So, you are finally getting around to planning that road trip of your dreams. And why not? When you invested in your vehicle you probably envisioned it could do more than just get you from home to work and back again. A great vehicle should serve more than one function. Start using your vehicle to realize some of your travel dreams and you will feel a lot better about those monthly payments.
Before you embark on your first big road trip, you should probably pick up some gear to help you out on your journey. What you invest in will depend on the type of trip you are going to take.
Are you planning to take a camping tour of the country’s national parks? Well, you probably want to get yourself set up with a great tent, cook stove, some hiking boots, a flashlight, a compass, and definitely a great knife. If you don’t want to sleep outside, perhaps you can convert your wagon into the ultimate car-camping experience with either an inflatable single mattress or a rolled up mat- this way you can use your vehicle as a bedroom at night and still put everything away when you head into town and want to look respectable. Aside from the essentials, there are some beautiful activities worth enjoying in the National Parks, so it might be wise to invest in a fishing pole (hey, your fun can double as acquiring dinner- so long as you acquire the proper permits), bird watching guides and binoculars, and a book detailing constellations.
What if you aren’t taking a camping tour, though? If you are planning a more metropolitan trip, there are still some essential items you will want. Invest in a great thermos to keep your tea/coffee warm, or a soup you can buy at the deli of a grocery store. Think about investing in layers of clothing- if you are going to be spending significant amounts of time in your car, you aren’t going to want to have a huge jacket that you need to take on and off- dress in layers.
A car trip can be an incredibly fun experience, just make sure you prepare yourself and you will have the trip of a lifetime.