Planning a summer road trip? Make sure you’re well-equipped with all the best accessories and other necessary items to ensure you’re ready for anything! We have created a handy list for you to use when prepping for your next trip. Take a look at the list below before hitting the road for your next trip.
Don’t leave home without the chargers you need for all of your devices and consider bringing an extra charger just in case one stops working or mysteriously disappears. According to SmarterTravel, chargers, particularly cell phone chargers, are the top left-behind item at hotels. Consider keeping a charger in your car and keeping one on your person in a backpack or purse. When you think about the fact that our electronic devices serve as our source of communication, GPS navigation, camera, and top source of entertainment, not having a charged device could be devastating. Pack a car charger in addition to your current charger; you’ll thank yourself later!
Waterproof Phone Case
Make sure your phone is prepared for anything with a waterproof phone case. The last thing you need on a road trip is to have your phone rendered useless. Protect it from rain, pools, drops and all waterborne illnesses that can have serious consequences for your phone.
Whether you hate them or love them, selfie sticks make it easier to take those necessary road trip photos – someone sleeping in the back seat or a cool roadside pit stop with everyone in the photo.
Yes, we all love our smartphones, but when making reservations online, following a GPS or even looking to entertain the backseat passengers, sometimes a smartphone is just not enough. This is when having an iPad tablet would come in extra handy! Bringing an iPad tablet along means you’ll be able to supply movies and other entertainment for your road trip companions. Screen time for younger passengers is not just a distraction; the time spent on the iPad tablet could be productive. There are a lot of summer reading apps and other educational apps available to help them keep their minds engaged.
Be sure to protect your eyes from glare and bright reflections while driving or even when you’re the passenger. Squinting from bright light can actually cause headaches and nausea. Sunglasses protect your eyes from ultraviolet light and should be a priority anytime you’re exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
As you know, our smartphones serve several purposes on road trips. Make it easy and safe to answer calls, read the GPS and listen to your favorite playlists with a smartphone mount. The last thing you want to deal with while driving is trying to steer while juggling a phone. Whether you’re the driver or passenger, safety should be considered.
Are you considering taking your furry family members on your summer road trip this year? If yes, remember to bring along plenty of food and water with bowls to serve them in, their collar or harness as well as their leash, a few of their favorite toys, and a blanket to help them get cozy during the long drive too. If your furry friend takes any medications, you’ll need to bring those along as well.
Be sure to pack snacks, especially if you’re planning a particularly long road trip or planning to go off the grid. You want to try and select snacks that don’t need refrigeration and will still supply nutrition. Tempting as they may be, stay away from overly salty or sweet choices like candy or chips and instead go for almonds, dried fruit, protein bars, and coconut water. If you have space, a small cooler with some water bottles is a nice extra.
When traveling with a group, the last thing you want to fight over is what kind of music should be played on the trip. Make sure you pack a pair of headphones for each traveler joining you, giving everyone on your trip the ability to be their own DJ.
Making the extra effort to prepare ahead of time for your summer road trip will hopefully mean it’s a better experience for everyone. If you need help with any of the accessories you have, need to get your screen repaired, or just need to purchase extra chargers, stop by your local Experimac store today. Our experienced team is ready to help you get ready for your road trip!
Business hours are Monday – Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM. Experimac is located at 1865-106 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.