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Road trippin’ must-haves!

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Road trippin must-haves!

In South Africa, there are countless road trip routes and locations that are well-worth the distance. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful country, so there should be no excuse not to take advantage of these life-changing experiences. If you are going to embark on a long road trip, do not wing it. Take the time to do some research on the most essential items that you need to pack. It’s always better to be prepared.

Here is a list of things to help you make the most of your trip:


  • Include audiobooks or podcasts on your trip

With the rise in popularity of audiobooks and podcasts, the variety is endless. This does not mean that you should listen to work-related topics while on holiday; there are many other funny and interesting options to choose from. These books or recordings are a great way to keep you busy, especially if you are the one who is driving. If not, reading in the car can make you feel nauseous, so listening is the best option.


  • Make your music playlists fun

It’s not recommend that you listen to podcasts for your entire trip, so be sure to make a few road trip playlists to lighten up the mood and make things more exciting. It’s always fun when you’re travelling with a group of friends. Good music makes you happier and ensures that the driver doesn’t get sleepy while driving.


  • Pack snacks and water from home

During your trip, you are bound to find yourself stopping several times along the way. To avoid the trip from being too costly, stock up on some snacks and a lot of water at home. It’s always cheaper to bring things from home and it also gives you the opportunity to pack items that are slightly healthier.

Try to stay away from the items that should be kept in the fridge. General snacks include things like crisps, popcorn, nuts and biltong. If you are going to pack things that need to be kept cold, pack yourself a cooler box and try to eat those goodies earlier on in the trip.


  • Make sure you have a GPS & book map on hand

Travelling into the middle of nowhere is more scary than ‘adventurous’. Be sure to have your GPS with you or your phone charged when you are driving. If you need some roadside assistance, your navigator will be able to help you. Also, make sure that you keep a book map in your car if your phone fails you.  With the navigation app, you will feel a lot more confident driving in areas that you are not familiar with.


  • Keep an emergency car kit in case you break down

This is the most important must-have on your road trip. In case of emergency, you will need to have a kit in your car that can help you get out of any stressful situation. If anything goes wrong, at least you will have some jumper cables, a tool kit, some extra water and oil for your engine, and a flashlight if it’s dark. Having both a car charger and a power bank is essential if trouble appears. If your car and cell phone battery die, at least you will have your power bank with you to call for help. Another emergency item is not necessarily for your car, but it is for your journey. Make sure that you have all documentation with you. Be it your licence, ID, registration or proof of insurance, these are all very important to have with you.


  • Keep a first aid kit in your car for safety

A first aid kit is something that is very important if you or a passenger falls sick or gets injured during your trip. If you do not have one, don’t panic. These kits come in a variety of different sizes and can be purchased but you can also make your own. All you will need is some plasters, Dettol, bandages, cotton wool, cold packs, alcohol wipes and an antibiotic cream. You should also pack some painkillers or nausea pills. Be sure to keep your kit out of the sun, and place it in your boot or under a seat.


  • Wear and pack comfortable items

Adding comfort to your journey is something that is going to make the experience more memorable.  Apart from comfy clothing, consider bringing along pillows and blankets to make the seating experience more comfortable. Most used Ford cars have a lot of space to pack all of these things, but if not, minimise the load so that everyone is comfortable. There is nothing worse than being stretched for space while driving long distances. If you are travelling through the night, it could get cold too, so make sure that you have enough to keep you warm. Also, at some point in your trip, you might find yourself falling asleep. If you do, you would want to have a comfy piece of material to put your head on.


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