Summer Road Trip Essentials

Saturday, June 09, 2018
Image from Livi Gosling
It's almost summer which means that it's a perfect time for road trips around the country! I used to go camping with my friends and family around the UK growing up which felt like a road trip as we went to Cornwall, Dorset and various places in Wales and Scotland which are all a fair drive away from Manchester. I'd love to go on a road trip around the UK again as there are so many cities that I need to visit including Bath, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Penzance, Oxford and Cambridge! Here are some of my top tips and ideas for your summer road trip:

First Aid & Safety 
One of the most important aspects of a road trip is safety whether it's a basic first aid kit, allergy helpers, sun safety or painkillers, it's important to have a little first aid and emergency kit in your car for a road trip. We have one in the car all of the time which includes essentials such as painkillers, plasters, bandages, hand sanitiser and more. SPF, water bottles, a sun hat, fan, cooling water sprays or germolene would all be great additions too.

Tech & Entertainment 
For any car journey, I always take my phone, earphones and a book so that when I'm parked or if I'm not driving then I have some form of entertainment. Audiobooks are amazing especially via BookBeat which is a audiobook subscription service which is unlike others in that you pay one fixed price per month and you can listen to as many audiobooks as you want in that month rather that other services in which you have to pay per audiobook. My Sudio Sweden earphones are also a must as they look gorgeous, they never tangle, they're almost noise cancelling and so comfortable which is perfect for long journeys.

Snacks & Extras 
As well as my phone and earphones, another essential in my handbag is a snack of some kind which for me is usually a snack bar (I love the Nakd snack bars). Fruit, veggie sticks and sandwiches are great road trip snacks along with fruit juice and water. I have a few food favourites posts you can read for more snack ideas.

A few extras I can recommend include making sure you have enough data on your phone, phone or camera in-car chargers are essentials and blankets, an umbrella and extra tote bags would be some of my recommended extras for road trips.

Car Care 
Last but not least is the most important aspect of a road trip, car safety! There are a few safety checks that would be pertinent to check before a long car journey such as your breaks, tyre pressure, oil and fuel levels, break fluid and wheel alignment, among others. Some of those checks and top-ups you could easily do yourself such as refilling the oil in your car, adding more water to your windscreen wash, checking the oil and fuel levels but there are a couple of checks that could be done by a professional.

You could get professional wheel alignment at Iverson Tyres Ltd London Branch which is important for the health and safety of your car. "Correct wheel alignment to the specification required by your vehicle maximizes tyre life and your vehicle will track straight and true when driving along a straight and level road. Incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear that can affect the handling and safety of your vehicle." Additionally, tread depth, bulges or cracks in the tyres and break pad wear are important to look at as well.

What are your road trip essentials, safety tips or advice? 

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  1. first aid is a big one for me. I'm always prepared for the worst!

  2. SNACKS. Sweeties is a must for me, that and my puncture repair kit and AJ's iPad!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  3. I always need a GPS with me....crap at reading maps x

  4. I’d love to go on a road trip!


  5. Thanks for the tips! I hope to go on some road trips this year now we have a car.

  6. I love a good road trip! The right snacks are essential!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  7. We're planning a road trip in the States later this year so this post is super helpful, thanks lovely.

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

  8. I always have to carry some sort of first aid with me. I'm so accident prone! x

    Brooke |

  9. I want to go on a summer road trip! x

  10. I always seem to forget first aid and without a doubt I always have an accident. I'm so clumsy!

    Faye Jessica |

  11. This is such a great post idea!! Road trips are so much fun. xxx

  12. Definitely agreeing with them all, esp car snacks. They’re the best.

  13. My family and I are going on a min road trip, I'll for sure be referring back to this post!!

  14. I'll definitely check out your snack suggestions. That's the number 1 concern when you're expecting! xx

  15. A charger for definite. My phone always run out if batteries and a few cheeky snacks ��

  16. There are so many places in the UK that I want to visit, especially anywhere south of London! So many good tips here x

  17. I would love to go on a road trip across the USA x

  18. This makes me want to go on a road trip! It's one of my favourite things to do on a nice sunny day :)
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  19. I always take tonnes of snack on my road trips for nibbles! x

  20. Is it really bad that snacks are the most important for me?!xo

    Char |

  21. Don’t forget to keep spf in the glove box!

  22. Snacks is definitely an essential for me!

    Ayse x


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