If you’re anything like me, you spend a decent amount of time going from place to place in your car. You most likely have a love/hate relationship with it, but that’s besides the point. With summer coming up, you’re going to want to go places and do something exciting so you have pictures to show and stories to tell when you come back to school in the fall. Here are some things you’ll probably need in order to survive on the road:
1. Phone Charger
This is probably the most important thing to remember to keep in your car at pretty much all times. Chances are, you use your phone for just about anything. There have been plenty of times I’ve been on a long drive and needed my phone in order to keep in contact with somebody, for GPS, or to play my music from. Keeping a charger in your car just makes things so convenient.
2. Google Maps App
Having the Google Maps app is helpful when you’re going somewhere new and need directions. Instead of having a separate gadget to direct you to where you need to go, you could easily just get this app on your phone instead. It saves time and is most likely more responsive all-around.
3. Spotify App
If you have a car radio with bluetooth compatibility or an auxiliary plug, the Spotify App could save you a lot of time burning CDs to play in your car. Although the app is only available with Spotify Premium for about $10 per month, there is a free trial available for a month so take advantage of it! If you like the service enough to pay the monthly fee, you’ll be able to create playlists for long drives ahead of time so there’s no need to switch CDs every half hour or so.
I think it’s safe to say that a decent percentage of our population has some sort of dependence on coffee. Running out to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks before you head out on a long drive will definitely keep you awake and energized while you’re on the road.
5. Vent Air Freshener
Keeping an air freshener that can clip onto your air condition vent is a pretty smart thing to keep on hand as well. Everyone enjoys a fresh scent and this could make you feel a lot better when getting into your car. These vent clips work a lot better than regular car fresheners because when you turn your AC on, the scent gets dispersed pretty evenly throughout the car.
6. Emergency Kit
This is something a lot of people usually over think and never bother to keep in their car but having an emergency kit stashed away somewhere in your vehicle can only help you. You never know when your battery might die or you might need a first aid kit and keeping this small bag stashed away in your trunk might end up being really helpful.
7. Spare Tire and Jack
This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the emergency kit but I think it is important for this to have its own number. There have been so many times that either me or my friends have gotten stuck on the side of the road because of a flat tire and keeping a spare in your trunk could save you a lot of time in case you fall victim to a flat too. Be sure to read up on how to actually change a tire on google too. You don’t want to sit there with the tools to fix the problem and not actually know how to fix it yourself.
These are just a few things and there are plenty more that you could make sure you have that might be a little more personal to you. Everyone has different needs so make sure you think about what might come in handy while you’re driving around this summer. Being prepared makes things a lot easier for you and your passengers in the long run.