Do Not Leave Home Without These Road Trip Essentials

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When was the last time you’ve been on a road trip?

Do Not Leave Home Without These Road Trip Essentials

We take road trips all of the time, but for me, the most memorable road trips are the ones my parents took us on. As a kid, we went on lots of road trips, but my favorite is when we would drive up to the Gaspé peninsula in Quebec, Canada to visit my uncle and his family. The drive was about 20 hours long, but my mom always packed a huge cooler and we always made lots of stops along the way. Our first stop was always in Montreal where we would visit with my mom’s sister. We’d usually spend one night there and then continue on with our journey. It was always quite an adventure because the roads leading to the Gaspé Peninsula are hilly and quite twisty. We’d make lots of unplanned stops just to explore. I remember one time we stopped at Les Jardins de Métis/Redford Gardens. We had lunch there and then explored the gardens at our leisure.

The first time we drove up there, my uncle lived in Murdochville. Murdochville was a mining town with a population of about 5000. Unfortunately, the mine closed down, most of the residents left the area and it became somewhat of a ghost town. It wasn’t totally abandoned though. People still live there and the current population there is around 750 people. Soon after, my uncle moved to Gaspé.


Gaspé is a beautiful city. I spent a few summers out there. One summer it actually snowed in July. That was quite the experience. Nevertheless, it was always fun out there. I enjoyed visiting nearby tourist destinations such as Percé.

I even made friends out there, which is funny because most of the residents there speak only French. Somehow, we were still able to communicate with each other.

One day I hope to bring my own family to visit the Gaspé Peninsula and hope that they enjoy it as much I did when I was younger. Now that I am older, I kind of dread really long road trips. However, road trips do not have to be long, tiring events if you are prepared for the journey. Although no road trip is perfect (there will be unscheduled stops, unexpected delays and a few detours), there will be more reasons to enjoy yourself if you have the right tools that will ensure your safety and convenience. Here is a list of road trip essentials no one should leave home without:

Road Trip Essentials

First Aid Kit
A basic first aid kit will have those little emergencies covered throughout your time on the road.

Prescription Medication
Pack more than enough prescription medication for the journey so you never run out. Or, make sure that you will have a way of having your prescription refilled even if you are out of town.

Toilet and Bath Essentials
Pit stops along the road may not always offer the amenities you need, so bring a small pack of toiletries with you such as liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, toilet paper and baby wipes. Fill small plastic bottles with favorite products or use samples that come in sachets and vials. These are lighter and easier to carry around in a small bag.

Protection Gear
Consider the weather during your road trip. Whether you are heading out during the summer months or braving the roads during winter, it is critical that you are dressed for comfort and protection. Pack a general use blanket and small pillows to let passengers rest in comfort inside the car. If you intend to sleep outdoors, pack the necessary equipment for this purpose as well.

Pack only non-perishable food items for the trip and make sure to bring enough water to drink. If possible, stick to dry or dehydrated snacks such as raisins, nuts, dried fruits and chips to minimize the mess.

Getting Your Car Ready
A reliable car will assure you of a safe, enjoyable road trip. Make sure that your car is road worthy before heading out and have it checked by your trusty mechanic a few days before leaving. Any issues that may affect your driving should be identified and fixed before the scheduled departure. Do not take risks, particularly if you will be taking your car off-road or driving through an unfamiliar route.

Roadside Assistance
Having ready access to roadside assistance will help you avoid delays and inconvenience on road trips. Flat tires and breakdowns can happen, and the best way to be safe is to get support when you need it most. Roadside assistance services such as Allstate Good Hands Rescue® offer a number of services, such as towing, lockouts, jump-starts, tire changes and dead battery replacements.

The Allstate Good Hands Rescue® service is accessible 24/7 through phone call, text message or online request. All their services are open to everyone and there are no membership fees or insurance policies required. There is also a network of providers throughout the country that can be called or summoned for assistance via the Good Hands Rescue® app. For more information, be sure to visit

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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at

Do Not Leave Home Without These Road Trip Essentials

by Diane time to read: 4 min