5 Must-Have Road Trip Essentials

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Last week, Adam and I took a road trip through Arizona and drove up to Sedona. It was magical!

The red rocks of Sedona are truly remarkable and unlike anything I have ever seen. We try to make a trip up North at least once a year to escape the summer heat, and this year we ventured up to admire the beauty of Sedona, Arizona.

Before we headed up to our red rock paradise, there were a few things I made sure we did prior to leaving our home. In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of our must-have road trip essentials for all of our adventures we've made!

5 Must-Have Road Trip Essentials

#1 Road maps

We've all dreaded it at some point--what happens when you get stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cell service/a dead phone? I remember the days of the 90s before GPS in cars and nice robot ladies who live in my phone telling me which direction to take. I remember the days of me and my mom printing out directions before we headed out to our road trip destination, and bringing extra road maps with us for those "just in case" moments. 

Trust me on this one, you'll want a map you can hold in your hand during your road trip.

Technology is a beautiful thing, but the moment it fails on you is when you want a plan b in place. You can print out maps ahead of time, or you can stock up on some road maps inside of the closest Walmart. Having the piece of mind and knowing we had a map in our glove compartment if we needed it made our trip all the more enjoyable!

#2 Camera

You never know when you'll find the perfect photo opportunity on the road. 

Bring a camera with you! Some of my favorite travel photography has come from those spontaneous moments driving from one destination to another. Whether it's a beautiful sunset, a great scenic pullover along the freeway, or even the people you're traveling with, you will want a camera to capture the memories of your road trip for the future. In fact, last year I started printing out some of my favorite travel photos and I have been putting them into my very own travel keepsake notebook. If you don't have a professional camera you want to take with you, a smartphone camera can be a great alternative to make sure you can capture any photos or videos from your road trip.

#3 Water and Snacks

Adam and I always bring snacks and plenty of water along for the ride when we take a road trip.

A few weeks after we first moved in together, we drove up from our home in Boston to Maine and I remember how parched and hangry we both were. Our trip was horrible and we were both really grouchy, and there were no stops to make along the way to get something to eat or a sip of water. Needless to say, we learned after one of our first trips as a married couple that we would always bring snacks and water along for the ride!

#4 Oil change

Make sure to get your car checked out and have your oil changed before you hit the road!

I'll be the first to admit I do not know a ton of information about cars, but this I know--get your oil changed before any big trip in the car and you won't regret it! When Adam and I were driving up and through the mountain ranges, our car was really working hard to get through miles and miles of tough terrain and steady incline. Having our oil changed beforehand helped prepare our engine to keep it strong for those tough mountain climbs all throughout Arizona.

The last stop we made before we took our trip up to Sedona was at Walmart--I picked up everything I needed for our trip while we waited and had our oil changed in the Walmart Automotive Care Center. Right now, they're having a Rollback deal on oil changes with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® from June 15 - September 28 that you can take advantage of if you're in need of an oil change ($39.88 on Rollback to $35.88). 

#5 Chargers

If there's one thing I have learned from multiple trips around Arizona it's that my cell phone searching for signal out in the middle of the desert really takes a toll on my cell phone battery life!

My cell phone is more than just a tool of entertainment on the road--it serves as a way to get in contact with someone in the event that we need help along the way throughout our travels. The last thing I would want would be to have our car break down along the middle of the road, and learn that I had burned down my battery life from using Snapchat too much and that I didn't bring a charger cable with me. 

Bring a charger and any car-to-phone adapter you may need for anyone who's traveling with you.

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  1. We are going on one last road trip in a couple of weeks and I NEED to get my oil changed! Thanks for the reminder! :)

  2. I love Sedona! I had my honeymoon there. Snacks are a must have for me because I am vegan and gluten free. I always bring a cooler too!

  3. I've never been out to Sedona, but I totally need to put it on our list...those photos look amazing! Thanks for the tips...and the reminder about Pennzoil's rollback pricing, too! #client

  4. I am the worst about taking my car in for routine check ups and that includes before road trips. I need to be better about that. Thanks for the tips! ps Great photos too!!!


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