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Camping Essentials For Road Trips

If you’re planning your next getaway for a night outdoors, there are certain essentials you won’t want to miss! Here are some of our top picks that will make your trip run that bit more smoothly… 

Snacks

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There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a trip with a hangry passenger. Snacks are an absolute must. They are great for saving money and you can take anything you want! We recommend a mix of healthy foods like baby carrots, apples, nuts and crackers. But of course, feel free to take some junk food too. If you can’t treat yourself on your holidays, when can you?

 

Good Navigation Apps

Have you ever been driving and lost your way? We all have at some point, but not having any signal to use a navigation app can throw a spanner in the works. This is why it’s so important to have a good navigation app. Have a look around and play around with navigation apps. See which one works best for you and you’ll be that bit more prepared if you take a wrong turn.

 

Chargers

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Chances are, you’ll use a whole variety of tech on your journey, from your phone and headphones to speakers and more. Take car chargers with you, and try to pack more than one. It’s all well and good your devices having the same port, but if multiple die, you’re better off with more than enough chargers for all your devices.

 

Headphones

Speaking of tech, we recommend taking a good set of headphones. They are perfect for when you just need to zone out and have a little bit of time to yourself, whether it’s listening to music or watching a movie. You can take a pick between a good set of noise-cancelling headphones or some more traditional styles. Headphones can get pricey but you get what you pay for. You can even get wireless headphones that are very compact and perfect for travelling.

 

Music

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Music is an absolute necessity when it comes to road-tripping. Make yourself a good road trip playlist and download a few audiobooks or podcasts while you’re at it. You might not think about it, but the music you listen to on your trip can make it so much more enjoyable!

 

Things to Wear

This should go without saying, but take the right clothing (and pack for all weathers!). Take a bit more than you’ll need and always pack more socks than you think you need. Take a few pairs of shoes, and remember extras such as raincoats and suitable backpacks.

 

Medication

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Sitting while driving over a long period of time can take a toll. Ibuprofen, paracetamol and other medication can be a handy thing to have. It could also be worth taking a packet of plasters and some bandages and dressing in case of emergencies. 

 

First Aid Equipment

It is better to be prepared and not need it than to be underprepared. Even if you are just going on a short trip, you never really know what’s going to happen – especially if you are planning any activities like hiking or climbing during your trip. You don’t need to out-do an ambulance; a simple first aid kit will be just fine.

 

Car Games

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It’s never fun, but traffic is part and parcel of driving. If you get stuck in traffic, it’s handy to have a few car games to play. Even having a simple deck of cards at hand can be ideal. Have a quick Google – you’ll be surprised how many games there are for you to play while you’re sat in traffic. 

 

Toiletries & Personal Care

Obviously, while you are road tripping, you aren’t necessarily going to be able to go jump in the bath or shower. Keeping toiletries on hand can help alleviate that. Having things like toilet paper and hand sanitiser will come in handy too. There are kits you can buy that have everything you’ll need.

 

So, there you have it – our top picks for road trip essentials. There will be more things you’ll need, but these are our top picks. Just use your common sense and you’ll be fine! Now, go out there and have a good trip.

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