Road tripping is perhaps one of the most exciting ways to travel on vacation, as it allows you to stop and see every attraction on the way to your destination. However, during a long car ride a number of not so exciting things can occur, including upset stomachs, car sickness, intense migraines, and not so pleasant body odor. Putting together a basket of toiletries and medications to keep in the car with you will allow you to avoid any of the above from ruining your vacation without having to make additional stops.
You can purchase a small plastic basket from almost any retailer, but if you have a Dollar Tree in your area you can pick one up for only $1.00. You will only need a small to medium sized basket to store your toiletries and medications in, so don’t purchase one so large that it will take up significant room in your car. I like to use a small plastic basket that simply sits behind my driver seat while on road trips.
Most of the items to pack in your medication and toiletry basket are already laying around your home, but if you do not have them you can pick them up cheaply at any chain store.
Make sure to pack both sunscreen and aloe vera gel, especially if traveling in the summer and if your car does not have tinted windows. Even though you are in a car, you can easily get sunburned while driving long distances. Be sure all passengers apply sunscreen regularly to avoid getting burned, and use the aloe vera gel in the event that someone does get a sunburn.
I like to pack a package of baby wipes as well as my deodorant in my toiletry and medication basket for road trips. This allows me to wipe myself down or reapply deodorant as needed throughout the trip so that I don’t begin to sweat or smell like I have been traveling in a hot car all day. When road tripping with my friends, we each throw our deodorant into the basket so that we can all reapply our’s as needed. Baby wipes can also be used for sticky hands or cleaning up messes and spills in the car that can often occur when driving with children.
I like to pack extra hairties and bobby pins in my basket as well, as my hair is long as can become annoying or hot while driving.
You will want to make sure every possible base is covered when it comes to packing medications for your road trip. I highly advise packing something for headaches, whether it be Tylenol, IBU Profen, Advil or Excedrin. When driving long distances in the sun, headaches often occur, especially if your eyes are light sensitive or if you do not hydrate yourself enough on the trip.
Dramamine is another must for long car rides, as it treats and prevents car sickness. Even if you or your passengers have never been car sick before, it is essential to bring along some Dramamine as your body may act totally different in an unfamiliar climate.
Bloating and upset stomach are two common side effects of road tripping, especially if you stop regularly for fast food along the way or consume too much sugar along the way. Pack some Pepto Bismol tablets that are chewable for the road as well as a container of Beano or a similar anti gas and bloating medication. This will ensure all passengers remain comfortable throughout the drive and that you do not have to take bathroom breaks at every rest stop.
Packing an over-the-counter allergy medication is also a good idea, as different plants in different climates can cause allergies to act up. Even if you do not have any known allergies at home, you may find yourself sneezing as you pass unfamiliar plants along the road.
Bug repellant and anti-itch cream are essential when driving through areas with mosquitoes. Spraying all of your passengers with bug repellent will keep mosquitoes from biting you at stops and the anti-itch cream will relieve pain and itching of existing bites.
Chapstick and body lotion will prevent your lips and skin from becoming dry on your road trip, especially when traveling in a convertible or with the windows cracked. The wind can easily chap your lips and skin causing irritation.
Bandaids and Neosporin are also a good idea to include in your toiletry and medication basket, especially when traveling with children who are more prone to falling and getting hurt. The last thing you need impeding upon your vacation is your child falling and scraping their knee in a public restroom and having no way to deal with it. While it is unlikely you will need these along the way, it is better to be safe and pack them than sorry.
Hand sanitizer is another must for your basket. This will kill any germs your hands pick up at rest stops and public bathrooms.
While most truck stops and gas stations will carry these items, it is far less expensive to pick them up and pack them in advance. You can easily end up spending $3.00 for two tablets of Tylenol at a gas station, whereas you can get an entire bottle for this price at Target or Walmart. Packing these items ahead of time is far less expensive and will ensure you are prepared for anything as you make your way to your destination.