Do you go on road trips? We do! Whether it be for a day trip to hike, or a week-long vacation, there always seems to be a reason for some type of road trip!

As I was sitting in the car in traffic the other day, coming back from a road trip, it got me thinking. With more and more people on the road these days, what would be some of the things that are needed for a road trip, no matter the number of miles (we always remember to bring water and a few snacks because I don’t think there is ever a time that we don’t get stuck in traffic!).

Summer Road Trips

In a summer travel survey conducted by, one of the questions that was asked was, “Will you take a road trip this summer?

Let’s take a look at the results of that survey question:

No — 21.34%
Yes, within 100 miles of my home — 16.52%
Yes, within 250 miles of my home — 23.40%
Yes, within 500 miles of my home — 20.45%
Yes, within 1,000 miles of my home — 11.21%
Yes, more than 1,000 miles from my home — 7.08%

The survey also revealed that women were more likely than men to have intentions of doing a road trip this summer. 80.15% of women said they would do a road trip this summer and 76.92% of men said they intended to do so. Those over age 60 were the least likely to take a road trip this summer.

Are you planning on taking a road trip or two this summer? Let me know in the comment section, I would love to hear about your plans!

Road Trip Essentials

What are some items that you should have in your vehicle, or take along with you, on a road trip? According to U.S. News & World Report, here are a few:

Safety items such as a flashlight (and extra batteries), jumper cables, power banks and charging wires, a portable tire inflator, a high-quality multi-tool, a dashboard phone mount, and an emergency roadside kit.

Personal care items such as hand sanitizers, a first-aid kit, nausea relief products, body wipes, and disinfecting wipes.

Storage items such as a cooler, car trash bin, trash bags, car organizer.

Comfort and convenience items such as blankets and pillows, reusable water bottles, window shades, and travel towels.

Other items might include activity books for kids, snacks, and spare cash.

If you have any road trip essentials of your own to share, please let me know in the comments!

Panel members: If you buy any new items for a road trip, please don’t forget to scan them! You can easily report the gas and coffee that you buy before and during the trip by using the Non-Barcoded Items list in the NCPMobile app. Oh, and don’t forget the purchases you make at a rest stop along the way!

If you take any road trips this summer, or in any other season, be safe, have fun, and make some great memories!


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