December 6, 2021

What Is The Best Road Trip Cars? 12 Items You Need To Pack For Your Trip

With the rise of adventure-loving millennials and, well, our natural tendency to view life as a grand adventure, road trips are making a comeback. And while they can be fun (and breathtaking, it’s essential to know what kind of car is best to handle the job. Finding one that’s not only safe but also dependable and stylish can be tricky. The following list will provide you with all the info you need to find your match.

Let The Countdown Begins

Subaru Forester:

For those who want a reliable car that is versatile and fun to drive, there are few cars better than Subaru Foresters in terms of comfort and power. You can’t go wrong with a Subaru.

Subaru Outback:

The Subaru Outback is essentially a rugged station wagon that is also stylish. It’s perfect for rugged terrain and intense weather conditions on a road trip.

Audi Q5:

If you don’t want to drive an ordinary car on your road trip, consider the Q5. This car is excellent for all-weather driving and has high-end style and luxury touches (such as heated seats). When compared to other German luxury sedans, it’s also not a bad deal.

Toyota RAV4:

If you’re looking for a smaller vehicle, then the Toyota RAV4 is a good bet. It’s easy to navigate on all types of terrain, making it ideal for traveling on unknown roads.

Toyota Corolla:

The Corolla may be the best bet for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. It’s affordable and has tons of storage space so that you can pack plenty of gear. Most importantly, it won’t leave you stranded when you need it most.

Mini Cooper S:

Just because you’re going on a small road trip doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate a classic car.

 If you want to go the trastional route and still have plenty of room for gear, opt for the Mini Cooper S. Unlike other smaller cars, it still has a lot of power and is fun to drive.

Toyota Prius:

The Prius is the most popular hybrid car in the world – if you’re going on a road trip, the hybrid car is equipped to handle it. It’s quiet, affordable, and reliable, making it one of the best choices out there for traveling across several states.

Volkswagen Tiguan:

There are many great views on the market, but this one is particularly nice. It’s non-hybrid, reliable, and has lots of room, making it our pick as the best convertible road trip car.

Dodge Journey:

This highly functional car handles all kinds of terrain and weather conditions with ease. It is another option for those who want a compact family vehicle that won’t break the bank.

Mazda 3:

The Mazda 3 may be small, but it packs a punch with its surprising performance. It’s also slightly roomier than other smaller vehicles, making it ideal for long trips.

Nissan Sentra:

The Sentra is an affordable and reliable option that is great for those on a budget. It’s stylish, easy to drive, and gives you plenty of power when you need it most.

Subaru Legacy:

If you’re looking for a reliable family vehicle, then the Subaru Legacy is a great choice. It has all-wheel drive, so you can handle even the worst weather conditions.

Volkswagen Jetta:

This compact car may not have a lot of room, but it’s perfect for small road trips. It’s also reliable and has lots of features that make driving comfortable.

Dodge Charger:

The Dodge Charger is a fun-to-drive car with a lot of technology to offer its driver. It’s inexpensive and highly dependable, making it an ideal option for your next road trip.

Kia Forte:

The Kia Forte is one of our favorite cars for road trips because it comes with all the luxuries you could want from a car. While still being relatively affordable. It’s a good bet for those who wish to style and comfort without sacrificing performance.

Lincoln MKZ:

The MKZ is an ideal option for those who want a luxury car but in a midsize package. It has every feature you could want, making it one of the best luxury cars on the market.

Mini Cooper Countryman:

If you don’t want to opt for something larger while still getting all the classic Mini Cooper perks, then this is the way to go. It drives smoothly but still has plenty of space in its backseat so that you can bring along your travel buddies.

Toyota Avalon:

The Toyota Avalon is a good option because it offers the tremendous comfort and reliability you’d want from a full-size car. It can be able to carry plenty of gear. If you’re on a long road trip and want something extra spacious, then this could be the right car for you.

Volkswagen Passat:

Just because the old VW Beetle isn’t on the road anymore doesn’t mean that it can’t still be popular. It has an iconic look that suits most generations, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck without one for your next road trip.

Chevrolet Impala:

If you want a full-size family vehicle that can serve you well on both long and short trips, then the Impala could be the car for you. It has wide doors and plenty of room, making it easy to haul all your belongings from point A to B.

Ford Escape:

If you want a family car that can handle any terrain without breaking down, then the Ford Escape is worth checking out.

Road Trip Items for Your Car That you Need to Pack

The following is a list of items to pack in your car to be ready for any roadside emergencies. Be sure to remember the gas station about 15 minutes before you get there and weigh yourself down before anything else. To maintain traffic safety, you do not exceed the weight limit.

A map is essential if you’re planning to take any detours from the original route. I recommend bringing along an old-fashioned paper map as well as a digital version just in case your phone dies.

Gas Station: A gas station receipt because we all know how important those are (yes, I know they’re called ticket slips), keys for your house, phone charger, ATM card, emergency credit card if needed for an update on your phone bill or replacement phone.

Spare Tire: A spare tire kit, a jack, and tire iron.

First Aid Kit: Bandages of assorted sizes and gauze because you don’t know what might happen. You could get a paper cut from reading the gas station receipt!

Garbage Bags: Garbage bags are great for keeping trash off the floor of your car. A bag can be used to cover soiled seats and to make an instant poncho in case of an emergency rainstorm. A plastic bag is a must and can be used for something unexpected and to store items.

Basic Tools: A tire iron, screwdriver, and a hammer if you need to take care of any roadside emergencies.

Coolant Container: If you want to keep your car running smoothly, you must have the right amount of coolant is in there. Your engine may stop running if you add too much or too little liquid, so check it often. A container containing refrigerant gas can only hold so much before it needs to be replenished. You might also want to include antifreeze fluid as well for the same reason.

Rain Poncho: A rain poncho to get from place to place even if it is raining.

Paper Towels: To clean yourself or the car if you get something on yourself. It can be used to clean up any coolant or antifreeze spillage.

Copies of Important Documents: Copies of your insurance card, registration, and social security card in case these are lost during an emergency. It is a good to have them in your wallet as well as a copy of your car’s title.

Energy Bar: A protein bar for when you need quick sustenance on the go so that you don’t pass out while driving. In a life or death situation, you could pass out so that the next person who finds you is more likely to believe your story.

Flashlight: This is when you need to find something in your car at night and cannot see well enough to find it. A flashlight on a key chain can easily be attached so that it is always within reach.

Band-Aids: As previously stated, band-aids are great for anything that happens while on the road. Make sure to remember your extra small ones as they are helpful for tiny cuts and scrapes but do not last very long if left outside of a zip lock bag.

In Conclusion 

Now that you decided on a car for your road trip remember a few of these items before driving. It’ll be a lot easier to be prepared than having to deal with an unexpected car emergency in the middle of nowhere. Have a safe and fun trip.

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