Interested in making your next road trip even better?
Check out these 28 hassle-free road trip hacks for a more enjoyable trip!
1. Tired of trash everywhere?
A plastic cereal container makes an excellent trash can. Plus, its lid ensures that you won’t have to worry about spillage.
2. Organize It!
Constantly unloading and reloading your vehicle can be a hassle. Make things easier by packing light and using plastic organizers. This way you can leave your things in the car and only take what you need for the night.
3. Homemade Phone Holder
Plan to use your phone as a GPS? Constantly checking your phone to make sure that you are on the right route can be annoying. To make things simpler, get a large binder clip and use it to make a stand for your phone.
4. Cover It!
Buy a trunk cover so that your stuff isn’t out in the open when you leave your vehicle.
5. Left or Right?
If you are one of those people that gets panicked easily on unfamiliar roads, use this picture as a guide. No longer will you have to worry about which side of the highway that the exit is on.
6. A Postcard Kit
Postcards are a great way to share your experiences on the road with friends and family. Make sure that you bring along stamps and your address book on your next adventure. Doing so will also make sure that you don’t forget to mail them.
7. Keep it Cold
Nothing feels better than an ice cold bottle of water when you are on a road trip, but this isn’t as simple as it sounds. To avoid drinking tepid water, follow these steps before hitting the road:
- Fill your water bottle to the halfway point
- Place it in your freezer on its side
- Fill it up before you get on the road
8. Tire Changing 101
Changing a tire on the side of the road is never fun. Keep the following infographic close at all times so that you’ll always know what to do.
9. Need Cupholders?
Use one of these hacks when you want a place to hold your extra drinks:
10. Be Prepared
Road trips can be unpredictable. Bring your AAA card and an emergency kit to make sure that you are prepared for any situation. It should include a blanket, water, flares, comfy shoes, and a flashlight.
11. No chargers? No problem!
12. Yes, CDs are Still a Thing
Being in a car for hours on end can be a little tedious, so bring along plenty of CDs to listen to. Using you car’s audio system will help save your phone battery. In this way, you will be able to do more important things, like playing games.
13. Sleep Well
Sleeping in a car can be uncomfortable. Follow the example pictured below and never worry about this issue again.
14. Keep it Organized
When you are on the road, it can be a hassle to search for your must-need items. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your front seat to keep everything within easy reach.
15. Find Cheap Gas
Use the Gas Buddy app to help you find the cheapest gas prices on your trip.
16. Snacks are a Must
Snacks are an essential component of every road trip. Use a small jewelry caddy to make a well organized food travel kit and never go without again.
17. Keep it Clean
Eating is not easy when you are driving, especially when you spill food all over yourself. Use a shower caddy to keep everything in one convenient place.
18. Watch Out For Tolls
It’s sad to say but E-Z pass doesn’t work everywhere. Keep plenty of small bills around to make paying tolls easier.
19. Smells Be Gone
Put an open box of dryer sheets in your car to keep funky smells at bay.
If you don’t like eating a fast food chains, use the Roadfood app to help you find local food. The website is also helpful.
21. Don’t Loose The Car!
It can be hard to remember where you parked when you are in a new city. Drop a pin to make sure that this doesn’t happen.
22. Dice Games
Use a small plastic container to hold your dice. This will make sure that you never lose your dice in the car again.
23. Backup Directions
Take a screenshot of the directions for your road trip before you leave home. In this way, will have a backup if anything goes wrong with your GPS.
24. Paper Maps
Use a highlighter to plot out your route on a physical map. Keep it safe by placing it inside a plastic protector.
25. Keep it Charged
When you are in a confined space with others for a long period of time, tensions can rise easily. Reduce the frustration by bringing a two-port USB charger on your next road trip so there won’t be any arguments about charging the phones.
26. Be Lazy
This hack is fairly self-explanatory. Not only is it pretty ingenious, you can fill up your gas tank with the least amount of hassle.
27. Charge ALL the Things
If you are a fan of different electronic devices, a multi-way charger is even better than a two-port USB charger.
28. Keep an Atlas Handy
Bring an atlas with you on your road trip. It will act as another backup if your GPS or your phone happens to lose power.
What did you think of these road trip hacks? Do you have any of your own to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.