From finding the cheapest gas in town to packing more stuff with the right ratchet straps, here are some of our favorite road trip hacks. The following tips and tricks let you focus more on having fun and making memories, because isn’t that what road trips are all about?
1. Handy-Dandy Ratchet Straps
Rarely, if ever, will all your gear (including luggage, bikes, kayaks, surfboards, etc.) fit inside of your car. That’s where tying stuff to the outside of your car comes in handy… but you don’t want to use the wrong straps for the job. For instance, bungee cords are prone to snapping or stretching out so badly they lose all their grip for the trip home. Ratchet straps offer way more dependability.
Nothing beats our one-of-a-kind 15-ft Ratchet Tie Down Straps sold in packs of 4. With 500 lbs. load capacity and up to 1,500 lbs. break strength, our premium industrial grade ratchet straps are ideal for your wildest adventures. Buy here
2. Find Cheap Gas
You have an idea which gas stations in your neck of the woods tend to charge the highest prices, but when you’re passing through an unfamiliar town it’s easy to pay too much at the pump. Luckily, you can save money every time you fuel up by using apps like Gas Buddy or Gas Guru. These apps, along with several others, offer lists of local gas stations and current prices so you can pick the most reasonable option without driving all over town.
3. Download Venmo Before You Leave
If you’re traveling with a group of friends, one of the best road trip hacks is to download the Venmo app. The app synchs with your bank account and allows you to quickly and easily pay your friends and get paid without incurring any fees. So, instead of handing the drive-through cashier 5 different credit cards, one person can pay while everyone else uses Venmo to cover their share. The same thing goes for filling up at the pump, grabbing groceries, and so forth.
4. Bring a Makeshift Trash Can
A messy car happens faster than you can say “are we there yet?” Keep the messes to a minimum by bringing along a trash can. A large cereal container lined with a plastic bag makes the perfect no-spill trash bin. Plus, since you can close it, it’ll help eliminate smells.
5. Use Pins to Mark Your Location Whenever You Park
Use your phone to drop a pin wherever you park your car in an unfamiliar area. That way, after you finish exploring you’ll know exactly how to get back to your car. That means you waste no time going up and down the street clicking your alarm button.
6. Pack Plenty of Snacks
Snacks are fuel for road trips and the more snacks you pack the less frequently you must stop to buy food. Bring snacks that are high in protein to keep you feeling fuller longer, like peanuts, protein bars, or jerky.
7. Don’t Forget Some Utensils
Bring a bag with forks, plates and plenty of napkins to make eating on the road easy breezy.
8. Pack a Pool Raft if You Plan to Sleep in Your Car
Planning on sleeping in your car? Pack a pool raft that fits across your backseat for utmost comfort.
9. Invest in a Five-Port Charger
A five-port charger ensures everyone’s devices are always powered up and ready for use.
10. Take a Screenshot of Directions
You never know if you’ll lose Wi-Fi connection going through certain areas. Prevent the loss of Wi-Fi from interfering with your plans by taking a screenshot of directions when you first pull them up. This allows you to follow directions with or without Wi-Fi, plus it’ll help conserve battery life.
11. Pack Emergency Kits
You never know what’s going to happen out on the road, what’s important is that you are prepared for anything. Some extra supplies worth packing include water, shoes, a flashlight with extra batteries, Advil, toilet paper, wet wipes, lotion, a blanket, and anything else you might need.
You’ll also need an emergency car kit in case something goes wrong with your automobile. Important things to pack include gloves, jumper cables, flares, air compressor, duct tape, a flat head and Phillips Screwdriver, a spare tire and anything else you might need if something goes wrong out on the road.