally, you need to make sure that you have a warranty in place before setting off so that you do not foot the bill if you have an electrical or mechanical issues with the car and so that you can get the issue resolved quickly.

Clothing & Toiletries

As with any trip, you won’t want to be without spare clothes and toiletries (especially if you are sharing a car with others!). Comfort is key when it comes to a road trip but think about if you are going to stop anywhere for dinner or somewhere which might require smarter clothing.

Entertainment

Finally, no road trip is complete without entertainment to keep you occupied while out on the open road. Creating a playlist, films loaded onto a tablet for those that aren’t driving and having a few road trip games lined up will help to ensure that it is a fun and memorable trip.

This checklist should help you to prepare for a road trip and enjoy spending time on the open road. There is something special about road trips and they are a great way to enjoy a weekend away in the current situation, but you must always make sure that you are prepared before setting off.