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Road T(r)ips: Summer Road Trip Essentials

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By Madeline Klein on March 30, 2021 in Travel

Whether you're taking a preplanned road trip this summer or making a route of your own, we've got the summertime essentials for your packing list.


The summer heat can be notorious for causing dead batteries, tire blowouts and coolant issues. Be sure to check your battery, tires and coolant levels before you pull out of the driveway. You'll want to be sure to pack a few essentials just in case you find yourself in a sticky situation!

  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Spare tire (with a tire iron and jack)
  • Water in case something happens and you have to wait in the heat a while


From sunburn to bug bites, your trip is going to be a lot more comfortable if you remember to pack these few necessities.

  • Mosquito repellant/bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water


Sometimes you need a few practical items to keep trips running smoothly. Here are a few to consider:

  • A cooler to keep your perishables and water cool. If you're on the hunt for a good cooler and don't know where to start? Here are a few recommendations for soft and hard coolers.
  • A trash can to keep your car clean and organized. Don't want to haul a bulky can around? Here's a nifty hack using a cereal dispenser as a trashcan.
  • Wet wipes. Melty snacks and spilled drinks can get really sticky in the summer heat. It's always good to have a set of wipes handy.


Snacks, you can't forget about the road snacks! And while it may be a no-brainer, sometimes they require a little inspiration. So here's our summer road trip snack picks:


Another must. Summer road trips are a blast, but they don't come without some lulls. Here are some ways to keep you and your fellow passengers entertained:

  • Games: From "I Spy" to the License Plate Game, there are so many ways to be creative and have fun on the road - no matter your age! Need some more ideas? Check out a few of our recommendations!
  • Music: There's nothing better than windows down and jamming to some tunes! Need some inspo? Here are a few tunes to help set those summer vibes. If that's not enough, both Spotify and Pandora have road trip playlists you can rock out to.
  • Podcasts: Maybe music is not really your thing? We got you! Check out our podcast recommendations made for the open road!

It's always better to be overprepared than under-prepared anytime you leave home. Before hitting the road make sure you pack the essentials so you can focus on fun and not worry about the "what-ifs"!

Going on a road trip this summer? Share a photo with us on social media! Tag @SayInsurance on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #SayAdventures.

Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digital media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!