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Road Trip Essentials That Every Camper Must Have

by janeausten
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Most people love going on road trips to meet new people and explore new areas. However, many of them are wondering what to bring on that kind of trip. The good news is that you don’t need much – just a vehicle, a bunch of snacks, a good playlist, and a few essentials for road trips. Yet, packing for a road trip may end up as a very stressful experience as well as the road trip itself if you are not well organized. Therefore, we have created a list of important road trip essentials. 

A trustworthy and easy setup tent

A tent that is easy to pack away and quick to set up will save you from unnecessary hassle on a camping road trip. It is advisable to pick a tent with a groundsheet and flysheet to protect you from the cold and rain. Besides, don’t forget to assemble the tent a few times before you start your road trip adventure.

Paper map and GPS

For road trips, a good old paper map is always convenient. Carry it with you if your route will take you out of cell service or off the grid. Besides, a paper map is better than a phone app for informing you about the difference between a gnarly road and a well-graded gravel road. In short, a paper map is always helpful for road trips as well as GPS for navigation when you don’t have cell service. If you don’t want to buy a GPS, simply download Google Maps or instead use the maps.me app. It’s also a handy free app that can help you navigate and find amenities and sights without reception. All you have to do is to ensure to download the map for the area you are going to be exploring beforehand so that it can work offline.

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are also essential equipment on road trips. However, the best warmth comes with tapered sleeping bags that are mummy-shaped. It is a good idea to get one with a compression sack that enables the sleeping bag to be squished up into a compact, small size.

First-aid kit

In case of an emergency, be prepared and stay safe by putting together a car first-aid kit. You can simply put it in the trunk so it is there when you require it or, for easy storage, strap it to the back of the headrest. In addition, bring a small bag that you can fill with essential things and take on backpacking trips, day hikes, and other adventures. Other things that should have a place in your first-aid kit as well include a flashlight, jumper cables, and hi-vis safety vests. For sure, reliable automatic knives are always good to have with you whether you’re cutting rope and branches or just slicing apples and cheese.

Lantern, headlamps, and hands-free torch

To any camping essential list, a wind-up lantern is a very useful addition. It is easy to use and a sustainable product. Headlamps are very handy as well because they are so easy to carry and pretty compact. Another camping essential is a hands-free torch. For emergency use, you can keep it in the glove compartment, while you can also use it at your camping place at night. 

Footwear and clothing

What clothes to wear on a road trip? The answer is those comfortable to travel in and durable for the activities you are planning to do. Don’t forget trekking boots if you go to the mountain, a swimsuit and flip-flops if you are to the beach, and adequate footwear if you plan to go for a long walk. It is recommended to watch the weather forecast before you travel to see if you will need a coat, raincoat, an umbrella or swimsuit and sunscreen.

Kitchen utensils and food

When you decide to go on a road trip with a van, it is advisable to take utensils from home with you. But if you can, buy sturdy hard plastic cups and crockery that are light and not prone to break. Of course, do not forget a frying pan, knives, forks, spoons, cutting board, drainer, etc. When it comes to food, bring butter, cereals, bread, pasta, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, eggs, honey, sugar, cans, water, juices and soft drinks, beer, wine…

We mentioned only the essential things that you have to bring with you when you decide to go on a long road trip with a van. Of course, there are many other things you should consider to be fully prepared for this kind of adventure.

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