Road trips are a great American tradition. Just imagine the journey from our home state of New Jersey with incredible views of the ocean, traveling through the rolling hills of Virginia and Tennesse, then onto the great plains of Kansas and into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Seeing the change in scenery is something we find awe-inspiring and soul-stirring.
To enjoy that kind of trip you want a vehicle that is rock-solid without any fear of issues. Nevertheless, being prepared is vital.
Today let’s look at three things you want to bring on every road trip.
A good solid phone mount is an absolute necessity across the country today. Most every state has made it illegal to use your phone for any reason while behind the wheel.
In addition, having an easy place to look every time you need to see GPS directions, or another alert is vital. So, using a quality mount that keeps things in your reach when you get to a stoplight or stop sign makes all the difference when it comes to staying in contact.
This also allows you to put your phone in and take them out of the mount in less than a second. Many mounts today use magnets that you stick to the back of your phone or phone case. If possible, test these out before buying as some phones have sensitive tech that will actually turn the phone off when it’s close to such a force.
Getting a Boost
Jump packs today are priceless when you need them the most. Jumper cables, on the other hand, take up a lot of space. You also need another willing person to let you jump your car with theirs. Finally, you can damage both vehicles easily if you put the wrong clamp on the wrong post.
Modern jump packs come with very clearly labeled clamps. They’re smaller than a shoebox too so they can easily fit in a door pocket or your trunk.
Sacrificing power isn’t a problem either as they’re capable of jumpstarting your car over and over without a loss in performance. On a road trip, they’re a necessity.
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
A good day pack is going to sit and stay in your car all the time but it is especially useful on a road trip. You’ll want to include a quality first aid kit and a crank flashlight that will never require batteries.
A few non-perishable snacks and bottled water are important too. Add in some sanitizer, wet-wipes, toilet paper, and some cleaning cloths too. It may come in handy to have thermal blankets, eating utensils, and even something like a solar charger for small devices.
We’ve heard of others putting safety triangles, flares, tools, and tarps in their day pack too. Whatever you decide you need, keeping it up to date and in the car at all times will come in far more handy than you might guess.