6 Outdoor Essentials For Every Road Trip – Guest Post: Jessica Smith

I’ve got another travel head who’ll be taking over the writing duties for this blog post guys! You are reading a piece from Jessica Smith, who kindly emailed me expressing her interest in writing for the blog. Jessica will be discussing about the most important things that need to be packed away for a road trip in order for it to be safe and stress-free. Obviously going by the title!

Now, I’m gonna hand you over to Jessica with some road trip essentials of hers:

There is something about road trips that makes everybody scream with joy! Be it with family, friends or a travelling group, a road trip never ceases to amaze us! In order to have a comfortable time on the road, there are a few essentials that everybody must carry.

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Here is a list of things to check off before you hit the road!


Do not, I repeat, do not hit the road without a map in hand! It is quite easy to get lost and drive up miles in the wrong direction. Be it a GPS or a good old paper map, take one along and mark the route you need to follow. If you plan to use GPS you can find the best route to follow by avoiding traffic jams and bad roads. Some apps guide you along the way and suggest the best route as you go. Get your shotgun to guide you so that you can drive away with ease.

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It is obvious that you need a bag to carry all your essentials and would be ideal to pick a sturdy one. As you know, you will end up digging into your backpack every few hours and thus, go for a high-quality bag that can withstand all the throwing in and take out. A waterproof backpack will make for an ideal choice, as it will keep your belongings safe in rainy weather.

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Tool Pouch

A handy tool pouch is a must when you hit the road. Be it a short journey or a long one, it is essential to pack a tool kit consisting of all the essentials you will need on your journey. You never know when you might need a hammer or a screwdriver, as a handy tool kit can help you fix pretty much anything! Carry a comprehensive tool kit consisting of a hammer, a screwdriver, a set of blades, some jack stands, a metal cutter, emergency lights, a spare tire, and a few nuts and bolts. Feel free to add in more tools, but make sure you do not over do it as it can end up becoming too heavy for the car.

Cranberry juice

Kick out sodas and opt for cranberry juice! Cranberry juice is an excellent option to carry along on a road trip, as it contains multivitamins and nutrients that can keep you alert and full of energy. What’s more, cranberry juice is said to deal with urinary tract infections, which means you can stay protected when you decide to jump into a lake or a pool. Pack at least two to three cans of cranberry juice, so that you have enough to last the entire trip. Go for fresh pressed juice and avoid processed ones, as they can contain refined sugar.

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Not all like to hit the road cooped inside cars and some prefer taking road trips on bikes. If you happen to be one such person, make sure you fill up your bike with enough gas to take you far! Bikes such as KTM are suitable for a variety of terrains such as mountains and valleys. These kinds of bikes give you top speeds and are easier to maneuver in rocky areas. Make sure your bike is quite lightweight and easy to clean. If you are going on a trip with your buddies go on separate bikes and have a splendid time exploring the surroundings of your wheels.


No matter how advanced we become, packing for a road trip is never complete without a blanket! It is especially important to carry one if you plan to stay out for the night. A warm blanket can keep out cold and also prevent insects and bugs from biting. Invest in a waterproof blanket, as it can keep you dry in rainy weather. A thermal blanket can keep you safe and warm during cold winter months. Try to pack at least two blankets so that you have a backup in case it gets too cold.

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Some other essential items to pack for the trip include a sanitizer, a water bottle, bug spray, and spare batteries.

These are just a few of the important things you need to carry when you hit the road. Feel free to pack more essentials based on your needs.

Author’s Bio

“Jessica Smith has been writing for a few years now. She is a writer by day and reader by night. She was a very quiet child but writing always inspired her and that is why she began writing in her free time. She loves reading, be it a newspaper, a book or anything. She also loves cooking, traveling and dancing. She wants to be a successful writer as writing is her passion.”

Thank you guys for taking the time out to read Jessica’s piece on essentials for road trip. I hope you enjoyed the post and her insight. They’ll be more of these guest posts in the future I hope, as I’m looking to make my travel content more diverse.

Interested in featuring on the blog as a guest writer/contributor or as part of a collab? Feel free to DM me on Twitter or Instagram or email me at JAiwone@gmail.com

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!


  1. March 10, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    These are great ideas! I hadn’t considered the cranberry juice, and I think it’s a really excellent idea. Thank you for sharing!

    • Johnny
      March 11, 2019 / 8:42 am

      Anytime Savannah, glad you liked Jessica’s suggestions

  2. Thesacredspaceap
    March 18, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    Great suggestions! I need to invest in a map and remember to take blankets with me in future.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Johnny
      March 19, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      You’re welcome Alyssa, gotta fight off those cold vibes 💪🏾

  3. March 18, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    I always try to take healthy alternatives on the road for drinks! I end up eating gas station food the whole trip so it’s the only real sustenance I get, lol! Thanks for this 🙂

    • Johnny
      March 19, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      😂😂😂 Gotta make those alternatives better in taste then! Glad you enjoyed the read xD

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