Plan the Perfect Road Trip: Road Trip Essentials and More

For years, driving seemed to be a necessary evil to me- I drove to get from Point a –> Point b.

Well, now, this way of thinking about road trips has totally changed. Road trips can be freaking awesome, and they are one of the best ways to explore a destination- you´ll probably end up seeing places you never would see if you traveled by plane and public transport only.

Use these road trip travel tips to have a fantastic road trip as well, and I am sure you´ll enjoy yours as much as I am enjoying mine now. I cannot wait for my annual road trip which will start someday in June!

Find out about what to pack for a road trip, road trip essentials, road trip necessities, and what to think about when planning the perfect road trip!

The first thing is to understand that road tripping is not only a way to get around. Though there are some places more beautiful than others, the goal should not be to arrive as quickly as possible– make a few more stop. These are stops are not necessary but will make the trip much more fun.

This is probably one of the most important things to keep in mind when you plan a road trip.

Here are some more tips for a great road trip: Plan my road trip!

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Travel Tips for a Perfect Road Trip

Planning: Driving with a rental car or your own car?

What to Know When Driving With Your Own Car

Get your car checked

• Better to check too much than too little. Are the wheels okay? The breaks, and everything else?


• Does your car have proper insurance?

Roadside Rescue Service

• Be prepared for all emergencies


• Vehicle Registration

• Registration Documents

What to Know When Driving With Your Rental Car

When renting a car, the price is important, but not the only aspect to think about. You should also think about the

• size

• what kind of insurance

• manual/automatic

• what kind of gas

• AC in summer


  •  Does your car have proper insurance?

Roadside rescue service

• Be prepared for all emergencies


• Vehicle Registration

• Registration Documents

Click here to find out why a travel insurance is so essential.

Check Out Rates for a Rental Car

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Preparations for your Road Trip – Road Trip Essentials List

Clean your car before traveling

Check if you have a

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B0030AA3YK” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Safety Vest[/easyazon_link]
  • Spare tire
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B0006MQJ1G” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]First Aid Kit[/easyazon_link]


  • If you have to pay toll fees for using freeways, etc.
  • If your license is valid and good to use at your destination

Do a rough plan of your itinerary:

  • Plan which places you want to see for sure, where you´d like to sleep, etc., but leave some room for spontaneous ideas.
  • Book accommodation in advance, so so that you do not have to worry about that

Pack a “carry-on” bag and position it practically, so it is ready to hand (find out how to pack a perfect carry-on – though, I wrote it for flights, it can also be partly used for road trips).

Take some extra money and leave it somewhere in the car (change and bills)

Note down addresses and phone numbers on a piece of paper (just in case)


  •  spare key
  • extra water for the car (so, actually not only for you but also if your car needs water).
  •  [easyazon_link identifier=”B011841302″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]GPS[/easyazon_link]- it makes driving so much easier
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1910218421″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Street Map[/easyazon_link]
  • entertainment ([easyazon_link identifier=”B0189I2980″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]iPod[/easyazon_link], CDs, [easyazon_link identifier=”B000X1MX7E” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]audio books etc.)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01M1EXQY4″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Smartphone[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01I0XDQP4″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Free-Hand Calling [/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00ISGCAJM” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Car Charger[/easyazon_link]
  • Buy a [easyazon_link identifier=”B000W72GBC” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Gas Can[/easyazon_link] and fill it with gas
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00QTMI0LO” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Blanket [/easyazon_link] – for a break, for an emergency
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B0043D68YW” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Wet Wipes[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B010OW13V8″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Tissues[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B01BOWFQTW” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Sanitizer[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B0039SLSU6″ locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]Travel Mug[/easyazon_link]

Make a “first aid kit” (and keep the other first aid kit only for emergencies: pack some band-aids, a little scissor, knife, fork, salt, sugar, chewing gum etc.)

Have some snacks and drinks in a little bag (or even in a [easyazon_link identifier=”B007ZYH4BM” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]cooling box[/easyazon_link]

Wear [easyazon_link identifier=”B06X16DT2W” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]good and comfortable shoes[/easyazon_link] (no high heels, no flip flops) and comfortable clothes ([easyazon_link identifier=”B01EMOVIVO” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]t-shirt[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link identifier=”B01EXOGN5O” locale=”US” tag=”arzot-20″]sweatpants[/easyazon_link] etc.)

My last and probably one of the most important advices which MUST be followed:

Don´t Drink & Drive

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Switzerland Road Trip

I hope, this tips help you to have a great road and safe road trip!

Safe Travels, Arzo

P.S. Talking about road trips: My favorite road trip was driving through in Switzerland, but Belgium and France is high on my list – find out why road tripping Belgium and France is on my list. If you are interested in good European road trips check out this post where it is about a Heidelberg Road Trip. If you are looking more for a guide how to plan your itinerary click here.


Safe Travels, Arzo