Road Trip Necessities

“Hurry, grab your bag, and dump a ton of condiments in it,” Brad whispered as we prepared to exit Larkburger in Boulder, CO. We had left all of our condiments in the camper before we flew back to CT, and were in desperate need of some after eating camp stove dinners the past few nights. Although Brad’s an exquisite camping chef, just trust me, you will want some.

Condiments are just one of the few items we felt were necessary on the road trip. Aside from packing clothes (be sure to pack for the weather), there are a lot of other things you’re gonna need on the road. We’ve compiled a list of what we felt was truly vital on the road.

Things we had that were stellar:

  • America the Beautiful pass– By far the best purchase we made for the road trip. It’s an annual pass that allows the two signers of the card to access all of the National Landmarks for free. It saved us SO much money. You can purchase the pass for $80 online, or purchase it in person at any national landmark.
  • Baby wipes-Great for a quick clean-up, especially when you haven’t showered in a few days.
  • Brita H20 filtered water bottle– You may be sketched out by the running water at some places, so buy one of the Brita bottles & you’ll be set with clean water.
  • Quarters– Best for parking meters, laundry, & late night coffee.
  • Laundry detergent– You’ll need to get in some clean clothes while on your journey. The to-go-pods are 100% the most practical.
  • Ziploc bags– These are a lifesaver, awesome for stowing food, medicine, quarters, and really anything you can squeeze in one. They’re great!
  • Garbage bags– The trash accumulates. Plus, they’re perfect for storing clothes, food, & other miscellaneous shit.
  • Air fresheners– If you’re going to be showering as little as we did, you’ll need these.
  • Snacks– It can be difficult to eat healthy on the road, & inconvenient to stop, so stock up on your favorite healthy snacks (trail mix, kale chips, nuts, etc.) beforehand!
  • Sunscreen– You just need it, especially if you’re pale like Bronwen.
  • Knife– On the road, it is highly  likely that you’ll find yourself in some places where your safety is questionable. It’s always good to be prepared with some protection.
  • Napkins– Steal from all fast food/gas stations you stop at.
  • First-aid kit– No brainer.
  • Jumper cables– Just incase!

If you’re camping, like us:

  • Tent– Self explanatory.
  • Camping stove– We spent a lot of money on food, but cooking it yourself is a great way to save money. Don’t forget your propane!
  • A few camping dishes– Don’t forget a sponge & some soap.
  • Condiments– Trust me, you’ll want these to add some flavor to your camping food. Just steal them like the napkins.

Things we didn’t pack, we wish we had:

  • EZ-pass– Let me put it this way: We spent over $40 just driving up from Maryland to Connecticut. You’ll definitely want one.
  • Can opener– Just handy to have. Brad kept opening our cans of tuna with his pocket knife, & let me tell you, it’s much easier to just bring a can opener.

Hope this helps anyone looking for some advice before taking-off! Goodluck on your trip!

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