There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a long journey and suddenly realising you’ve left something you need back at home. To help you avoid this frustration, we’ve put together a checklist of items you won’t want to forget when you hit the road this spring.
Whether you’re opting to rely on a sat nav, a map - or more sensibly, both - you’re unlikely to get where you’re going without encountering some sort of problem should you not pack either of these essentials.
First aid supplies
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Even if you only require headache tablets or a plaster for a paper cut, it’s more efficient to have these things to hand rather than having to stop at a shop to try and hunt them down.
Where you’re travelling to will determine the documentation you’re required to bring with you. So make sure you’ve got all the right bits of paper packed in your suitcase.
A spare tyre, jump leads, a jack and a high-vis jacket will come in handy should you break down, as will the details of your breakdown service.
Be prepared for hunger to strike at the very moment you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. Rather than rely on the proximity of a shop, pack a selection of snacks and drinks to keep you feeling full and refreshed all journey long.
If you’re in for the long haul, you can stay feeling fresh and clean with some carefully selected toiletries. Pack things like baby wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, deodorant and sunscreen.
Pillows and blankets
If you’re travelling through the night, pillows and blankets will keep you comfy and warm. This is particularly important if you know it's going to be cold. There’s always a chance you could break down, so staying warm is vital if you get stranded.
Capturing memories is a holiday must, so make sure your camera is in the bag along with its charger and spare batteries.
A good soundtrack will make the journey more enjoyable. Why not create a playlist before you set off? Just don’t forget to take it with you.
Take some essentials with you that can come to your salvation in your hour of need. WD40, an adjustable spanner, interchangeable screwdriver set, cable ties and the most important of all duct tape.
Always remember to take your phone charger with you, ensure the kids have theirs and you’ve packed a spare just in case. A powerbank will allow you to charge up multiple devices without mains electricity, great for off-grid adventures.
If you’re going abroad be sure to pack multiple travel adaptors to avoid the children going to war over their depleting phone batteries.
Last updated June 2018