Road trips can be a productive way to visit family or friends this summer, or just to get away.  As you travel, you are able to see not only your destination but many interesting sights along the way.

For shorter trips, driving instead of flying has many benefits.  Security at the airport, germs in airports and airplanes, the high cost of low quality food in airplanes and airports can all be avoided by taking a road trip.

Plus, even if you have a long distance to travel, it can be rather enjoyable to spend time in your own vehicle with family or friends.  You can travel as much or as little as you would like to every day.  The flexibility can be a huge blessing if you have factored in plenty of time for your road trip.

1. Pure drinking water

You do not want to drink tap water on the way, even if you drink it at home (which is still not advisable).  It’s important to stay hydrated on the road.  Go here to read 5 Dangers of Dehydration.

2.  A cooler of healthy food

You can bring as much food on your trip as your cooler will fit.  The benefits of this concept are endless.  First, you can eat on your own schedule instead of when you see a restaurant you like.

Second, you will save time.  Instead of driving half an hour out of your way to eat, you can stop at a rest area and eat.

Third, you can avoid digestive issues.  By bringing food to which your body is accustomed, you can limit discomfort of your digestive system.

Fourth, you can eat healthier.  Even the healthier options for eating out are not the best, and you can avoid those digestive issues.

Here are a few ideas of foods to pack:

  • Nuts
  • Fruit (washed and ready to eat)
  • Vegetables (washed and ready to eat)
  • Taco salad ingredients
  • Ingredients for wraps (You can use lettuce for a healthy tortilla alternative)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)
  • Salads (with dressing packed separately)
  • Granola and protein bars
  • Frozen smoothies
  • Protein shakes

Be sure to keep plenty of ice in your cooler to avoid spoiling of your food.

3.  Disposable plates, forks, spoons.

You will not need to worry about washing your good dishes or breaking them on the trip.  Also, clean up will be much faster.

4.  Books and audio books.

While travel may be a popular time to watch movies, have you considered having a screen-free road trip?  Depending on the length of your road trip, you can read or listen to several books.

5.  A camera

You will want to capture and bring back memories of your road trip.  You may think you will remember everything, but you may be surprised how much more you will remember after looking back at your pictures.

6.  Sturdy walking shoes

Take time along your road trip to stop and walk or hike.  Sitting all day in a car can be exhausting.  Get out, get some fresh air, and stretch your legs.  Take pictures not just as your destination but also along the way.

7.  Hand sanitizer

Since you do not have running water in your car, you will need hand sanitizer to use before you eat (and after you use some rest areas).  It’s important to maintain good personal hygiene as you travel.  Who wants to spend a road trip feeling ill?

8.  Natural Remedies

In case you do become ill during your road trip, you want natural remedies to help you feel better as soon as possible.  In addition, you want to take natural remedies to avoid catching any bugs you will encounter.

Vacations are meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating times.  Becoming ill while you travel is the last thing you want to happen.

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