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Things To Pack For A Road Trip


Call it the effect of road trip movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Piku or that independent millennials love to be in control of their itinerary and pace a long trip according to their own convenience, what cannot be overlooked is that road trips are a rage nowadays.

And while the experience can be a lot of fun and immensely rewarding, things can quickly go awry if you haven’t prepared for it.

So, here is a list of essentials to pack before embarking on a road trip

  • Car Documents

    Make sure that the following documents are in the glove compartment of your car before you head out

    • Photocopies of your Driver’s License
    • Registration Certificate (RC Book)
    • Car Manual
    • Valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate
    • Car Insurance Policy
    • Numbers for Road Side Assistance from your insurance
  • Car Insurance

    While it is mandatory to have insurance for your car at all times, double check to ensure that the policy is in force for the duration of your trip. Car Insurance can come in particularly handy during a road trip as they offer 24/7 break down assistance across the country.

  • Car Phone Charger Outlet /USB Charger

    Since you will rely on your mobile phone for directions and music, you need to ensure that it is juiced up at all times. A Car Phone Charger with multiple ports would be a great investment.

  • Offline Map

    If you are driving in the hills or off the major highways, it is likely that you will have little or no network connectivity. Make sure you have the maps of areas you are travelling in downloaded on your phone to enable offline navigation

  • Snacks

    While you may find a shop selling basic groceries even in the remotest corners of India, it would still be a good idea to stock up a few dry snacks like biscuits, khakhras, etc. as you may be travelling at night and may have to go miles before you find an open shop.

  • Music

    Create a large playlist of your favourite songs and include them in your phone to perk your mood. Now a days there are music apps which help you listen to a massive range of songs. Through such apps, one can even download favourite songs and listen to the without the internet.

  • A large water bottle

    While people may find it convenient to stock a crate of mineral water bottles, not only does it take up space, it isn’t very environmentally friendly. Make sure you carry a large water bottle that you can refill when you stop to eat at restaurants or stay over in hotels

  • Swiss Army Knife

    One can never overstate the usefulness of a Swiss Army Knife. It has a multitude of uses. It includes a pair of scissors, blade, bottle opener, corkscrew, can opener, screwdrivers and a few more appendages. By know you might be aware that a single Swiss Army Knife, which will snugly fit in your pocket, can be used for a several purposes.

  • Travel Insurance

    If you are travelling outside India, it is recommended that you take out a travel insurance policy to protect you from unforeseen circumstances such as loss of passport, hospitalization due to an accident, etc.

  • A few plastic waste bags

    Carry a few to store trash generated on a long journey. This would help keep your car as well as your travel destination clean.

  • Emergency Car Kit

    Make sure that your car has the following equipment to help you deal with a minor breakdown

    • A Spare tire filled with air
    • Torch
    • Carjack
    • Warning triangle
    • Distilled water for your battery
    • Engine Oil
    • Coolant
    • A spare can to fill petrol

    One should create a check-list and include all the essential items mentioned above. This will result in a safe, fun-filled and comfortable road trip.

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