Essential Items should carry while Riding
If you plan on getting into any kind of adventure and want to capture it on video a GoPro is an absolute must. If you aren’t sure how much you’re going to use it check out theGoPro Hero 3. If you are planning on capturing and editing tons of high quality video splurge for the Hero 4 Kit.
When I used to take road trips, I would either buy car chargers for my electronics, or try to measure my battery life in miles per minute! Nowadays, I don’t do either! No, I haven’t thrown all my electronics out the window, I just finally purchased a voltage inverter. They plug into your 12v plug-in your car and then allow you to plug standard plugs in on the other end.
I know what your thinking here, “my cell phone has a great GPS” or I use “Google maps”. Cell phones are great until you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with no service while on your road trip. This usually happens at the intersection of BFE and No Mans Land, when you have to make a decision. Garmin makes a solid product, and most of them now come with free lifetime map updates included.
Lauren is an avid wildlife spotter, and I can’t tell you how many times we both want to get a better look at something off in the distance. We always bring binoculars on our trips and have never regretted it.
First Aid Kit
You never know when a disaster (big or small) will strike. Pack yourself a handy littletravel first aid kit, and you’ll always be prepared.
Roadside Emergency Kit
Speaking of emergencies, it’s always smart to be ready for those roadside emergencies too. This Roadside Emergency kit, has everything you need in case something goes wrong.
I’ve carried a good folding pocket knife with me for years, and I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve used it. You could also fancy it up with a folding Gerber multi-tool if you’d like, but I get by with my knife just fine.
Whether it’s a full on rain coat or just a water proof jacket, always have one in the car. On our last trip we got rained on in the desert! In addition to helping with the rain a good waterproof set of rain gear works well when you visit somewhere misty like the Smoky Mountians, or even the beach in the Pacific Northwest.
We always bring a sleeping bag with us on road trips even when we are not planning on overnighting outdoors. Many people will bring a comforter or blanket, but they always seem to get bunched up. Sleeping bags are usually light weight, and come with straps or ties so they can tuck away neatly in the car and don’t become cumbersome.
I must say that I used to think traveling with a journal was best left to hipsters and poets. On our last 35-day trip I made it a point to do two things. 1. Bring a journal and 2. Make myself write for 10 minutes each night. By doing this I ended up writing about a lot of little things that I would have forgotten about otherwise.
Good Walking Shoes
I know this is a road trip gear list, but Once you get to your destination you usually end up doing quite a bit of walking. Nothing ruins a trip or a vacation more than sore feet. Also, if you like to wander off the beaten path, like we do, you’ll find yourself wandering into places where flimsy shoes or flip-flops just won’t do. I absolutely love my Montrail waterproof shoes I wear them all day every day and they keep me dry and comfy.