The things we choose or neglect to bring with us on a road trip in many respects determines how fun, memorable, and successful it is overall. Road trips are about stretching the wings of the soul and taking in the sights of nature that modern life rarely affords us. It is about being stress free and creating memories that last a lifetime. It isn’t about dealing with unforeseen problems, hang ups, and precious time consuming dilemmas. Many of these types of things can be easily avoided.
What if a tire went flat and there was no spare in the trunk? What if on a long hike the car keys were lost and there wasn’t a spare cleverly hidden in a little magnetized box under the tire well? What if gas money ran out halfway? What if the police pulled the car over and the proper paperwork and documents were nowhere to be found? Things like these can completely derail any potentially legendary road trip.
On the flip side once the necessities have been taken care of there has to be things that make road tripping a smooth and impressionable experience. Properly worn in hiking boots and walking shoes, weather gear for all situations, first aid, and extra containers of gas and water all are great things to bring to make sure there aren’t many headaches along the way.
What if there was no camera to take pictures and have things to remember the road trip with? Having something to document the many wondrous destinations and changes of scenery is nice. If the camera is a digital one then make sure to have the proper battery recharging equipment so that the entirety of the road trip can be relived. Bring along maps so there is no chance of turning up lost. Although sometimes getting lost manifests the most profound journeys.
One of the most critical things to bring on any road trip is an easy going and spontaneous attitude. A road trip is an adventure. Plans and intentions are good things but so is miraculously stumbling upon a treasure that isn’t on a map; so is discovering a secluded camping site right off the ocean; so is learning from the locals that an amazing show is going on. Bring with you a friendly attitude that attracts strangers and peculiar situations as well because that’s what its all about.