Back in April, before my trip to Italy and England, I posted about my plane travel must haves. Since I'm roadtripping to NYC with two friends tomorrow (so excited!), I thought it was appropriate to write a 'take two' of this post by listing my roadtrip essentials.
1. SNACKS: It goes without saying that during an 8 hour car ride you are bound to get hungry, but sometimes you can't pull off the road to grab a bite. Packing some trailmix, candy, chips, or diced fruit can keep your hunger at bay until you read your next pit stop.
2. SUNGLASSES: Like I mentioned in my other travel post, having sun blaring in your face is a huge pain! Tip: if you are riding in the passenger seat, bring an extra pair for the driver in case they forget theirs.
3. GPS: Even though google maps usually gets you to your destination, if you make a wrong turn you might be in trouble. Having a GPS in your car will keep you more relaxed by knowing that if you get lost, a monotone voice can guide you in the right direction.
4. SWEATER: You like the car toasty warm while your friend likes to blast the A/C - by layering up, you can easily avoid this issue. In general, you should wear comfortable clothes if you are going to be sitting in a car for hours on end.
5. AUXILIARY CABLE: While the radio is great to listen to when driving local, having an 'aux' cord to connect your iPhone or iPod to your vehcicles sound system will keep the music pumping the whole ride.
6. GAMES: Whether they are old time favourites like '20 Questions' or one your group made up, having some game ideas during your drive will help pass some time.
7. COOLER: Packed with sparkling water or energy drinks (no one likes a sleep driver), having a cooler in the car with your favourite refreshments has always been a must have during family trips when I was younger.
8. CASH: Better to be safe than sorry. You might run into a scenario where a gas station's debit and credit machine is down and they have no ATM.
At the end of the day, as long as you have good company, a long drive can pass quickly!