There’s nothing more exciting than heading out on a road trip. While you’re sure to have already planned your destination and where you’re going to stop along the way, you’re probably wondering what to bring along with you.

Take a look here at the top essentials you will need for your road trip.

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1. Emergency Roadside Kit

Having an emergency roadside kit in your car when you’re heading out on a road trip is essential to ensuring your safety.

The kit should include things such as a reflective vest, type gauge, light sticks, a warning triangle and even a rain poncho in case you get stuck in a storm while trying to sort out car troubles.

2. Small Tent With Hammer and Pegs

You may decide that you want to spend a night out under the stars or maybe you don’t make it to the next town before nightfall. Whatever causes your plans to change, a tent is essential when you head off on a long road trip.

3. Swimming Gear

The chances of coming across the perfect beach spot or swimming hole on your journey are high. Make sure you pack all your swimming gear and a towel or two with you so that you can cool off from the long and hot days of driving.

4. First Aid Kit

If you’re road-tripping for any length of time, having a fully stocked first aid kit could be the difference between a good and bad outcome. Especially if you’re travelling in areas with less than perfect health care.

5. Bug Spray

There’s no denying that mosquitoes and other bugs can be intolerable during the warmer months. Don’t forget to take along a can of your most effective insect repellent to ensure that you can travel in comfort without being harassed by hungry little insects.

6. All Your Car and Travel Documents

Be sure to have all the essential car documents you may need such as registration, license and any rental papers if you’re hiring your car.

7. Spare Food and Water

Always be sure to have several days worth of food as well as plenty of bottled water in case you don’t come across a town or shop for a while. Australia is huge and it’s not uncommon to be on the road for several hours without having anywhere to stop for essentials.

8. Hiking Boots and A Pair of Flip Flops

Bring spare footwear such as hiking boots or flip flops in case you want to get off the beaten path and spend a few hours hiking through the bush or walking along the beach.

9. Portable Stove and Cook Set

Be sure to bring along a small portable cooktop and some cooking implements if you’re planning to spend a few days camping.

10. Sunscreen

It may seem obvious, but sunscreen is so important! Nothing ruins your road trip holiday faster than being burnt to a crisp. Pack a tube or two of some SPF50+ and be sure to use it regularly.

Packing for a road trip can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many things to remember that it can be easy to forget important items. With our handy list, however, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you thought. Just remember to bring along your essential items and you’re sure to be set.

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If you’re looking to hire a car and set out on a road trip, we can help!

Get in touch or call us  (07) 4051 6288 at Mini Car Rentals today and we’ll get you set up with a rental car in no time at all.

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