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Jamie Ballard

Summer Road Trip Essentials

Summer is a great time to pack up your car, a few friends, and head out on the open road a la Jack Kerouac. Depending on the length, destinations, and type of road trip, what you need may vary. But no matter where your're headed, make sure you bring these basic essentials.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Healthy snacks (to keep you from eating too much fast food)
  • Phone and charger
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Warm, water-resistant clothes
  • Plastic bags for trash
  • Bottled water
  • Frisbee, deck of cards, or other form of entertainment
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dry shampoo
  • Credit cards and cash (keep them separate if possible)
  • A journal or notebook
  • A pocket knife
  • Swimwear
  • Sandals (to wear in communal showers if necessary)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Duct tape (hey, you never know!)
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Deodorant (seriously)
  • Comfy t-shirts, shorts, and pants