Many of my childhood summers included a seriously long trip from NYC to the Jersey shore. A five hundred mile car ride often included boredom and car sickness. I distinctly remember watching for rest stops, just dying for the chance to stretch my legs and get some cold water. Now that I’m older, my sister and I have been planning our ideal east coast fall road trip. Notoriously picturesque, I’m dying to see the autumnal landscapes that have so often been the starring feature of endless wall calendars. I thought that since I’m planning a road trip and I’ve been on more than a few, I’d share some items that really are essential things you should keep in your car for road trips and long-distance journeys.
This basic list of necessities is a great reminder of the little things we sometimes forget in the excitement of getting everyone packed and in the car. Things like trash bags, Tylenol, and air freshner don’t seem important until you’re 100 miles into your trip with a pile of snack wrappers, a headache, and a car that smells entirely of corn chips.
Long car rides are a great way to catch up on your reading, start a new audiobook, or revisit the entire compendium of Disney movie soundtracks. Just make sure they are downloaded beforehand, and that you’re sure to pack your chargers, and for the less-noise inclined, earplugs.
Suffice it to say, when heading out on the road there are a lot of things to consider. In most cases, looking for a car because you plan on road tripping across the country versus looking for a car to shuttle the kids to school and soccer practice, often mean that there will be different features to keep an eye out for. Doing research is where you’ll start to find and define exactly what it is you’re looking for in a vehicle. The best place to start? Cars.com.
If you’re looking to purchase a car, or – as in my sister’s case – rent a car, cars.com is an excellent resource. They have so much great information and they even have three certified child passenger safety technicians who install and write their Car Seat Checks (read more about their car seat checks here). They feature compelling car reviews in addition to research for a specific model, having the option to find cars on sale near you, and even has an option to compare vehicles.
Have you checked out Cars.com? What necessities do you bring on long car rides?