There are two types of people in this world: those that love road trips and those that can’t stand even the thought of being in a car for more than a couple of hours at a time.

I personally am a huge fan of road trips. I’ve done them quite a bit, whether they are for vacation, visiting a friend or some family, or due to moving across the country. There’s honestly just something about traveling in a car for long periods of time that I absolutely love. It’s a bit more comfortable than air travel with less stress involved. You can stop exactly when you want to stop, go exactly where you want to go, and control the music, temperature, etc. Unless of course, you’re traveling with someone else – then there probably is some form of compromise.

But this article isn’t about me trying to convince you why road trips are great.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably going on a road trip – for fun or otherwise – and want to know exactly what you should bring with you along the way. Obviously, before any road trip, you are going to want to make sure your car is in good working condition. Get an oil change, make sure your car is full of gas, if there are any problems at all – get them fixed now. There is nothing worse than being on the road and having something go wrong with your car in an area that you’re unfamiliar with.

As an experienced road tripper, these are what I found to be the most helpful items to bring along that will make your experience an enjoyable one, or at the very least, less sucky. My list comprises of both fun & a few practical things that will keep you sane and happy along your trip. Please note, this is not a list of things to have in an emergency.

Now that we got that out of the way, are you ready? Let’s do this.

1) Good Company

Obviously, we can’t all have good company on a road trip. Sometimes, you have to travel solo or the person or people you’re stuck with are less than desirable. But if you can have some good company along with you, you are guaranteed to have a better time. When you can’t have good company with you – play a podcast or a some music and go for it… which brings me to…

2) A Killer Playlist!

If you’re alone, I recommend having at least two playlists with you. One that you can sing to that will keep you awake when you have just a little bit longer before you stop for the night and one that’s good when you just want to zone out and think about your life – something calm. If you are traveling with a bunch of people – have each person make a playlist and alternate accordingly. Keeping the peace is key.

3) Road Trip Snacks

You don’t want to have to stop every time you get a little hungry. Definitely make sure that you pack some easy snacks. My usual go to snacks are Twizzlers, Cinnamon Life, popcorn, and grapes. This way you have a candy that won’t melt in your hands, a cereal that is delicious without milk, a snack that is filling and has many flavors, and something healthy. This covers all of your bases and is also less messy than some other snacks.

I also recommend getting a box of cereal bars. This way if you are staying at a place that doesn’t have a free breakfast, you can save some money and get back on the road quicker.

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