Include these 10 things in your next Road Trip!

Thinking of a road trip but worrying over whether it’s a good decision or not?! I would say, think not! Go on & hit the road!

When you go on a road trip, you feel the travel. You breathe in the place, take stops at the local eateries & see for yourself how the landscape changes gradually. If you are in India, road trips are even more interesting since you hear people speak in vernacular every 50 kms., experience weather changes every 100 kms. & enjoy different cuisines around every nook & corner.

OOty, Nilgiris

For your next road trip, remember to include the following in your checklist & you will be good to go!

1. Maps:  Take one wrong turn & you find yourself in the middle of nowhere trying to find your way back to the highway. Plan your trip in advance and get a map. Use Google Maps: just type in your destination & choose the route most suitable. Just be a little careful because sometimes you end up getting stuck in the narrowest possible lanes while you follow Google Maps. Ensure that your phone is full charged while you use Google maps because it sucks battery power. You should also carry the portable mobile stands especially crafted to help you with navigation while you are on the drive.

Key Tip: To save on the internet data consumption, put the date mode to off after locking the route to the destination. Maps will still work on data off mode!

2. Camera: Remember to carry a good camera with you to capture the scenes on your way. Keep the camera with you handy & charged. While you are on road, you catch numerous sights of  cattle flocking together on the road, a perfectly circular rainbow across the horizon or a really ecstatic tree with ultra green leaves & flowers of colors your girl can’t differentiate. Lock these sights with you forever!

3. Your road trip special playlist:  Along with the sight of changing landscapes & colorful flowers, add the cherry on the cake by creating a road trip special playlist. Include songs for everyone & travel your way through music.

4. Quick Snacks & Bites: I have committed this mistake of not carrying something to eat & then getting frustrated because it starts to get acidic in my stomach. Carry quick bites with you: chocolates, nuts, almonds, walnut, biscuits & snack bars. Remember to carry some water bottles or a water jug too. Stock less on chips or fried stuff. They make you thirsty quite a lot. You drink water & the next moment you are searching for the loo.

5. Tool kit & a spare tyre: Always carry the tool kit with you. Carry a spare tyre too. You never know when you need it. In fact, I would advise you to check out a few videos on You Tube about possible car trouble & how do you find you way through that.

6. First Aid: Carry the basic first aid: antibiotics, antiseptic creams, pills for headache/ stomachache, bandaids et al. It is also a good idea to get your medical/ accidental insurance done before you go on holidaying.

7. Quick Cash for Tolls: Some of the states have tolls set up after every 100 kms. If you are in for a long road trip, it’s always recommended to carry some quick cash that you can pay at the Tolls & leave hassle free.

8. Neck Pillows: Neck Pillows are a blessing during road trips. Whether you are driving or merely enjoying the drive, neck pillows are a big relief when you have to sit or drive for hours together.

9. Toiletries & Tissue Papers: Eating at road side restaurants or stalls & using the common restrooms is a usual thing on road trips. Carry the toiletries with you in a separate bag. Keep the sanitiser, soaps, tissue papers handy. You get tanned quite easy, on the road. So, use dollops of sun screen & don’t forget your cool, stylish pair of sunglasses.

10. A spare mobile: Running out of battery is a common phenomenon when you are travelling specially when you are using your mobile to click pictures, navigate via Google maps & post your pictures on Social Media. Carry a battery bank as well as a spare mobile with a sim card with you. Also, keep a notebook with the contact numbers of your family members & accommodations where you are staying.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your road trip today & get set to go on the road!

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Here are a few memories from the road trips that I have taken:

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. LinseyHZingg says:

    I don’t realize how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I will not know who you are but definitely you happen to be going to a famous blogger
    in the event you will not be already 😉 Cheers!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Just Yamini says:

      Thanks Linsey – Loved the motivation 🙂


  2. Piyush says:

    Good one.. I am keeping this as a reference for my next trip..!


    1. Just Yamini says:

      Thanks. 🙂 Let me know if this helps or not.


  3. V Maruthi Rao says:

    True Yamini. While travelling to Hyderabad on NH7 from Bangalore I had a very bitter experience as nothing is available on the road. I should have packed something for the road. Yes, later on I never repeated the mistake. And you are a travel bug today and to boot you write so beautifully and mouth wateringly too. I mean, you understand. The way you snap those eatables on the roadside. Enjoyed your travelogues, Yamini. Keep writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Just Yamini says:

      Sir, your words are such a motivation. I will definitely keep writing & hopefully my write-ups continue to interest you.

      Thanks a ton once again sir. I am delighted to hear such great words.


  4. Just Yamini says:

    Thank you Shivam, Anupriya & Neha. Readers like you & comments like these keep the spirits up.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kami says:

    Your style is really unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from.
    Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Just Yamini says:

      Thanks Kami. Keep visiting!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. mrssaripalli says:

    Omg… Forgot the mention the mesmerizing pictures . #sowannagothere

    Liked by 1 person

  7. mrssaripalli says:

    Babe…. I agree with the list and the amazing pictures. Beautifully penned down.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Shivam Gupta says:

    It was an amazing read. Only a person with appreciable travel experience could have written it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Anupriya says:

    Truly delightful post. Next time i m gonna hit the road for a trip, i m definitely gonna follow all the advice.
    Keep updating us about all you have learnt and experienced on your trips.


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