Road Trip Essentials: What you need to make your next trip a success

Ah summer – the perfect time to bask in the warm sun, enjoy time away from work, and spend time outdoors. If your summer plans include a road trip off to your favorite summer destination, check out our list of road trip essentials you won’t want to forget!

Drinks & Snacks

Hunger and driving just don’t mix – so make sure to include a packed lunch or appropriate number of snacks when you embark on your next adventure. Check out this article for Registered Dietitian Courtney Berg’s top 10 quick and energizing snacks!

First Aid Supplies

Being prepared for anything will make sure nothing wrecks your trip! Pick up a pre-made kit from a drugstore, or DIY one with key items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, sterile gloves, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and pain relief medications.

Reading Material

Be sure to grab some literature to pass the time. Check out our book list on page 13 for some suggestions, or visit your local library to pick out of few favourites of your own!

Music & Podcasts

Before heading out on the open road, download your top tunes and shows to listen offline. Not only will you save on cellular data, you’ll also make sure you don’t have to cruise in silence if you go through an area with sparse cell service!

Emergency Preparedness Kit

Whether you come across some unfamiliar terrain with 5% remaining on phone battery, or you blow a tire and end up on the side of the highway, it’s smart to plan ahead. Top items for your kit include tools, a flashlight, a charger or portable power source, and maps for backup navigation.

Boredom Busters

Pack your crosswords, sudoku, or other puzzles to keep your brain stimulated on the drive. Or if you’d like something a bit more calming and relaxing, try an adult colouring book!

Travel Insurance

You wouldn’t leave your house without your wallet, so why leave the province or country without travel insurance? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Blue Cross offers policies covering up to $5,000,000 in emergency medical care services including hospitalization, tests and diagnostics, emergency dental treatment, ambulance or taxi service, and much more. Learn more about travel insurance options or how you can add a deductible to your travel insurance to save!